GodNo! – Too Much Future (Reckless Yes)

GodNo! – Too Much Future (Reckless Yes)

Derby ‘supergroup’ GodNo! release their debut EP Too Much Future bringing their melodic but dissonant noise rock to Reckless Yes.

GodNo! black and white band image

Artist: GodNo!
Tracks: Too Much Future EP
Label: Reckless Yes
Released: 7 August 2020
Find it: Bandcamp | Spotify

In the gloaming of a late August dusk last year, in the before times while the coming pandemic was still gestating, and lulled by the rhythm of the train and the streaks of occasional light in far off hills or across the expanse of blacker-than-the-sky sea I sat and considered how much the concept of a supergroup turned me off. With astonishing prejudice I frowned around the phrase.

But the long journey across the country gave me time to stop my sulking and give the music sitting in my inbox a chance. It was, after all, a supergroup formed by some of my favourite musicians from bands on our label Reckless Yes, conceived by my label co-founder through being inspired by the work we were doing there.

Pete Darrington, that Reckless Yes co-founder and GodNo! guitarist said, “We borrowed the title for our EP ‘Too Much Future’ from a painting by Christine Sun Kim which seemed to sum up what all four songs are about – the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that we’re all facing and dealing with right now as the 21st Century seems to be accelerating towards an apocalyptic brick wall. But it’s not about the doom and gloom of the situation, as all the songs are about what we can do within ourselves to find a way through it all and hopefully make things better before it’s too late.”

Back on that night train with ‘Hulk’ blasting into my ears the individual styles of all four members were clear from the off – the angular riffs and time signatures from Pete Darrington evocative of his Cable days, the solid, relentless but never less than inventive rhythms of Dan Barradell  from Pet Crow, the melodic guitar lines weaving through from James Stewart formerly of Merrick’s Tusk, and on this track holding the dissonant components together with fierceness is Shelley Jane of everyone from Mighty Kids to Grawl!x and her own Sex Jokes. Perhaps ‘supergroup’ is justified after all.

The Too Much Future EP is out on Reckless Yes digitally and on limited edition CD now.

Find GodNo!: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp | Spotify

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Full disclosure: Sarah Lay is editor of Popoptica and co-founder of Reckless Yes. She wouldn’t write about or release music she didn’t really love.

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Sarah Lay

Sarah Lay is editor of Popoptica.
A long-standing music journalist she's also co-founder of independent record label Reckless Yes, an author of novels, and when not messing around with words and music, a digital strategist.
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