London based machine-beat post-punks, Terminal Gods, have returned with their new 7” single – Road Of The Law. Backed by b-side Movement, this single showcases a transitionary period between 2014’s critically acclaimed single, Cold Life, and their upcoming debut LP. Ferocious guitars, pounding drums, and explosive synths combine to create a fresh sound for the band, whilst frontman Robert Cowlin impresses with baritone vocals and expressive, dark lyrics.
Photo credit: Andy Oxley
Road Of The Law / Movement is out on October 16th through the band’s own label and promotions company, Heavy Leather Promotions, and their single launch will be hosted at The Unicorn, Camden Road, on the same day.
On stage, Terminal Gods form an imposing line. Like desperate outlaws facing down an angry mob. Backed by a rack of drum-machine hardware and armed with an arsenal of frantically overdriven pop songs, the band stand in a smoke shrouded musical no-man’s land. Finding themselves halfway between the uncompromising, raucous hard rock of the ’70s, and the cold, new wave beats of ’80s, Terminal Gods are a fearsome live band with something to say.
Since forming in 2011, the band has sold out two 7” singles, a cassette, and one ecstatically received 12” EP, Machine Beat Messiah, which Absolution claimed to be “the best release of the year”. This is a band passionate about vinyl and the quality of their physical releases with an unrelenting need to write, record, and hone their sound. Both Cowlin and guitarist Robert Maisey had very clear ideas of how they wanted the new tracks recorded, and were for the first time allowed to take full control of this process in their own studio in Dalston.
“We wanted to recreate the TG live experience, complete with all the dynamics, drama, and air of a live show. We did this by rejecting some modern production tricks, such as brick-wall compression and quantising, whilst making full use of mic techniques and in-studio effects. The aim was to emulate older, analogue style recording practises to get the beautifully flawed feel of some of our favourite old punk singles”.
In their short time together they’ve toured through mainland Europe four times including Norway, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain and have maintained a considerable following in London, selling out the upstairs Garage and The Camden Barfly respectively on the back of their last release.
On top of this they run live music and club nights in and around North London under Heavy Leather Promotions (the label they run out of their living room) and A New Dusk, which started out as a blog and has since escalated into London’s leading minimal and cold-wave club night. They’ve even featured in a comic book by illustrating duo Shart Attack, available in comic shops across the country.
Frontman Robert Cowlin’s song-writing craftsmanship deals in the dark imagery and storytelling he acquired growing up fascinated with cult film and literature. With a mixed melting pot of melody, texture, and influence, The Gods are classic song-writing personified, with exquisite arrangement and glorious production which harks back to a golden era in British music.
They cite influences from Nick Cave to The Stooges, from The Cult to Automatic era Jesus & Mary Chain, but Terminal Gods are their own runaway freight train of dark, new heavy sounds with a pop sensibility. Their debut album is due out early next year and will coincide with further tour plans.
The Band –
Robert Cowlin – Voice
Robert Maisey – Guitar and Drum Programming
Jonathon Campbell Ratcliffe – Bass Guitar and Synthesiser
JC – Guitar
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