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 the genuine desperadoes of London’s emerging underbelly of dark dive bar rock bands.
Since forming in 2011 the band have sold out an EP and two 7” singles to an ever growing fanbase desperate for more and they’re riding high after the release of their ecstatically received 12” EP, Machine Beat Messiah. Absolution claimed it 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 that’s rivalled only by their impressive gig record.
In their short time together they’ve toured their machine beat, chorus heavy anthems through mainland Europe four times including Norway, Germany, Italy, France and Spain and have kept 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.
“A pounding ferocity that makes me want to talk in clipped sentences. Hook-iness nestled in a gnarled shelter of blazing guitars. Almost poignant in its refusal of poignancy. Black leather hiding a tender heart”
– Fingertips Music
“An impressive showing by a band with something to say.” – Gig Slutz
Frontman Robert Cowlin’s songwriting craftsmanship deals in the dark imagery and storytelling he acquired growing up fascinated in cult film and literature. With a mixed melting pot of melody, texture and influence, The Gods are classic songwriting personified, with exquisite arrangement and glorious production which harks back to a golden era in British songwriting.
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 and 2014 sees further European tour plans, an LP to follow, and much more.
The Band –
Robert Cowlin – Vocals
Robert Maisey – Lead Guitar and Drum programming
Jonathon Campbell Ratcliffe – Bass Guitar
JC – Rhythm Guitar
Upcoming dates –
06/06 – Aces & Eights (w/ Desperate Journalist) LONDON
14/06 – Fiddler’s Elbow (w/ Dramalove) LONDON
16/07 – 13th Note (w/ Dressmaker) GLASGOW
17/07 – Bannerman’s Cowgate (w/ Dressmaker) EDINBURGH
18/07 – Wharf Chambers (w/ Dressmaker) LEEDS
19/07 – The Giffard Arms (w/ Dressmaker) WOLVERHAMPTON
25/07 – Buffalo Bar (w/ Dressmaker) LONDON
- Terminal Gods release new video for 'Cold Life'
- Terminal Gods release 'White Light/White Heat' video for Velvet Underground tribute EP
- London based machine-beat post-punks Terminal Gods return with new single 'Road of the Law'
- Fourth & Coast release new single teaser ft. The Ready Set; tour with X Factor's Jennel Garcia
- The Number Ones release new song from Self Titled album out Aug.5 on Deranged Records
- Brisbane's 16 year old Cypher releases new track 'Light and Sound'; featured on ABC MY24