Terminal Gods return with their brand new single, Cold Life, out July 14 on Heavy Leather Records. Showcasing thunderous drums; a garage fuzztone of a blues riff at its core; and a lead guitar that snakes, soars, and escalates throughout. “A garage punk anthem that swaggers and burns.” – God is in the TV
The release of Cold Life comes with the announcement of The Gods’ first UK tour in July with fellow Londoners, dressmaker (of whom NME said: “fuzz that scratches so deep it would make the Jesus & Mary Chain whimper“).
“Imagine a world in which Andrew Eldritch kept his hair and his leather jacket, and instead of doing crossword puzzles for the last decade, he spent his time cracking skulls in biker bars. Shazam! Terminal Gods”
– Classic Rock
“Snarling rock ‘n’ roll full of swagger and grit” – Artrocker
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.
“An impressive showing by a band with something to say.” – Gig Slutz
“Bludgeoning, drum-machine driven, rock ‘n’ roll” – Soundsphere
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 –
14/06 – Fiddler’s Elbow (w/ Dramalove) LONDON EVENT
16/07 – 13th Note (w/ Dressmaker) GLASGOW EVENT
17/07 – Bannerman’s Cowgate (w/ Dressmaker) EDINBURGH EVENT
18/07 – Wharf Chambers (w/ Dressmaker) LEEDS EVENT
19/07 – The Giffard Arms (w/ Dressmaker) WOLVERHAMPTON
25/07 – Buffalo Bar (w/ Dressmaker) LONDON
For music, news and tour details:
- Terminal Gods release 'White Light/White Heat' video for Velvet Underground tribute EP
- Stream new Terminal Gods single 'Cold Life'; out July 14
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