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 their critically acclaimed cassette single last year and their upcoming debut LP. Ferocious guitars, pounding drums and explosive synths combine to create a newer sound for the band while frontman Robert Cowlin impresses with baritone vocals and expressive, dark lyrics.
‘Road of the Law/Movement’ is out on October 16th through the bands 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 have sold out two 7” singles, a cassette and one ecstatically received 12” EP, ‘Machine Beat Messiah’, of 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 seriously limiting ourselves in some production areas, such as compression and quantising, but making full use of mic techniques and in studio effects. The aim was to emulate older, analogue style recording technique 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 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.
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. Their debut album is due out early next year and will coincide with further tour plans.
Robert Cowlin – Vocals
Robert Maisey – Guitar and Drum Programming
Jonathon Campbell Ratcliffe – Bass Guitar
JC – Guitar
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