Godbothering – Pure Rawk meets Godsized
Godsized have been simmering nicely under the surface of the underground metal scene for a good few years now, and this year promises to see them really start to break through. We catch up with guitarist Neil to get ‘the scoop’ on Godsized and see what they’re got brewing.
Introductions – who’s in the band and who does what?
I’m Neil and I play guitar, Glen sings and plays guitar too. Gav is our bassist and Effon does the rest!
What have you been up to lately?
Just trying to keep busy and push the band really. We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of gigs come up so far this year, and some of them have been at some really cool venues with some great bands so hopefully we can carry on in that direction and just get out there as much as possible playing as many new places as we can.
You guys played the main stage at Hellfire fest a few months ago – did it seem like a big thing, or just the next step for you guys? Looks like you’ve been making good progress the last year or so…
Can you give us a brief history of Godsized – where did you start, what prompted you to get the band together?
Godsized basically started in the Cartoon rock bar in Croydon – four hairy drunk dudes who thought it would be a good idea to put a band together. Fast forward four years and I’m the only original member left. For me the band’s sound and direction really started happening when Glen joined on vocals in 2006. Effon and Gav joined last year, about 6 months apart from each other and we immediately knew that the line-up was fully complete and really strong. Not to take anything away from anyone else who’s ever been in the band before but this is definitely the ultimate line-up of this band. We’re all on the exact same page as far as ambitions and musical styles go, and have a really good playing chemistry which is a hard thing to find.
Between you, what would you say are your favourite bands or biggest influences?
So many bands! But a big thing about us is that we all listen to quite varied music. For inspiration we basically listen to a lot of old school rock music from the 60’s and 70’s, with a healthy does of blues thrown in too! Maybe not what you’d expect but if you only listen to the type of music that you make then you can never progress or grow, ya know? It’s like chasing your tail all the time.
How’s the reception been to the first EP – had much press/airplay/etc?
Yeah so far it’s been really cool! Nothing but positive feedback and reviews and we hope to build on that with some more reviews in the major rock magazines soon.
You guys have roots in Croydon – what’s your opinion on the Croydon ‘scene’? Any great bands you want to shout about?
Yeah, even though we have members from Reading and Andover, I still consider us a Croydon band. Our roots are there, and some of the best gigs we’ve played have been there. There are a few cool bands about and a big fan base for Rock & Metal music. I wish there was a slightly bigger venue there – something to encourage bands from further afield to come and play and make it a legitimate stop on the touring scene, the audience is there for sure. I think there are some great Croydon bands about like Mordecai, the 23 Enigma, Rosewest, Shivery, and Sons of Merrick & Snakebite who are from surrounding areas of Croydon and often play there.
What’s been your best gig of the last year or so?
Hellfire festival was a good’un, we did a show with Mantra in York at the Fibbers venue in January and that was a great show, recently did the Wedgewood Rooms in Portsmouth which was good too but I’d have to say headlining the LA2 last December was the one that meant the most to me. It was our first gig with Gav on bass, our EP launch show and obviously the venue’s reputation speaks for itself! The fact that it’s gone now is heart-breaking…
What next for the band? Any plans for a full album soon, gigs, or more festival appearances?
I think a band like ours is predominantly a live band, so we have to keep gigging and raising the bands profile one gig at a time. We’re hoping to land a few support slots on tours, etc later in the year which will be awesome. We’ve had some interest from some labels about an album, or re-issue of the EP with new tracks so it’s exciting to see what may come from that too. We’d love to get out to Europe and do some shows over there later this year too, so basically it’s all about getting in the back of the van and getting out there for Godsized!