Due for release any day now, the debut EP ‘Swallow’ from God On My Right is a sonic wonder, banging together a variety of industrial sounds. There are throwbacks to the eighties (think New Order) hints of nineties rave (think Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy) over which lives a mixture of dreamy-pop and urban, spoken vocals.
Starting with Not So Young, the intro to the EP has a feel of dub with the rhythmic bassline and urban flavour. It’s a loud start. A hey, fuck you, we’re here kinda start. Then from nowhere a set of slow, dream-like vocals creep in. It’s interesting, different.
The EP continues in said manner. The creativity of the duo is clear. While there are elements of other artists here, ‘Swallow’ is definitely an independent and original creation. In Kneel Down the vocals change to a gritty, spoken style. It feels like a rant. There’s a strong sense of anger. Having cut their teeth practicing in Crash Studios, Liverpool, it feels like the Mersey has swept into the EP. Liverpool is a city of protest, and the EP sounds like it’s at the picket fence shouting about the countless injustices that are present on every street corner in this Tory, Thatcher-esque Britain. This isn’t necessarily the vocals, more the tone. Either way, there’s nothing cute or quiet about these guys. They know what they’re doing and they’re not shy about telling you so.
You may have heard of God On My Right after they bossed the Liverpool Sound Week closing party, alongside the likes of Everything Everything and AJ Tracey. That party was a perfect example of their sound; they seem to dance between genres, balancing an experimental sound with fingers in the eighties, with the industrial, with city sounds, with bits of indie and flashes of grime. This is a dirty, angry, wonderful EP. Keep your eyes on their socials and get yourselves to a gig. You won’t be disappointed.