Saturday 13th Feb
The Garage, London
Gig-goers were treated to an electrifying show from South London rockers, The Godfathers at The Garage last Saturday. The crowd were a mixed bunch of rock-loving youngsters and older fans who, riff by riff, were re-living their teenage kicks. The Garage itself allows for a no-frills gig experience. With just a bar, smokey stage and The Sex Pistols blaring through the speakers, this venue is (refreshingly) all about the music.
Godfathers were supported by bluesy foursome Eight Rounds Rapid who ended their set with I want a Drink, resonating with the audience, most of whom were already at the bar. New wave post-punk band Department S followed and did well in warming up the audience who wasted no time in drawling the audience to the front of the stage. This was the show to kick of their 2016 tour which saw the band played a varied set comprising of older releases and material from their new album When All Is Said And All Is Done. Those who hadn’t before seen Department S knew they were witnessing old school genius.
Donning Mafia attire, The Godfathers strutted out suitably sound tracked by sounds reminiscent of an old gangster movie. 'How the f*** are you, Highbury?!' Front man Peter Coyne demanded to know. The 5 piece kicked off the set with the rabble-rousing Cause I Said So from the 1988 album Birth, School, Work, Death. The audience responded with cheers of appreciation as the revellers at the front began to bump shoulders.
The band thundered into I want Everything and Peter Coyne spat the lyrics in a style similar to Johnny Rotten's signature vox. New material was well received throughout the set; Defibrillator raged with pure rock and roll and hints of Motorhead while Till My Heart Stops Beating had undertones of their more recent Jukebox Fury album. Showing notable musical range, the band harmoniously balanced upbeat and strident songs such as This Damn Nation with slower, more melodic tunes like Believe In Yourself. Unconditional appreciation was exhibited by the audience who swayed serenely to a slower the tempo numbers and thrashing around to the high velocity anthems.
Godfathers ended the show with Birth, School, Work, Death which Coyne dedicated to David Bowie, before an encore was demanded from the crowd. With their souls exhilarated, ears ringing and heads hurting, the crowd departed in high spirits with fond memories.
Words by Rosie Quigley
Photos courtesy of David Newbold