Wednesday, June 29, 2016

EP Review: "Phone Calls EP" by The By Gods

Phone Calls EP
Living the life of a music reviewer isn't all parties and mansions.

There's a genuine love of music involved and it's hard to keep oneself out of the ruts we all create for ourselves. Personally, my favorite tunes are metal, blues, and heavy rock.

Because those genres of music have the best guitar players.

Sorry, this is fact. Steve Vai > Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Whether or not you appreciate Vai more is your prerogative.

So, when The By Gods crossed my desk about six months ago, it was a bit hard to pull myself away from whatever crushing death metal had caught my attention.

Looking back, January 2016 was a pretty damned metal month here, but not long after dropping their record, Get On Feelings, they've returned with half an album for us to check out.

The By Gods
Everything that's sent to me about The By Gods calls them a Garage Pop Trio.

Frankly, that's a bit of a disservice to who they are.

Their music is quirky and sounds a bit dated, but that's not always a bad thing.

There's a lot of 90's music that this guy wants to forget, but early Foo Fighters is not one of them, much less Green Day's best work.

The By Gods have taken some of the best parts of those bands to create something wholly new.

This album has that type of bass line carries the songs' melodies far more than the guitars do. Many times the guitars aren't playing chord progressions or riffs, but just little hooks at the end of the measures.

Phone Calls EP is a scant thirteen minutes, but they're all toe tappin' and finger snappin'.

Good music never dies. It just lies in wait until the time is right again.

Release: 7/8/16
Genre: Alt Pop
Label: Blecch Records


  1. That sounds like a song I've heard before and liked. The last line you wrote there is money, I may steal it, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! I'm pretty sure I legitimately wrote that line....