Reforming at the end of the last decade, this is the first album in four years from the Godfathers, but this is their first with a brand new line up. The Godfathers were formed by Peter and Chris Coyne after the demise of The Sid Presley Experience in 1985, and co-founder Chris Coyne has since left. The current line-up has been touring and writing solidly for two years now and we get the chance to hear what they’ve been up to.
Starting with the title track, it’s immediately clear that they are not holding back the power of enthusiasm of these new songs. You can hear the band running at you like a gang trying to attack you, but they just want your ears, and dancing feet, not to hurt you. “‘Till My Heart Stops Beating” has a driving beat and although not as heavy as the first song, still manages to keep the energy going. New single “You Don’t Love Me” has a thick sound with a groove will get you moving and the fuzzed out guitar is amazing. Things mellow out a bit for “Poor Boy’s Son,” but again the guitar playing is outstanding with a yearning sound to it that is infectious. After a few songs that were a bit more mellow, the band kicks into high gear with “Defibrillator,” a wild and furious ride that hits hard and fast. “You And Me Against The World” is a mellow song, not the brash, punch you in the gut kind of song you think it’s going to be, instead it’s an anthem that grabs you and pulls you in and doesn’t let go; in a way, it’s actually a beautiful song.
The time that they took to play together and work things out has given these songs depth and raw emotions that are a joy to hear from a band that’s been going more or less for over thirty years. The new blood has really given the band a new start, not far from the old sound, but a sound that they can be proud of and hopefully continue creating more music for many more years.