Godstopper- Who Tries Anymore EP Review
Godstopper’s new EP “Who Tries Anymore” is Godstopper’s fully-fleshed attempt at writing heavy pop music. When “Lie Down” was released, Godstopper had opened the door to writing catchy Sludge Metal tracks in a similar vein to Floor, Torche, and The Melvins . Mike Simpson, guitarist and band leader, takes these ideas from “Lie Down”, and incorporates a heavy dose of piano and vocal harmonies to them.The result is Godstopper’s most accessible release to date.
The EP opens with “Africa”, a solo track by Mike Simpson. The song is a haunting intro to whole EP, and featuring dissonant clean guitar, delicate piano, and strained falsetto vocals. We then move into the lead single “Shoulder”, a track veru similar to Lie Down material. This is the albums heaviest track, and features a bright Thin Lizzy guitar harmony.
The EP moves onto “Halfway”, a song that feels a bit inspired by Queen’s “You are my Best Friend”. The Song “Last of Her Worries” is the first ballad track written by the band, and is a definite ode to their 80s rock influence. The unsung hero on this record is drummer Adam McGillivray; complementing the subtle music, and adding accents when needed. The drums could over-power the delicate nature of the music, and yet the drummer has found a way to be subtle while adding unique fills. Overall, the EP is Godstopper’s exercise in full pop exploration. It’ll be interesting to see where the band’s material ventures next.