Photo by Josh Shearon
The last time we heard from Nashville rockers The By Gods, they were bludgeoning us with the kind of mean, nasty hooks that leave bruises but keep us coming back for more (what can we say? We’re suckers for punishment). So it’s no surprise to find the power trio up to the same tricks this time around with “Where Do You Come From”, the first single off their forthcoming Phone Calls EP. Yep, you heard that right — The By Gods are releasing more new music just months after dropping the dense brick of riffs that is full-length Get On Feelings onto our unsuspecting heads.
Though its title may be inquisitive, “Where Do You Come From” doesn’t leave a lot of room for dialogue. The track pretty much rips from the start, with a squealing single-note riff that eventually parts the seas for a massive-as-hell chorus. The whole package sounds like a ready-made single, but guitarist George Pauley says it wasn’t that cut-and-dry. “I was listening to a lot of Tigercub at the time and was really into the way some of their song structure was,” he explains. They do these really cool unexpected changes in the middle of a phrase. They also have these guitar lines that don’t make much sense on their own, but when the chords are underneath it really turns into something cool and unique. I wanted to see if I could write something like that.”
Well, dude, you did it. Pauley and his band sound truly — gulp — dialed in on this first cut from the Phone Calls EP, which is due out July 8th. Excuse our shitty puns and listen in to the single below.
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