Local Music Reviews January 2016

Local Review: God Country – Last Songs

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God Country – Last Songs

God Country
Last Songs

Self-Released
Street: 11.21.14
God Country = The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me–era Brand New x The Early November + Hidden in Plain View

Dang, this album makes me feel some nostalgic, early-‘00s emo feels. Had this album come out in 2004, my 15-year-old self would’ve freaked out. To a degree, it uses the tried-and-true formula of distorted guitars with angry-soft vocals that crescendo into a cloud of noise so saturated in raw emotion, I inadvertently absorbed the singer’s climactic experience as my own. However, it differs in the way that the instrumentation progresses—in the fact that the songs don’t end up in a frenzy of chaotic noise and shouting. God Country employ a much more subdued approach while still tipping their hats to their predecessors. I can sense an emo revival coming, and these guys offer a slightly evolved sound that will still take you back to the golden days. –Allison Shephard