God’s Revolver

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The weather has been bleak this winter, without much snowfall—just lonely little tumbleweeds bouncing and rolling through the bars and venues that God’s Revolver used to play so frequently. Luckily, God’s Revolver will brandish their six-shooters again, as they will play SLUG’s Blue Dress Birthday Bash on Feb. 17 in full force, with only one little qualm: Singer Reid Rouse says, “I don’t know how this one’s going to go. I hear we’re going to be in dresses.”

Though it’s true that they will be playing in blue dresses, God’s Revolver is sure to impress, because their relationship with whisky is going “fucking great, as always,” says drummer Adam Loucks. “The whisky’s getting more expensive. We’re growing together.” The band certainly continues to evince their hellfire disposition in their Facebook profile picture as they burn a crucifix as a reminder of the rock n’ roll wrath that they can deliver. Not to paint themselves as hate criminals, though—they did it in the desert, so it’s not racist, it’s sacrilegious. “There [were] no homes around,” says Loucks. Rouse adds, “And we hate Jesus.”

God’s Revolver plays what they have previously referred to as “whisky-drenched southern rock with a slight hardcore influence.” The rock n’ roll aspect retains said southern rock vibe, but the band also includes a sense of what they now call “western rock” in their music; western rock being music that finds its roots in the work of Ennio Morricone, Americana and blues music, which lends their songs a wild-west element. Think Spindrift meets Acid Tiger meets Burning Love. Nowadays, as they have grown as musicians, they have honed their sensitivity to dynamics in their music employing more Americana and including softer parts among the hardcore segments, which slightly redefines their sound as being “not so straight-rip-your-balls off. We’re gonna stroke the nuts a few times,” Rouse says.

In October of 2009, God’s Revolver preliminarily signed on to Translation Loss Records. Bassist Elliot Secrist had previously exchanged some jocular shit-talking with Cable, a band he likes, wagering that God’s Revolver could out-drink Cable. Secrist says, “The drummer called me one day and asked for a CD. I sent it, and we were signed within a day.” God’s Revolver remains on the label’s Internet roster—They just haven’t submitted their new release yet, which has precluded them from becoming an “official” fixture on Translation Loss. God’s Revolver assures that the record is in the works and that they are just taking their time. The band jokes among themselves that the label ultimately won’t like the album, but are more confident than apprehensive. Guitarist Jon Larsen says, “They might just tell us to fuck right off—who knows? But I think they’ll still enjoy it. I mean, they signed us because they loved our previous work.” They plan to complete the record as soon as possible, aiming for this summer.

We haven’t seen God’s Revolver on too many marquees lately because each member has simply been busy: Guitarist Trey Gardner recently bought a house; Rouse works as a machinist; Secrist has been focusing on school and getting into Berkley; Larsen has been into high-fashion modeling; Loucks has been doing drugs. Although this has prevented them from playing as much as they once did, they have embraced their current state of affairs. “I think when you play every week, no one gives a shit,” says Rouse. God’s Revolver have thereby been “picking and choosing” which shows to play rather than letting people assume they will be performing every week and ultimately choose not to come. Loucks says, “Usually people just come to us and ask. We haven’t really gone out of our way and tried to book shows.” Secrist adds, “It seems like it’s been to our benefit in the fact that we’re not playing a lot, ’cause the shows that do come to us end up being really big.” The band chooses which shows to play based on the potential success of the event: “We put it on a badasser scale, and whatever one’s asserest, [we play it],” continues Secrist.

The Woodshed ought to be a rompin’ rendezvous on Feb. 17, on account of God’s Revolver’s rowdy stage antics. In terms of how they approach their live show, Loucks says that they aim to “Utilize all the bar tab given, and probably drink out in the car.” The band never rehearses any of their stage performance and prefer to let it come about spontaneously. Secrist says, “Our show’s largely the same. We’re just older, more badasser.” Rouse adds that they will probably do a few folk numbers as well. Come out for SLUG’s and Jon Larsen’s birthday bash, and buy him a shot of Canadian Host … or, like, five.

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