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Bust Has the Premiere of The Gods Themselves' Video for Their Cover of "Pony"

The God’s Themselves have answered all our prayers with a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony,” and it is… there are no words.


Five Albums You Should Be Listening to Now: The Gods Themselves

Calling yourselves The Gods Themselves is a huge conceit that can only be managed by, well, a shit ton of swagger. Astra Elane, flanked by fellow ex- Atomic Bride bandmate Collin O’Meara with Autolite Striker guitarist Damion Heintschel deliver a swift kick confidence that isn’t unlike Le Tigre. But less girly and with more tongue hanging out the side of her mouth. In their new video “I Am the President,” the lo-fi rock saunters in with wah-wah pedal and stark vocals. Not what you’d expect from the cliffs of Mount Rushmore, but as the band explains “the unspoken fourth member of the band is space.” True to name, The Gods Themselves have impeccable musical taste and are here this week to give us the scoop on must-listen albums.


The Gods Themselves: The Gods Themselves Review

When Astra Elane announces “I am the president” on The Gods Themselves’ self-titled debut, it’s less a declaration of status than a hyperbolic warning that she’s not to be trifled with. In fact, you suspect she’d bring down fence-jumping intruders herself with a deceptively sweet smile and a forearm to the throat.

The song, handily titled “I Am the President,” pairs her lean voice with a tough riff that blossoms into a storm of wah-wah guitar in the middle eight. It’s a standout track on The Gods Themselves, which matches Elane and former Atomic Bride bandmate Collin O’Meara with Autolite Strike singer and guitarist Damion Heintschel (who doubles Elane’s vocals on the chorus of “I Am the President”). Together, the Seattle trio pursues a loose-limbed, lo-fi vision of rock ’n’ roll that incorporates elements of their other groups—the psych-rock scuzz of Atomic Bride, say, or the scrappy power of Autolite Strike—while pushing past them with an approach all their own.

One of the core elements of the group’s sound is, well, a lack of sound. The Gods Themselves surround, um, themselves with space in these nine songs, giving a snarly guitar riff plenty of room to feint at a wah-laced counterpoint, and putting Elane’s vocals out in front of a stinging guitar part on “Nerves.” Elsewhere, they go in for loping guitars and ripples of wah on “Gaslighter,” which features Heintschel delivering lead vocals with enough of a leer that Lux Interior would have been proud. “Thunderbird” shows the band’s more rugged side with superheated guitars clanging together in the vast emptiness that surrounds otherworldly vocals from Elane.

Two tracks later, “On the Meds” uses space a different way, letting Elane’s offhanded vocals float through an ebb-and-flow bassline, tip-tap drums and drifts of meandering guitar. The song contrasts with the juiced-up rockers that bookend it—the punky call-and-response “W.I.T.O.” comes before, while the terse stoner-rock jam “Pony” comes after—but it’s certainly distinctive. The same goes for The Gods Themselves, which offers a formidable combination of melody and swagger on a most promising debut.


The Gods Themselves: The Gods Themselves

The self-titled, debut album from Seattle’s The Gods Themselves has such a wicked charm, that it melts over into a purposely tattered, yet seductive sophistication within the confines of punk, a hastier side of an edgier pop rock sensibility along with a darker blues appeal. The Gods Themselves possess a very vibrant, unique sound that is easily unlike anything else. Their reworking of R&B singer Ginuwine’s raunchy ’90s club hit, “Pony,” ignites with magnetically fuzzed-out guitars, certifiably sexed-up bass riffs and unrelenting drums and with that, their distinctively delicious flavoring cannot be denied or forgotten. “Gaslighter” has such a hypnotic appeal that the crawling lines of guitars, the upbeat pounce of rhythms along with charismatic vocals reaches towards a sort of ’70s rock psychedelic affair. “What Should Have Been Said…But Was Never Said” also feels like an ode to stadium rock’s yesteryear where songs and solos reached far beyond a corporate time constraint and into the upper echelon of the heavens creating an undulating, spellbinding reality all within the embrace of just one track at the hands of capable musicianship. Astra Elane, Collin O’Meara and Damion Heintschel are the trio that make up the powerhouse that is The Gods Themselves and within the familiarity of genres, they have created something unique, captivating and new.


One Minute With ... The Gods Themselves' Astra Elane

Once upon a time there was a band called Atomic Bride, about whom I once wrote that they sounded like, “Grimy psychedelic pop shoved kicking and squealing through a garage rock blender.” Said band liked that quote and used it as their band description on their Facebook page, then said band promptly split.

Rejoice however, as singer Astra Elane is back, with the boldly named The Gods Themselves and the self proclamatory, not lacking in confidence, exercise in self esteem building 1st single, I Am The President.

While there’s less psych, there a great deal more filth and gutter induced groove, that make The Gods Themselves an easy listening, attractive proposition, to these crust engrained ears anyway.

… and talking of filthy groovers, the very lovely Astra Elane, lead hollerer of TGodsT, took the time to go through our 1 Minute With … assessment. Take care dear readers, it’s a harrowing journey

1. Who are you, and what are you pushing?

I am Astra, daughter of Joe and Deanne. My band, The Gods Themselves is what I bring to the table

2. Do you believe in ghosts? Tell us why?

Yes! I had an encounter with one when I was 9 years old. It was terrifying, but also enlightening. The ghost was not malicious, but it was still a frightening experience that turned me on to the significance of spirituality at a young age.

3. What is your favourite Bon Jovi song and why?

I lived in NJ so I think I’m exempt from this question?

4. What celebrity deserves a good slap with a wet fish? What have they ever done to you?

Amphibi-Anne Hathaway. She has burned mine eyes with her obscenely large facial features!

5. If you weren’t in music what would be your dream job?

Service person for a handicapped dog.

6.How long do you spend in the shower? Describe your process?

I shower once a week and it takes me an hour and a half. It’s the goddamn hair that takes up all my time. Shampoo, rinse, repeat. Oil treatment, deep conditioning, detangling. I have my mother to thank for that.

7. What’s your favourite song? And what’s your guilty pop pleasure?

Geez Louise. Favorite song for the moment is: “Beyond the Clouds” by The Poppy Family

Guilty pleasure: Anything from the early 90’s magnificent new jack swing era: Bel Biv Devoe, Tony Toni Tone, Color Me Badd Al B. Sure, etc.

8. Name 3 things you can do with a brick

Scramble eggs
Apply lipstick
Knock the big bad wolf over the head

9. If you were a fruit which one would you be and why?

A banana because I love all things banana flavoured!

10. What’s your favourite colour, and what does that say about you?

I love a bright, tacky, glossy orange-red. It says that I’m Italian and I like all things shiny and gaudy.


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