Static of the Gods

Static of the Gods

 Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
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“…what Interpol would sound like if it listened to The Cure and Velocity Girl instead of Joy Division (and had a femme fatale at the mic)…”

Biography

Static of the Gods combines post-rock, shoegaze, and dream pop influences to create an expansive, melodic and atmospheric sound. The trio blends layers of reverb-drenched guitar and synth to create an intense wall of music, which one reviewer likened to “…what Interpol would sound like if it listened to The Cure and Velocity Girl instead of Joy Division (and had a femme fatale at the mic)…”

The band’s new EP, The Midnight Fires, distills the band’s infectious trademark intensity in a collection of songs about fleeting moments and experiences. The Boston Phoenix says “STATIC OF THE GODS have built a reputation on electronic guitar pop that bakes warmly in a haze of shoegaze and post-rock. If their sound were a color, it’d be a bright-but-dense green — a vivid dream-pop forest of tall, lush melodies and weightless sonic oxygen. The first 100 or so seconds of “Hauntings,” off the upcoming The Midnight Fires EP, sways through those trees with an early-’90s Seattle breeze before heartbreak gives way to a gentle avalanche of ache and subtle power pop. The track climaxes in a Pixies-ian flutter over Jen Johnson’s reverb-glow guitar work before retracing its early-’90s roots.” Starting May 24, the EP will be available for free download at staticofthegods.bandcamp.com while the band works on a follow up full-length album to be released in Fall 2011.

Their 2010 release, Knowledge Machine, introduced Static of the Gods as “an artistic band that has a lot of prowess, a lot of hunger…melancholy harmonies, it is music that ventures into the unknown.” SF Station’s Jeff Kingsbury named it one of the five best albums of the year, alongside records by The Black Keys and Girl Talk. Static of the Gods has also earned a reputation for a powerful and magnetic live show during several U.S. tours and recent performances at SXSW, NXNE, and the KahBANG! music festival. “The entire set was ambient, beautiful and tightly played and I was simply beyond impressed,” wrote PopWreckoning. Ryan’s Smashing Life says “…if this band’s stage prowess and live sound are any indication, this new Static of the Gods album will be a must-have. THIS is a great band.”

Static of the Gods is Jen Johnson (vocals, guitar, keys), Ben Voskeritchian (bass, guitar, keys, vocals), and Mike Latulippe (drums, programming).

The Midnight Fires – Track Listing
1. Lake Effect
2. Collectors
3. Hauntings
4. Beat Beat Beat

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Lyrics

Peluche

Written By: Jen Johnson

all these questions, we’ll never know the answers; because even the most enlightened among us someday will fade into the darkness, can’t run away-
and all the things we wished for
will make us falter and perish

but i believe in the sanctity
of your open palm
rising to meet the dawn
come and find me
because i believe, i believe

we’re so helpless when they’re heartless, a dance where we will never learn the steps
a function of the way that we are made, a secret hidden away

but i believe in the sanctity
of your open palm
rising to meet the dawn
come and find me – oh come, come and find me
because i believe, i believe

slow down, don’t hurry, if you let go it comes easy, ah…

as the world dies, i will hold you in my mind
as worlds collide, a reminder of better times
as the world dies, i will hold you in my mind
as worlds collide, i will hold you, peluche
ah…

Rest Your Head

Written By: Jen Johnson

we were looking for a home, a place to rest your head.
after everywhere we roamed, all the miles spent,
thought of setting sail, living across the sea.
learn a different language inside a different dream.

but now i know that my home is here with you, but you don’t know.
after all the many miles, i carried you safe inside.

White Flag

Written By: Jen Johnson

when i think about the cards that we are holding i just want to fold, surrender right now.
the impulse was right, the results are wrong and i just want to fall, surrender right now.

we keep taking the same photos, faces frozen, repeated poses, only the landscapes change, born and bred to be thrown away.

when i think about the path that has been chosen, i don’t know where it leads, or what the next day brings.
suspicions like clouds, the ghosts of good intentions are swirling around, they color everything.

when i think about the lives that are unfolding I don’t know what they mean or who I should be.
our hearts may pure, but it’s not so with the world - it’s hard to be strong in the face of everything.

we keep taking the same photos, faces frozen, repeated poses, only the landscapes change, born and bred to be thrown away, only the landscapes change.

Discography

"The Midnight Fires" May 24.2011
"Knowledge Machine" March 2010
"Peluche" EP, February 2008

Set List

hollowheart
lake effect
collectors
hauntings
beat beat beat
rest your head
talk you down
white flag
fire-eater
between the reasons
mean streak
meteor flights
true north