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Interview: Godeth (Written)

Rampant Brit hard-hitters Godeth are set to break through to the masses with their unstoppable new EP, The Path Of Destruction, which arrives on Friday 26th April.

1. Hello! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. First things first, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started.

I’m Jimmy Johnstone, bass player for Godeth.

The band emerged in 2018, a group of lads having fun, all good friends of mine from nights out. When they released their first Ep “Life To The Flame” I found myself becoming a huge fan of their sound, drawn to the groove elements of the style especially.

With a few lineup changes, I was lucky enough to be asked to play bass by the lads, joined sooner after by Miles Case-Watson on vocals.

We have had an unbelievable turn in momentum, taking on Bloodstock Open Air Festival, playing with some big bands as support and honing in on our desired sound.

2. Someone comes to you and asks you to sum up what kind of music you play – what do you tell them?

Groovy death metal with a lashing of hardcore is the statement we run with.

3. What’s currently going on in your camp? New releases? Tours? Etc.

We have lots going on at the moment, with our next EP “The Path of Destruction” coming in April (26th) we have released our first single from it titled “Coup de Grace” it has had a great reception thus far, leading to the band’s momentum increasing at an alarming rate.

Gigs all over the place including;

24/03/24 – Duffys Bar, Leicester
26/03/24 – Guillotine sessions, Liverpool
31/03/24 – Nightrain, Bradford
12/04/24 – The Hive, Rotherham
19/04/24 – Corporation, Sheffield
04/05/24 – Alma Inn, Bolton
05/05/24 – Metal Monacle, Leicester
11/05/24 – EP Launch Show, The Key Club, Leeds
08/06/24 – Academy 3, Manchester
13/07/2024 – Mangata Festival, Nottingham
28/07/24 – Vortex, Wakefield
17/08/24 – Get Heavy Fest, Newcastle
12/10/24 – Slammer, Rebellion, Manchester

4. What has been the most positive experience of making music to date for you?

Just the creative freedom that comes with it is always a big positive for me. But as a whole I would have to speak on behalf of the band and say writing and recording “The Path of Destruction” EP has been up there for us.

We went in with drive and determination, but each track came effortlessly. We are extremely proud of what we have created.

5. Likewise, what has been some of the more challenging aspects and how have you overcome them?

Maintaining a healthy balance between work/life/relationships/family/writing/recording, I mean, I think this is a very relatable one, but it’s so true. I feel like we get through the weight of this stress because we are so determined, proactive with time management and always looking for ways to improve this.

6. How do you handle the modern expectations of being in a band? Always online, having to put out content constantly, your success measured in likes and follows?

I personally find it interesting, we’re living in a time where we have the world in our sights, it’s great that everyone has this platform to their advantage.

We are always thinking of ways to show our true selves whilst gaining new fans, creating more engaging visuals.

Although posting consistently, whilst important, is not what our time revolves around. We want to address what is needed, whether it’s a show announcement, a thank you or an update on merch. We like to keep it straightforward and do what we have to do.

7. What’s something that really ‘grinds your gears’ about the industry/business these days and what would you propose is done to combat it?

I’d say the vast majority of artists making next to nothing money wise is a huge issue that needs to be addressed. While the industry is a well oiled marketing machine, aimed to influence people to spend spend spend.

8. Speaking directly to listeners – what would you ask they do to help support your music?

When possible, buy your tickets before the event. It’s so sad to see gigs all over canceled because ticket sales haven’t been met.

Merch, whether it’s a CD, a t- shirt or a bit of memorabilia. It goes a long way for the band.

Word of mouth – actively talk to people /friends/ family about who you’re listening to at the moment, it’s easy to forget about but actually putting time into telling them out about bands through conversation goes a long way.

9. Outside of the music, what’s do you do to relax?

I LOVE watching movies, it is a nice escape from my brain and takes me to another place.

10. Where can people find you?

Link Tree

All the usual places online!

Failing that, causing a ruckus on the road at one of our shows. See you there.

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