Scorching psych jams aren’t what Golden Hands Before God had in mind when the group formed in Windsor.
GOLDEN HANDS BEFORE GOD CONDUCTS INCREDIBLE MAGIC BAND & THE SPIRITS with the SPEAKING TONGUES and TERROR LAKE at Rancho Relaxo (300 College), Saturday (December 20), 9 pm. $7. 416-920-0366.
It ain't easy living up to the promise of a handle like Golden Hands Before God Conducts Incredible Magic Band & the Spirits.
But the festive freaks who moved from Windsor to Montreal (where they better fit in) have somehow turned the trick with their enjoyably deranged debut, Here (Pop Echo).
Much of the credit for the group's novel name, everybody-shake-something concept and songwriting is owed to founding father and guitarist Sean Barry. Yet according to tambourine basher Jamie Greer, the pounding psychedelic blast they've created wasn't part of the original plan.
"This whole thing came together as a side project for everyone involved," explains Greer. "None of the members' previous bands sounded anything like what we're doing now. One of the guys was doing stuff with a Blonde Redheady vibe, another was playing Kinks-style classic rock, Sean had been playing in an 80s-style new wave band called Itzjunk, and I was in the alt-country band Hung Jury.
"When Sean first brought us his song ideas, we were actually shooting for more of a shoegazey concept, but once everyone began adding their own bits and pieces, it became this Frankenstein's monster of a sound. We were having so much fun doing this, we realized what was missing from our other projects and left them."
Singer/songwriter Sean Barry insists that although starting the surprisingly successful Golden Hands Before God might appear to be a brilliant career move, that wasn't the motivating force which brought the group together.
Just because there are only seven songs appear on Golden Hands Before God's Here debut disc that doesn't mean they're short of amazing material according to Barry.