The Godfathers – London, The Lexington – 24 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 01 July 2017 04:00

My second time seeing The Godfathers at the Lexington - a decent venue above the large pub on Pentonville Road which, from Bedford, is easy to get to. With the band playing two sets tonight, the first being the whole of their scorching ‘Big, Bad, Beautiful Noise’ album, I was eager to attend.


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Support tonight comes from Los Pepes, a fine band with a neat line in loud power pop tunes, with a sound somewhere between a ragged Cheap Trick and early Wildhearts. Great drummer, too.


No need to quote the set list for The Godfathers’ first set, then. By now, the opening title track has become something of an anthem, with an excellent new video. They truly do attack the stage nowadays, which is a joy to see. Having had time to let it settle, I still think it’s likely to be my Album Of The Year: so many strong songs to choose from. You get the sonic assault of ‘Feedbacking’ and ‘Defibrillator’, the tenderness of ‘She’s Mine’, the pop smarts of ‘You Don't Love Me’ and ‘Till My Heart Stops Beating’. Passion, intensity and pure rock n roll.



But, tonight, hearing ‘You And Me Against The World’ live for the first time is a real lump in the throat moment. They've shown that they can expand their sound and range, and it pays off. It has pomp, grandeur and style. As if Bowie had written a Bond theme. Very special.


‘Birth, School, Work, Death’ begins the second set. A song so great, it usually ends it. No matter, there are many gems here. Peter Coyne is on fine form; “I dunno who that last lot were. Didn't think much of their singer. Bit full of himself”. There are some sound problems, but this is a celebratory night, and the songs shine through. I’m at the front, bopping for the duration. How can you resist, with the likes of ‘Cause I Said So’, ‘She Gives Me Love’, ‘WTJCB’, ‘Unreal World’, ‘Obsession’, ‘This Is War’, ‘When Am I Coming Down?’ and ‘I Want Everything’?


I am so pleased to see The Godfathers go from strength to strength. And, in an unreal world, we need them more than ever.


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