Release Date: Feb 10, 2017
Record label: Metropolis
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
The Upshot: The album rocks hard, lives smart and re-establishes the Godfathers as a vital force in rock & roll. BY MICHAEL TOLAND The Godfathers have kept uncharacteristically quiet since their 2008 reformation, undergoing lineup changes that have left singer Peter Coyne as the only original member. As its title might indicate, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise loudly announces the relaunch.
The Godfathers were/are one of the most underrated indie rock bands of the 80s, a genre-defying cadre of well-dressed guitar mafiosos who straddled deftly the sweaty working-class intensity of pub rock and Northern soul with the snarl and spit of 70s punk. You could dance to 'em, you could fight to 'em, burn down a trailer park, whatever. The band sunk into obscurity in the 00's, but a modified and energised line-up - still led by lead howler Peter Coyne - re-emerged in the past decade.