Godsticks are a unique progressive-rock band from South Wales, UK, combining the vocal/guitar/piano talents of Darran Charles, the fretless-bass stylings of Jason Marsh, and the expertise of long-time session-drummer Steve Roberts. Formed in 2005, their love of various musical styles including prog-rock, fusion, rock, and pop have been melded together to create their own style.
Initially a cover band performing complex progressive music, Godsticks then began to immerse themselves in writing new material and developing their own unique song formats - borne out of a desire to create song arrangements they wanted to hear, but that were never present in the music of their influences.
This is technically-challenging but accessible music. There aren’t many bands that emerge with something genuinely original, but Godsticks can claim to stand out as something a little different from the norm. Whether it’s the unmistakable tone of Darran Charles’ voice, the growl of Jason Marsh’s fretless bass, or the complex grooving of Steve Roberts on drums – we think you’ll agree that Godsticks are offering something very different to the rest.
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"Creative, ambitious, well played; it's what we should all aspire to artistically."
Mick Taylor, Editor of Guitarist Magazine
"Outlandishly original and mind-bending. Godsticks are a fantastic band"
"Lots of inventive turns of phrase, clever arpeggios, and other little touches combine with the jazzish grooves and hooky melodies to keep things interesting."
Barry Cleveland, (Guitar Player Magazine)
“Unique, but accessible: exactly what we need more of! Great stuff”
“Really enjoyed the music; eager to hear more…..Nice adventurous turns”
Elliott Randall, (Steely Dan, Solo artist)
"Godsticks is smart, level-headed prog, forgoing angel-wings and flights of rhetorical fancy for a more focused, quirkier, even poppier groove - made that much cooler by the punchy fretless stylings of bassist Jason Marsh. Definitely worth a listen."
Bryan Beller, (Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Solo artist)
"If you're one of those people that MUST categorise a band's music, you'll have to invent a new one called Progressive Jazz Rock for this band. They sound to me like Jeff Berlin and Alan Holdsworth meet Colosseum and Spock’s Beard. Jason Marsh's bass is bubbling all the way through, the guitarist is doing wonderfully, unconventional things."
Martin Simpson (Staff Writer for Bass Musician Magazine)
‘Tight and groovy with a big solid tone’
“This EP is only the start to what should be a promising career; it really is an excellent listen time after time”.
Michael Sharkey review for ProgRock Archives