Ever wonder what a mash-up of blackgaze and post-punk would sound like if done with Irish flair? Two weeks ago God Alone struck out on Cosmonaut releasing their debut EP God Alone. and there’s no need to wonder anymore. It’s a rousing set of songs that is atmospherically uplifting at times (“Madting”), and painfully biting at others (“Feeling On Tic”), but most of all it has a world music feel to it and not strictly the sounds from their homeland. In other words, it’s epic in scope and depth while defying easy classification. Our very own Vincent covered this EP in depth recently so check that out here for an in depth look. We recently had the chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so head directly below to see how it went down and be sure to support them through the links contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
We all met each other in the Cork School of Music a few years back. Cian and Jake used to do Tae Kwon Do together as children, Jake and our drummer Jack also used to play in a classic rock band together. We’ve done a lot more than we’d ever hoped for in this band and we’re more than happy and grateful with how things are going.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
We’ve never debased ourselves and we don’t have many embarrassing stories. We normally just sit around and watch Peep Show or Black Dynamite together.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The amount of experimentation in modern metal is incredible, especially with bands such as Deafheaven, Conjurer, No Spill Blood and Bats really pushing the boundaries of the genre. However, the genre is still dominated by a lot of traditionalists who consider anything made after the 80s to be worthless.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
It’s great to see that people are more passionate about issues affecting them. It makes art more interesting when people put out ideas that they’re genuinely passionate about rather than just following trends. We never really put social or political issues into our music however, we do feel strongly about the experimentation in heavier music nowadays since it seems to be lacking, so trying to do something new with it is important to us.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
We were all about 11 or 12 and it was just from listening to rock music and then wanting something heavier. It wasn’t really a big thing getting into it and our families didn’t care too much.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Asking bands questions that relate to their music rather than trivial stuff. The music should be the most important thing to any musician, it is to us anyway and we’d love to be asked about what we’re actually playing.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
Mainly just making music we think is good. We’d love to start touring outside of Ireland and play festivals like Arctangent and Roadburn. Mainly just spending more time on the road together because we’re all best buds and it’s just a great laugh.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
We mostly listen to non – metal albums but some of our favourites collectively would be: “Teethed Glory and Injury” by Altar of Plagues, “Antidotes” by Foals, “Ready to Die” by Biggie, “Black Box Recordings” by Ten Past Seven and “Sunbather” by Deafheaven.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Just playing a lot more gigs. We may have another release lined up in the future. We want to play a fair bit more outside Ireland. The main goal is just having fun and making choons.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Sad, Dancey, Convoluted, Cute (ed. note: left them all in, listen and there’s no denying it)
Many thanks to God Alone for their time!