Show Review: Godsized
It’s not too often I get to drive 7-miles to see a show. It’s also not too often that a show is free, but both of those things came to pass last night. That isn’t why I went to see Godsized though. I think I might be one of the few on my humble military base to have previously heard of the British quartet. I went to see Godsized because I remember their awesome set when they opened for Black Label Society last year in Cambridge. Last night they entertained a mostly American audience at Royal Air Force (RAF) Lakenheath (25 Feb)…free to club members. Sweet!
At first I thought this was part of the Armed Forces Entertainment Network. I was quickly corrected on that thought. This is one of those my buddy works with a guy who is in a local band who knows Godsized and just asked them to come up for a one-off gig. And my response was, “Godsized said yes?” Godsized, being the cool dudes they are, came up to the base to play for what amounted to be transportation costs which I could have paid for myself; that’s how low the fee was. How cool is that? It is obvious they just want to play for people who want to listen and I was thrilled to be part of the loud and supportive, albeit intimate, crowd.
The local guys, made up of my peers I never met, are in a cover band called Bob’s Your Uncle. They opened the evening to a bit of a sound production issue, but that was quickly resolved. We were entertained by some pretty great music; stuff from Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All, Stone Sour, Down, and even Pantera’s “Cemetery Gates.” My hats off to that one! A few people asked who Dimebag was; I filled them in on the details. Great job on the covers, guys! Bob’s Your Uncle was responsible for the invitation to Godsized for which I am thankful. During their set they asked if anyone knew Godsized. I think about five answered that question with either a “hell yeah” or devil horns raised high. I was one of them.
After both bands swapped instruments, Godsized hit the stage; the one that’s about 18 inches off the floor. No curtain drop, no light show, no dragons or fire balls. Just one little track-light above their head was all they had for…effect. You know what? They killed it! They sounded great despite a mostly house PA. They played like they were playing for 5,000 even though it was probably 200. Glen’s vocals were superb. The sound quality was much better than I expected for the location.
Though I am not entirely familiar with their catalog, Godsized did entertain us with “Brother in Arms,” “The Last Goodbye,” and “Head-Heavy“ all off their latest self-titled album. The set lasted about 45-50 minutes which was nothing to complain about. They belted out song after song. During their last song, they blew a fuse (so I was told) and lost the microphone. They finished their last song as an instrumental, said their thanks, and then hung out with the crowd. The best part of a show like this was that they hung out afterwards and were more than happy to take pictures and sign CDs and other things. Thanks to Gavin and Glen for my fan photos. It’s great to have explosions, fire, and smoke, but at the end of the day getting to meet the band and talk about metal was better than anything. Godsized is now on heavy rotation on my favorite electronic device. Great show chaps!
The picture to the right is me and bassist Gavin.
If you watch the video, just know there is nothing wrong with your sound. It takes a bit before things kick in.