It’s been a minute since The By Gods released their excellent full-length album Move On back in October of 2017 but a recent press release announcing their newest single “Eureka” reveals that they’ve been anything but dormant in that time.
“This is the first single we’ve put out since our last record, Move On, in 2017. Some terrible things happened right at the release of that record and everything just needed to be put on hold and things have been slow to pick back up. I wrote like 35+ songs as I reflected and processed everything. We reached back out to our friend and producer Alex Newport (Death Cab For Cutie, Bloc Party, At The Drive-In, City and Colour) who produced our last album. We worked through all of the songs together and went in to record a bunch of them. He really pushed us to try new things in the studio and it was some very good therapy for me. We’re happy to get these songs out to the world.” – George Pauley
That therapeutic approach is noticeable on the new track. Stylistically, it has all the same basic elements of a By Gods song (deep bass, Pauley’s somewhat detached voice, some eerie guitar) but the track feels gentler than previous releases, dare I say, more contemplative? Additionally, there’s some tricks up their sleeve that appear here; musical dropouts, shiny acoustic guitars, mumbling additional vocals. They may be subtle details but they reward multiple listens.
Thirty-Five songs is a lot of songs to bring to the table and “Eureka” is but one of the batch. It’s too soon to forecast what comes next for The By Gods but this first taste is a pleasingly intriguing one.
Hear the song on all the streaming platforms, on Bandcamp and catch them on tour at the dates below:
10/19 – Greenville, SC @ Radio Room
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gold Sounds
10/24 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
11/08 – Florence, AL @ The Mane Room
11/15 – Nashville, TN @ The East Room