I could give more
I could give love
But I’m not easy
The fear of losing control
In an evocative exploration of pain, healing, and self-awareness, Italian post-punk outfit God In A Black Suit addresses the cyclical nature of past traumas and their haunting presence with their new single and video, “Overcome.”
Although the inevitable passage of time can be a salve for grief and anxiety, the recurring shadow of inner anguish persists at various intensities. Those repeated environments and internal fears underscore a trapped feeling. Amidst this tumultuous odyssey through the psyche, there’s a candid confrontation of their own misdeeds and missed opportunities. The poignant refrain reveals the crux of this struggle — an unyielding quest for self-control, amidst emotional vulnerability.
With the poignant Overcome, God in a Black Suit elegantly distills their sonic allure. With its pulsing, resonant rhythms and lyrics that nod to the storied influences of The Sound, the song deftly navigates the nuanced terrains of gothic and alternative rock. The sombre cadences might be read with a hint of wry irony, yet they unapologetically embody the visceral essence of the alternative genre.
In the monochromatic visual offering, the quotidian is sharply contrasted with the band’s impassioned performance and a phantasmagoric sojourn across a vast seascape. This elegant surrealist gesture captures a sensation of being submerged in tidal waves of emotion, yearning for an elusive reprieve.
In early 2020, the Matera-based quintet—comprising bassist Annalisa Laterza, guitarist Bruno Pantone, drummer Giuanluca Natrella, vocalist Matteo Demma, and synth maestro Pietro De Ruggieri—set the wheels in motion, crafting the blueprints for ten tracks. Their EP, Nails, emerged in 2021, heralded by the single “You Don’t Have Time,” which resonated warmly with audiences.
The ensemble boldly lays bare their lineage, grounded in the ghostly contours of post-punk, new wave, and darkwave. Their homage extends, however, beyond these genre confines. They dip into the trance-inducing cadences of Krautrock, the celestial strains of shoegaze, and indie rock’s unrestrained fervour. Yet, their artistry is far from derivative—it’s a singular alchemy that melds reverberations reminiscent of Bauhaus, the kinetic spirit of the Pixies, Slowdive’s ethereal harmonies, and the early audacious timbre of Siouxsie. Their brilliance, though, is most palpable in the nuances: each composition unfurls its unique sonic and vocal intricacies, constructing an enigmatic universe beckoning further immersion.
God In A Black Suit’s self-titled debut album is out now
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