|By the Grace of God
In a time when punk and hardcore bands seem to have forgotten about
what really matters,the Louisville, KY band By The Grace Of God have
chosen to do things differently. They remind people, with their tested and
approved sound, that empowerment is the key to survival.
Consisting of punk veterans Rob Pennington (vocals) from Endpoint,
Duncan Barlow (guitar) from Endpoint and Guilt, Johnathan Mobley from
Falling Forward and Elliot, Jay Palumbo from Empathy and Elliot and
Thommy Browne from Enkindel they have recently turned the tides on this
"side project", developing it into a full-time band. With tours planned in
Europe and the U.S., B.T.G.O.G. are bringing their message of positive
hardcore to as many people as possible.
Musically, the band
crosses all lines between
melodic and downright
Their first EP., For the
Love of Indie Rock (VR37)
well-received. As RIP
Magazine put it, "If you're
into the hard stuff, yet like
a little melody in the mix,
check them out." With
songs that ranged from political and emotional to the importance of fun in
the punk scene, they conveyed an overwhelming positivity and a push for
unity that the punk/hardcore scene hasn't been addressing for a long time.
Their latest release, Perspective, is just that. Their perspective on our world
and our scene today. Ready for any hi fi stereo equipment, Perspective is a
fast, uplifting record with songs that directly address issues the band
deems important. By The Grace Of God have taken average hardcore
songs and transformed them into vehicles of political motivation, self
empowerment and emotional release. Recorded at Trax East Studios in
New Jersey (Snapcase, Deadguy), this record completely showcases the
potential and power of the band.
By The Grace Of God portray straightedge and other issues in a positive
way that will help dissolve any negative connotations or preconceived
notions. They give hope to the people who believe hardcore is about
change and feeling good about yourself. As Rob says, "You should live
your life by examples..." (From Stop Smiling #5) And that's exactly what
they plan to do.