Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, Gospel Claws delivers a blend
of gospel-and-surf-tinged indie pop, with some '50s style guitar
licks and Joel Marquard (formerly of Dear And The Headlights)
contributing his smooth soulful croon.
On "Summer Nights Lakeside" the light breeziness and
chiming glockenspiel belies some downer lyrics, "If you take
me down to the lake, I'll drown you if you ask me to/I know you're
sad and you want to die, but I know I can change your mind/No
worries, no school, it's summertime." On "Stars In My
Heart", Marquard lets loose and his wailing is nicely accompanied
by soaring guitar.
"Somebody Stole My Money" is an Appalachian old-timey
accapella tale of woe, while "Need For Speed" is a perverse,
gauzy dreamscape. Ironic for its title, this feels like the Beach
Boys on quaaludes; slow motion and psychedelic, it picks up
partway through, propelled by driving percussion and guitar melodies.
The band features Joel Marquard (vocals/guitar), Sloan Walters
(vocals/keys), Wesley Hilsabeck (guitar), John Mulhern
(bass), and Scott Hall (drums). Their debut full length,
C-L-A-W-S, is set for release on Arizona-based Common Wall
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