'God Slayer' is the first single taken from 'Cult Party'; the debut album from Pretoria post-punk trio the klubs. The song, much like the album it kicks off, is deeply rooted in the band's ability to build driving rhythms around skeletal guitars and near-unhinged vocals. ‘God Slayer’ is lyrically complex and is as critical of society as it is introspective about one’s own complicity in the problems generated by a violent male ego.
It is everything a lead single should be. It’s ferocious, intelligent, and does not relent over its sub-three-minute run time.
WHAT IS CULT PARTY?
‘Cult Party’ is the final instalment in a three-part series that the band kicked off in 2019. It started with two EPs: ‘Male Plague’, and ‘Bow Down’. This third chapter is the culmination of two years of uncompromising work by a band that is trying to deal with their own shortcomings as humans in the hopes that they can make the world a better place. Instead of pointing the finger at society, the band has decided to embark on an interior and self-critical journey to help bring to light unconscious biases in themselves, and others.
These songs do not just make up an album, they are the soundtrack of an interior revolution that is long overdue.
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More about the klubs
the klubs began like all great bands do: in high school. A young Dylan Christie (guitar, vox) moved to a new school where he quickly befriended a much more popular, and much more into rock music, Wesley Reinecke (drums). It was Wesley that got Dylan out of the Usher albums he was caught up on, and into the rock/punk/metal world. The two became close friends and formed a few bands throughout their teens and twenties. The two friends found some success with the jagged alt-pop of We Are Charlie between 2015 and 2018; but when that group disbanded Dylan and Wesley decided they should take their sound in a new direction.
Their manager Klaas van der Walt (Uncle Mothers), introduced them to Warren Frost in 2019 who quickly joined the band as their indomitable bassist. From the first rehearsal together the three knew it was exactly what they had all been looking for, and so this furious three piece was born.
The group has not looked back, and since then they've been a post-punk rock slide that has been burying audiences for almost 18 months now.
In a scene where there are often more people posturing than actually taking stand, this group sets itself apart. They tackle with, deal with, and respect heavy subject matter far off the radar of most of their peers.
So you might feel uncomfortable with what the klubs have to say at times - sometimes they do too - but it is the band's commitment to immediacy that demands that such things must be said, shouted, and ultimately - listened to.
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