On their Twitter page, local rock band Gospel Claws describes their music as "grainy and rough yet still deeply soulful." That's a pretty fitting description; the songs on Gospel Claws' 2010 debut LP, C-L-A-W-S, embody this aesthetic, as songs like "Summer Nights Lakeside" and "Walk Me Down" juxtapose dreamy melodies with dubious and heady lyrics.
The Gospel Claws song "I Can, I Will" (which is not on C-L-A-W-S, but available as a single on iTunes and Amazon.com) further illustrates the band's propensity for creating melodic metaphors. The song has a dirty surf garage beat similar to The Cramps or a mutation on the classic "Bo Diddley beat", but bursts with upbeat, jangly pop guitars on the chorus. The song was recorded by Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording. Hear the song after the jump, and check out an explanation from the primary songwriter, Joel Marquard.
Joel Marquard on "I Can, I Will
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to Phoenix New Times's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Phoenix's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
: "It's about the end of the world, and what's gonna happen if you die. It's also about trying to stay positive...[It was inspired by] thinking and questioning the existence of God -- [like] the line, 'Will we meet our maker, or just lay and stare?' And the line, 'I slay the beast...on my shoulder,' that's about conquering darkness."
Follow Gospel Claws on Twitter