Along with the obvious singles like “The Cutter,” “Heads Will Roll” and “Back of Love,” Porcupine was full of long trance songs that found a — well, “groove” is probably a bit too strong of a word — pathway, and then rode along that pathway for a good long time.
My favorite of those songs is “Gods Will Be Gods,” which faded in from infinity in full flight with a big-ass kickdrum and a rumbling bass, followed by about a million guitars layered on top of each other, and Ian McCullough singing — well, to be honest, I have no fucking idea what he was singing.
I don’t think that “Gods Will Be Gods” had a chorus or verses or anything but McCullough rambling about — I’m going to guess — “gods.” And how they will be gods and stuff. I know I could google it, but why ruin my enjoyment of this song by understanding what it’s about?
For me, “Gods Will Be Gods” is all about how Will Sergeant continually changes whats going on with the aforementioned million guitars. Nearly every measure there’s something new in the mix: the rays of the sun, backward devil sounds, chickenscratch strumming, spaceships rocketing through the night, bells ringing in harmony, bells ringing in cacophony and — occasionally — the sound of one of those gods poking through the clouds like a Terry Gilliam interstitial.
This is music I love as sound, an almost endless depth of beauty and agony that feels like it’s going to go on forever until — out of nowhwere — it just st
“Gods Will Be Gods”