The band was a mess of untuned guitars, samples, noise, punk, death metal and sonic youth meets napalm death meets the buthole surfers sound. In 1996 The Barfos went their seperate ways and Paul and Danny started writing songs, influenced by the sounds of San joses shoe gazer heavy indy rock band Calm and Redwood citys Spazz infest influenced powerviolence sound, wrote songs like Fozzy bear about the night one of their friends singer/guitarist John Ogle of the band Fifteen and Wooly Mammoth was punched out by a thug skin head at a local show and so the was born the start of many of the songs that would make up Godstomper's two man bass and drum influenced heavy rock powerviolence sound or as they rather see it as structured noise with shouting. Godstomper was born again on febuary 14 1996 at 3am live on KFJC 89.7, a local college radio station Paul was a staff member of and soon a split 7inch with San jose's youngest and only grind punk band with female vocals Cathy Ames was put out and the support from the Cupertino library scene and the Redwood city hardcore scene like bands like Slobber, RWs, Agents of Satan, No Less, Benumb, The Misanthropists, Uttered Bastard helped create a unified and strong local bay area hardcore scene in the south and west bay. Bands from the south bay that also contributed to the support of said bands included Noothgrush, Exhumed, Calm, The Lipids, Psychobabylon, Jenny Piccolo, Woolly Mammoth etc... Soon Godstomper was putting out splits with local bands they were friends with, playing live radio shows, 924 gilman st.
project, solidarity festivals, anarchist fests. Soon offers from much well known diy record labels 625 prod. and slap a ham records came in for full length 7inches which the band was happy with since they loved the records that came out on the labels plus their fondness of diy principles that anyone can put out a recording and not with the support of big corporate labels. Godstomper til this day still represents their diy ideals of putting out records on smaller labels, music before profit, supporting new bands, and being a accesible group to young show promoters without the attitude or politics.
Through all their ups and down as a band, personal problems, and keeping a moderate position in the music scene unless you mention their attack on the emo scene due to the similarities of the once pompous and ego fueled metal scene of the 80's, Godstomper still records and plays shows when they can. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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