The latest album, “Generate Organise Destroy”
The Government Overdose Department is a musical project who claims not to be bothered with taste. The ethos of G.O.D. is to create an eclectic mix of styles, they say, moving between extremes; from Beethoven to Punk and onto experimental Hip Hop. Guitarist Lawrence Greenman has a strong affinity with philosophers such as Timothy Leary and Aldous Huxley – his music is deeply seated in the “other world” – as his first no-holds-barred album, Jew Drops From Heaven amply illustrates. Criticizing advertising, theology, education, pop culture and man’s very existence!
The latest album, “Generate Organise Destroy” , features nylon string guitarist, Carlos Bonell, who revisits 6 Classical compositions by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, Albenez, Bizet and Greig, blending them into eclectic synth-driven dance beats, fired up by Lawrence Greenman’s overdriven electric 6-string.The number, 6 is a recurring one with this project – “Generate Organise Destroy” features six tracks which are around the six minute mark and six radio edits which are the same tracks condensed to three minutes thirty for radio play.
This album is like a journey through contemporary and ancient cultures and the individual struggle for musical freedom. There are enough variations from one song to the other to have a good time listening to the whole album all the way through in one sitting. And even though you may be familiar with the melodies, there are also many interesting variations offered through the sound of the guitars.
There are classical sounds, electronic beats and naturally some heavy rock passages. So there is a contrast in the music with dark ambiances and lighter atmospheres meeting, clashing then dissipating. The use of vocals and voice samples adds yet another color to the music.
“Generate Organise Destroy” by The Government Overdose Department has me realizing that Lawrence Greenman and Carlos Bonell are among a very shrinking group of very gifted artists who still take time to make exceptional music on their own terms. No commercial push here. No having to top the last album, but rather just being able to put together music from deep within.
It has the whole spectrum of an eclectic crossover genre – great, unpredictable arrangements (I Sentence You To Dance), abstract esoterically-inclined lyrics (The White Cliffs), manic instrumental sections (Come Fly With Me), astoundingly beautiful moments (Underwater World), and the drama of classical-like buildups (Hall of Dreams) and (The Knight of Andromida). In order to perform this, you require the artistic and technical skills to pull off a wide range of musical moods. Something G.O.D. has in abundance.
The 6 songs are all paradigmic, hybrid compositions; meters run rampant, thematic material swoops from mood to mood, minor to major, acoustic to electric, with melodrama and muscular playing, establishing Lawrence Greenman and Carlos Bonell’s credos as new-found guitar gods.
The album follows through with this form, dosing changes in mood; from acoustic-guitar reveries to 80s synth electro-dance beats and near-heavy metal outbursts throughout; making “Generate Organise Destroy” a beautiful, complex alternately entrancing and slightly terrifying effort for the typical purist or topically uninitiated!
It’s all here, rock music built on a scale to rival classical music whilst emphasizing the best of both, on top of driven, electro-synth soundscape.