Dave Goddess Group (from the E.P. Last of the West Side Cowboys)
New York City Rock’n’Roll has no need to grow up. The rawness and the grit are perfect for city streets that match the characters in the songs and the sharp edges of the melody, the real life that walks through the stories. Dave Goddess Group are torchbearers for the three-chords-and-the-truth gold ring that NYC bands try to grab as they spin through the local music scene. For more than a decade, Dave Goddess Group have taken their music off the island of Manhattan, beyond Brooklyn and the boroughs, building a fallowing one true believer at a time. Last of the West Side Cowboys, the latest release from Dave Goddess Group, punches with a beat ready for a street fight. The title track opens the E.P. using a back story seen through the eyes of George Hayde, the final train rider…. the “Last of the West Side Cowboys”. Dave Goddess provides the history of a time ‘from 1846 to 1941, an above ground train used to take freight up and down 10th Avenue in Manhattan. I live on that street today. Anyway, it was dangerous back then, with the train routinely hitting pedestrians. So New York City hired cowboys, real ones, who rode their horses in front of the trains, swinging lanterns and clearing the tracks. Eventually New York built what is now The Highline, an elevated platform to get the trains off the streets and the West Side Cowboys were out of work’.
A whole lot of real pens the tales in Last of the West Side Cowboys, a “Better Man” materializing in memories that swirl like the Beatles-esque melodies that swim through the song as the rhythms slow like the drugs coursing through veins with “Tears in Rain”. Dave Goddess Group travel “Providence Road” and stumble through the tangled tale in “Paradise Lost” while Last of the West Side Cowboys goes back to political musicians of the past to ask John and Joe (Strummer) about the chaos of the moment in “Roll Over John Lennon”.
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