“Restart”, the second single from Good Guy Dies, sees the London based duo continuing with their hybrid cocktail of classic rock, electronica and post-punk pop. From the pulsating intro, through the angst-ridden verses and anarchic, anthemic choruses, Good Guy Dies lay down a wall of sound that doesn’t ask, but demands attention.
Cherry Makej’s majestically vitriolic vocal is perfectly complemented by Joe Hodgson’s razor-edged riffs and searing solo, and set against a backdrop of pulsating, driving beats, listeners are kept on the edge of their seats from start to finish. This is a duo not to be messed with. The accompanying David Lynch-esque video is now available on youtube and the single will be available for download on itunes from 28th September.
Good Guy Dies are a duo comprising Latvian vocalist Cherry Makej and Northern Irish guitarist Joe Hodgson. This meeting of East and West took place in 2012 and the pair spent the next two years honing their song writing and musical style, culminating in the recording of their debut album in 2014-15 with renowned producer George De Angelis (Seal, Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes). Their music is difficult to pigeon-hole but one thing is for sure, these guys aren’t afraid to tackle often-avoided topics. While the subject matter is thought-provoking, Good Guy Dies’ music has an upbeat and uplifting vibe with a huge sound, hooks galore and bucket loads of attitude. Over the past year the band has supported Primal Scream, The Libertines and Steve Cradock, and their live show is one not to be missed. They have also recently played live on the James Whale BBC Radio Kent, Saturday morning show.
Cherry grew up in an artistic family, and from an early age she quickly gravitated towards singing and often performed at family gatherings. “I was always drawn to anyone with a unique voice and I’ve a lot of different influences. I love Tori Amos as much as I love Jonathan Davis from Korn and Bjork as much as I love Freddie Mercury. I’m just into great music and great singing no matter what the style.” At seventeen Cherry joined her first serious band in Riga and gigged extensively across Latvia. However, she quickly realised that fulfilling her dreams of singing on an international stage meant leaving Latvia, and in 2011 she moved to London where she subsequently met Joe through an advert in a local London paper.
Joe grew up in Co. Tyrone and started playing guitar after hearing some of his cousin’s old Rory Gallagher records. “I was mesmerised by his playing and his persona, and after that, playing the guitar was all I ever wanted to do.” A lot of Joe’s influences were drawn from rock and the blues, especially Irish guitarists- “I just felt a connection to them. I loved people like Gary Moore and Pat McManus, these guys had grit and passion in their playing and hit the guitar as if their life depended on it.” Joe quickly became interested in song writing, being attracted to “anything with melody and attitude”. As far as songwriters go, he was particularly influenced by Don Henley and Phil Lynott.
George De Angelis, Ivor Novello award winning songwriter and producer talking about Good Guy Dies:
“I really enjoyed producing the Good Guy Dies album. They have some really great songs and what I like is that they’re not scared to tackle subject matter that other bands either wouldn’t think of, or would be too scared to talk about. I’m thinking particularly of “Hit Me Back” and “Whether She Wants It Or Not”. I also love the fact that they’re always up for experimentation and are always seeking a unique direction; something which gives me great latitude on the production side of things.”