The Firing Squad For God (1987)
The Roots Of The Q’s Wiry New Wave Blues
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I used to see these guys in the late 70s when they frequented long-gone Southern dives like the legendary Buffalo Roadhouse. They were a guaranteed riot on stage (in the early days) and The Firing Squad For God – a 12″ EP with 5 tracks of hellfire, new wave blues & Beefheartian weirdness (recorded between 1982 & 1987) – was a return to that early, manic form. The title track (hear it below) features thinly disguised audio tapes of famed Nixonian TV evangelist Robert Tilton… speaking in tongues (“If Newsweek calls, say I’m in a meetin‘”), while the lead guitar/harmonica duet near the end is from another planet. Angular guitars are all over the place, and some of the imagery is pure theatre. A 15 minute blast of The Q’s as a stripped down new wave/blues combo, echoing their debut 1979 single, “Rat Bait.” Find the band’s brilliant debut, The Deep End, in the archives (HERE), as well as the debut from The Supreme Court, featuring guitarist Glenn Phillips (Hampton Grease Band) and Q’s leader, Jeff Calder (HERE). Get The Firing Squad For God at Amazon, HERE. It’s vinyl-only, of course, as this EP has never been on CD.
The Firing Squad for God (4:25)
El Presidenté (1:46)
Working In The Nut Plant (4:41)