Rock & Pop


When: Sun., April 20, 8:30 p.m. 2014

If you subscribe to the belief that art is a product of the environment in which it is produced, then you’ll get a very clear view of the music of Godflesh, whose members grew up in the industrial city of Birmingham, England in the 1970s: It’s all dissonant, harsh, gray sounds, punctuated by the mechanical grinding of a factory floor. The band was a major influence on the industrial and post-metal scene, and although it disbanded in 2002, Godflesh’s Justin K. Broadrick continued to have a prolific career in numerous projects. Godflesh reunited in 2010 and is currently on its first North American tour since getting back together (after visa issues delayed the initial itinerary). According to an interview with Broadrick in The Stranger, the band will only play songs from its early, drum-machine-driven releases (through 1994’s Selfless). Although he wrote the music decades ago, Broadrick said playing it today feels “entirely natural. … It’s a rage that I doubt will ever subside.” Godflesh performs at DNA Lounge (375 11th St., San Francisco) on Sunday, with Cut Hands and House of Low Culture.

Kathleen Richards

Price: $25, $28

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