Doctor Goddard is a rock band from the Blue Mountains, NSW who “fuse old school Jim Morrison-esque indie rock with distinctly contemporary sounds and production.” (Lachlan Wyllie, 90.3FM) Singles “Do You Ever” and “The Bar’s All Covered In Lies” off their debut EP received national airplay on Triple J and have been likened by critics to acts such as The War On Drugs, Pink Floyd and Tame Impala.
The band formed after brothers Mikael Sandström (vocals, guitar) and Nicholas Sandström (drums) met Cleveland, Ohio local Chris Seaman (bass) at a uni poker tournament in 2013 and bonded over a communal love of rock, late night card games and blues music.
The trio began honing their sound shortly before landing the support with The Preatures for their Is This How You Feel Sydney Tour in which time Doctor Goddard formed a friendship with producer Jack Moffitt (guitarist for The Preatures) who recorded their first EP in the summer of 2014 and their new single “Without Love”. Since the EP’s release in August 2014 and after playing gigs all over Sydney with bands such as Flyying Colours, I Know Leopard, Spookyland, Peking Duck, Sticky Fingers and Richard in Your Mind,Doctor Goddard has been complimented on its rich sound, raw live energy and kinetic rhythms.
“Without Love” was written and recorded live by Doctor Goddard over a 2 day session in the summer of 2015 and mixed at The Preatures studio, Doldrums. Lyrically about love and music a modern edge bleeds into Without Love whilst also saluting the ghosts of the west coast blues/rock scene in 1970’s America.
“The song was born out of a jam and slowly grew into a song as it was road-tested around Sydney venues in late 2014. The lyric “without love you die” struck us a overtly dramatic and poignant at the same time. It’s love letter to music and the Sydney scene.” – Mikael Sandström
For Fans Of: The Doors, Tame Impala, Temples, The War On Drugs, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dungen, Led Zeppelin
“Without Love” by DOCTOR GODDARD will be released 4th of September 2015 on Pavement Records.