Godcorp. (Can) Back To Godhead; tape (1987)

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(A): Man With Porridge Function / Untitled / Broken Mind / Priests Of Profit / Killing Death & Mutilation

(B): Mask / Case Study / Trial By Fire / Serve & Protect / Howl

Another tape from the collection of Steven ‘Stel’ R.

This band (from Toronto, Ontario) played fast melodic hardcore punk. The line-up was ‘Tony’ Meaney (vocals), Tom (guitar), Rich (guitar), Steve (bass) & Dave (drums). Besides this tape, they appeared also on a couple of compilation-tapes (Well Hung Monks & Ontario: Yours To Discover!).

Brob

review in Metallised #8

They were a hardcore band made up of kids from the Maritimes [Maritime provinces, a region of Eastern Canada], mostly members of ‘Schizoid’ (who I believe were from St John’s [capital of the Canadian province Newfoundland & Labrador]). Singer Tony Meaney sang in a band called ‘Public Enemy’ (which released a cassette). They were also from St. John’s. Tony used to do a zine too, possibly using the same name (Public Enemy). I think they pre-dated the more well-known rap-band with the same name…

I did an interview with Tony (link). Here’s a very brief summary: Tony is from the remote village St. Marys, Newfoundland. ‘Schizoid’ was originally named ‘Public Enemy’. Tony moves to Toronto in October ’85 where lives at a punk-house called Happy House. ‘Schizoid’ forms and releases an EP called Beer Thief. Tony goes back to NF for a visit and when he returns there’s a guy in the basement named Tom (from New Brunswick [Canadian province]) who has a band called ‘Godcorp.’ and they’re looking for a singer. Tony joins. The band was already gigging before that. Rich P. and Steve McDonald [R.I.P.] were from Toronto. Dave Gonzales (also from Toronto) was the drummer; his dad was a Chilean political prisoner living in exile in Cuba. His older sister, Paula, was also in a band (‘Chicken Milk’) playing bass. Dave went on to play in a local HC band called ‘Dirty Bird’. There is a lot more information about influences in the interview.

I seem to remember the band being compared to ‘Negative FX’ in a review that appeared in MRR…

Stephe Perry (Equalizing Distort)

‘GodCorp.’ was my first band. I was 17 in 1987 (when this tape was released). Steve, Tom, Rich and myself rolled as a crew long before the band was even formed. We met Tony through mutual friends. Once Tony left the band, another mutual friend (Rob) stepped in as a vocalist for a short while. We would all jam in my parent’s basement (thank you for your incredible patience) and eventually we would rent rehearsal-time at Exit Studios (Queen & Ossington). We shared the room with legendary Toronto veterans ‘Sudden Impact’. These were some of my favourite times of my life. ‘GodCorp.’ paved the way for my fountain of youth. I call it that because I’ve always thought that music, arts and specially the punk-scene, keeps you young and immature hahaha! I was blessed to have such a good set of solid friends at that time.

‘GodCorp.’ played many local shows in Toronto and surrounding area and even went to Buffalo (NY) to open up for Canadian legends ‘S.N.F.U.’. Tom played guitar with a cast on his arm (a skateboarding accident) at that show. Eventually the band split up (was together only a few years) and people moved along/away. The only band-mate that I have seen recently and keep in touch with is Tom Russell (lead guitar). Rich Pokonzie did rhythm guitar, Steve McConnell bass (RIP 1988❤), Tony Meaney was the original vocalist (and on the cassette). Rob Breadner sang briefly after Tony left the band.

Most of the music was written by Tom but Steve wrote Untitled and Rich wrote Broken Mind. Tom & Rich co-wrote Case Study. Steve wrote the lyrics for Untitled, Killing Death And Mutulation, and Mask. Rich wrote lyrics on Broken Mind. Rich, Tom, and Steve did back-ups on various songs. Cover artwork was done by Jamie (I think Berg was his last name but not 100% on that).

Dave Gonzales

Godcorp. live 1987; pics by Stephe Perry

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