Taking a break out of avoiding salvaging ships in the aftermath of a European wall being erected by Donald Trump in 2025, we being to your attention of musical duo Go Gracious. In their words, they are “the only 2-piece pop rock band that has an exclusive time-travelling, extra-terrestrial membership. We define ourselves as liars.”
The duo of Dee (lead vocals, guitar and bass) and Morris (backing vocals, drums and keys) have been going for around a year, and just released debut EP Petrol Money, on which Dee tells us: “It was a lot about the transition to young manhood for me. Pythagoras Theorem was taught very well at my school but how to deal with ever changing social groups and rent, the effect on love and friendships after the addition of alcohol and….. mood enhancing substances; not so much.”
It opens up with Trust Me, which begins with light repeating guitar riff that continues under engaging singalong vocals, that pick up in intensity in a big catchy chorus. It’s catchy, jaunty and enjoyable but things pick up in second track One Less Thing.
It begins with low palm-muted guitar notes and a meandering piano, then vocals kick in “Ever feel your life could be, So much more like it should be the fire that I burnt a candle flame, When you dream so vividly, Dream about the irony, The time is undefeated in this game.” A switch to lighter flicks of guitar come in alongside rolling bursts of piano under the vocals “Do you hear that rising chime, That’s the sound of love for the very last time, Say you’ll hear it too sweet love of mine, Love is making the sense for the very first time, Life is making sense inside that one less thing to find.” The guitars pick up alongside backing strings as the pace increases and builds into a heavier version of the previous lyrics. A cool laid-back guitar solo follows that then the pace drops down with the same lyrics repeating – it’s a really cool, well written poppy rock track.
The EP ends with its rockiest track Scientist, which opens with light guitar under the vocals “I fell apart from the outside in, Life takes a little time to sink in” then a smash of guitars accompany cries of “It gets better.” Driving drums come in under more lively vocals and feed into a chorus of “I’ve been listening to scientists, To see if there’s something that I’ve missed, Tie me up until I reminisce, All the things that I gave up for this.”
On their music, Morris tells us: “We aim to create sounds that have subjectively pleasing, mathematical relationships in frequency, that occur at intervals in time that are consistent around a predetermined numeric subdivision. And to make people think we are cool, even though we aren’t.
While Dee adds: “I just want to be able to ask people what a song we have written meant to them. I know it’s cheesy and trying to be cheesy around Morris proves the existence of lactose intolerance.” (Editor’s note: We strictly did not edit this.)
The next step for the band is to take their music into a live setting. But of course, being a two man band presents difficulties when playing live, with the most obvious that Dee probably can’t sing while playing guitar and the bass. Probably. As Morris explains: “This is something that is a little more complex for us than most bands, because when we wrote and recorded the songs we didn’t really consider how we would ever be able to pull them off live. As a result we’ve really been trying to push the technologies we have as far as they will go to try and make two people sound like 20.”
And there’s an intriguing / weird time travelling obsession about the duo. Case in point, on how the two met, Morris tells us: “Dee and I first met in 2025 salvaging sunken ships off the coast of Ireland which had fallen into difficulty after colliding with the wall that Overlord Donald Trump had decided to build around a divided Europe.
“We were employed by competing companies tasked with finding a specific and mysterious object that 1 of the ships had been carrying, and were forced to join forces for the good of humanity. Dee still had Acetylene; I had an operational torch. While celebrating in the Scottish Lowlands drinking scotch, a questionable process of thinking lead to the formation of Go Gracious. This is when we drunkenly stumbled into a tear in spacetime and things get a little harder to believe from then on.”
Anyway… to get serious for a moment, we chatted with the guys about their thoughts on the industry, and Morris told us: “The perception is that the music industry is struggling and I feel this simply isn’t true. It is now so easy for a musician to get their music out to their fans in a way that is quick and relatively cheap. It also means that there is far more music available to the consumer than ever before, which is obviously great for the consumer, but means that the pot of money in the industry needs to be spread further, so a successful artist ends up with less, because there are more of them.
“As a result, there’s also less incentive for investment in an artist, and the amount that can be sensibly spent developing and promoting new music ends up being less, because the returns are less. This makes it harder for the artists to be able to focus 100% on music because there simply isn’t enough money left for them to do so.
“The industry as a whole is strong, and more varied than ever before, which makes it much harder to for those who approach it a means of getting rich. ‘Making it’ just means something different now. Change is not always a bad thing, but when something changes to benefit one group, it usually has a negative effect on another. In terms of change to benefit the artist, we need to stop devaluing music. The cost to the consumer has dropped drastically over the last 20 years, and this means that you now have unlimited access to music for what it used to cost to buy 1 album which perpetuates the less money in less money out scenario.
“But this ends with a cyclic argument, where you have to increase the cost of music to the consumer, which will result in the consumer buying less music, while still spending the same. So the money in the industry remains consistent while the amount of music being listen to decreases.”
On what’s coming our way from Go Gracious, Dee says: “For the time being, we’ll be focusing on surviving the impending Trump/Brexit induced apocalypse. And doing some absurd stadium quality shows in your local pub.”