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God or Julie, the New York-based quartet led by two brothers, J.P. Johnson and Adam Johnson, from Denver, is one of those hard rock bands that flirts with the edge of heavy metal without ever quite crossing the line. The rhythm section pounds along, generally at an aggressive tempo, and the guitars slash and scream with powerful riffs, but somehow things stay just melodic enough to retain a pop definition. The difference, really, may lie with J.P. Johnson, who sings lead and writes all the songs. If he howled in rage, you'd call the music metal, but instead he uses his adenoidal voice to croon his lyrics of typical romantic angst. Things have not been going well in the girlfriend department for the narrator of these songs, but J.P. Johnson actually seems less concerned about that than he does about deciding on which notes to jump into falsetto. This is the music of a young band; the musicians sound excited and energetic as they seem to race each other through the record. They don't have time to stop and explore anything in any depth, but they seem to be having fun, and it's not hard to imagine that the audiences at their shows do, too.


Formed: Denver, CO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The New York-based rock quartet God or Julie (a name inspired by a friend who always writes songs about God or about his wife Julie) was formed by brothers Jon Paul Johnson and Adam Johnson after they relocated from Denver, CO, and enlisted drummer Aaron Stern (formerly of Matchbook Romance) and guitarist Matt Hogan. Ranked the number-one unsigned band on Pure Volume in June 2006, they toured opening for Buckcherry and Everclear while their video for "Say Your Last Goodbye" was attracting 300,000...
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