Doc speaks with ex-God Forbid vocalist, Byron Davis, about how he felt and what he did when God Forbid broke up, how wanting to start a family factored into moving on from the band, reflect on the troubles that led to the break-up, the creative process of the last album Equilibrium, how his vocal style evolved through the years, what finding metal in a predominantly black community was like, and contemplate his future plans.
This episode features the song “Zombie” by Bad Wolves and “Pockets Lined With Flowers” by Casket Robbery from the EP The Ascension.
It’s only been a week since we closed the door on God Forbid, but with so much outpouring of affection, sharing of memories, disclosures of sadness bordering on mourning from friends, fans, fellow compatriots in the music industry, and my own reflections burrowing their way from my subconscious to the surface, I thought I should share some of my thoughts about what kind of legacy we left.
In all honesty, it feels silly to use a word like legacy when talking about my own band, but I was actually having some sentimental feelings about the musical catalog God Forbid has amassed when I was preparing for the last couple shows we did, before I decided to leave the group. I was practicing a few songs I hadn’t played in a while, and in that time, I started listening back to some songs and albums I hadn’t heard to in quite some time. And in that moment, I felt a deep sense of pride and accomplishment. For perhaps the first time, I heard a distinct sound that permeated from our first album to our last. Although that sound had evolved over time and become more nuanced and composed and lost some of it’s teeth, much of the feel was there. The groove was consistent. Dynamics always played a part. Darkness and melody persisted and coexisted. The words spoke about pushing through and striving for better.