God Lives Underwater

God Lives Underwater[1][2] was a techno rock band from rural Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania (near Philadelphia), formed in 1993 by band members David Reilly and Jeff Turzo. God Lives Underwater was originally signed to American Recordings after being discovered by Rick Rubin, who subsequently produced the band's first two albums.[3] Prior to the band's breakup, there were two other members, Andrew McGee and Adam Kary.

God Lives Underwater
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Background information
Also known asG.L.U.
OriginPerkiomenville, Pennsylvania, United States
GenresIndustrial rock, electronic rock, techno, industrial metal, alternative metal
Years active1993–2005
LabelsOnion/American, 1500 Records/A&M, Locomotive Music
Associated actsWired All Wrong, Mass Hystereo, Fluzee, Heavy, Robot Teen America, Pop's Cool Love
Past membersDavid Reilly
Jeff Turzo
Andrew McGee
Adam Kary
Scott Garrett
Chris Michaels

The band produced an extended play (EP) in 1995.[4] Later that year, they released their first studio album, Empty. In 1998, they released another studio album, Life in the So-Called Space Age. It was their first and only album to ever chart, peaking #6 on Heatseekers, and #137 on the Billboard 200.[5] Later that year, the released their second EP, Rearrange. In 2004, God Lives Underwater released their last album, Up off the Floor. David later re-united with drummer Adam Kary in Philadelphia and created Fluzee. The two wrote and recorded a 7 track CD entitled "Seven" Recorded in Kary's Philadelphia house, it was sold in limited edition online. They put together a live band to play a few shows in Philadelphia. David on guitar and vocals, Adam on guitar and backing vocal, Melissa Zahnweh on bass and Pat Haslup on drums. One year later, lead singer David Reilly died in his sleep, after the band's breakup.[6]


Stated influences of the band's sound include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, The Psychedelic Furs, Alice In Chains and Spiritualized. Reilly disparaged uses of "electronica" in reference to the band in 1998, suggesting that "techno" would be more appropriate, but ultimately saying that he would prefer the label "pop band".[7]

God Lives Underwater recorded their first (self-titled) EP in 1993, but it was not released until 1995. The EP consists of 6 tracks. God Lives Underwater's first full-length album Empty was also released in 1995 (in October) via American Recordings.

Several songs from their first two releases were featured in movies. "Tortoise" was used in the movie National Lampoon's Senior Trip. "No More Love" was featured as the credits began to roll at the end of the commercially successful Keanu Reeves film Johnny Mnemonic.,[8] "Drag Me Down" was used in The Doom Generation. "No More Love" and "Drag Me Down" were included on both the EP and album. In addition, their remix of the Rob Zombie song, "How To Make A Monster," was featured in the climactic scene of another Keanu Reeves film, The Watcher. Reeves reportedly suggested to the producers of the film that they use the song, as God Lives Underwater was one of his favorite bands. Also, "Weight"—an outtake from Empty— was featured on Mortal Kombat: More Kombat, an album of music "inspired" by the film Mortal Kombat.

In 1998 the band released a 5 track promotional EP titled Rearrange and their second full-length album. The title of the full-length, Life in the So-Called Space Age, comes from the Depeche Mode album Black Celebration, where the phrase appears in quotes on the back cover. The album consists of 11 tracks and reached number 137 on the U.S. Billboard chart in April 1998. It was on the Billboard chart for two weeks. Allmusic gave the album four stars. "Medicated to the One I Love," the last track on the album, lasts 32:24, the band's longest song ever released. Their single "From Your Mouth" from Life in the So-Called Space Age peaked at number 17 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart,[9] supported by an unusual music video directed by Roman Coppola, featuring champion hot-dog eater Hirofumi Nakajima removing vast quantities of food from his mouth. The video footage is actually a single take played in reverse, which was achieved after five other takes (each of which required Nakajima to stuff his face).[10] "From Your Mouth" also appeared in the 2000 movie Gossip.

Contractual entanglements and a label bankruptcy postponed the release of their follow-up album Up Off The Floor, and was finally released in 2004 on an independent label,[11] but by that time, the core members of God Lives Underwater had split up and moved on to other projects. Up Off the Floor caused numerous complaints amongst fans about the quality of the album's mastering, as well as complaints that two of the more well-known songs from the album's sessions ("Choir Boy" and "Fame") were removed and not included in the official release for undisclosed reasons. The album was, however, released to somewhat modest success. In addition, their cover of the classic David Bowie hit "Fame" was the main song featured in the highly successful Robert De Niro film 15 Minutes, and the film's soundtrack also featured the track "1% (The Long Way Down)," in addition to "Fame". The album consists of 10 tracks and is the last album by God Lives Underwater.

Jeff Turzo started Wired All Wrong with Matt Mahaffey while David Reilly pursued a solo career. Band member David Reilly died in his sleep on the morning of October 16, 2005 from complications of a coma brought on by bleeding, as a result of tooth infection.[12] He was 34 years old. A book about David Reilly was released on 10/16/07 titled "Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts" by Brian Paone, longtime friend of David and the band.[13]

Influences and styleEdit

The band's main influences include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Cabaret Voltaire, KMFDM, and Ministry. The band performs in a gloomy and aggressive mood. They are considered to have the styles of: heavy metal, alternative rock, indie rock, industrial metal, etc.[14]

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  1. ^ News-Times, The (2004-07-13). "God Lives Underwater surfaces again". NewsTimes. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  2. ^ "God Lives Underwater - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music". BBC. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  3. ^ Blabbermouth (2005-10-17). "GOD LIVES UNDERWATER Founding Member DAVID REILLY Dead At 34". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  4. ^ MTV News Staff. "God Lives Underwater Has Appetite For Success". MTV News. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  5. ^ "God Lives Underwater — Life in the So-Called Space Age". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  6. ^ God Lives Underwater:Information Answers.com. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
  7. ^ Bell, Carrie (April 4, 1998). "The modern age". Billboard. 110 (14). p. 73. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ "Johnny Mnemonic: Various Artists, Mychael Danna: Music". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  9. ^ From Your Mouth - God Lives Underwater | Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-05-15.
  10. ^ "God Lives Underwater Has Appetite For Success". MTV News. 1998-03-26. Archived from the original on 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2006-12-25.
  11. ^ allmusic ((( Up Off the Floor > Overview )))
  12. ^ "Designed by one man, "owned" by another, free and accessible to all". Death-Watch.com. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  13. ^ "David Reilly (Book about David Reilly (God Lives Underwater))". Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  14. ^ God Lives Underwater overview, Allmusic. Retrieved December 11, 2009.

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