Your God Rules
Your God Rules was the brainchild of vocalist Rob McGuigan, who singlehandedly wrote and produced every song on their self titled debut album, and came up with the band's name on the premise that "Everyone has his own way to go." At 17 years old, he moved from Philadelphia to Hollywood and started drumming in a local band named Spank, where he met bassist David Alexander, who had been playing in Seattle clubs since the tender age of 12.
As McGuigan started developing his own songwriting proficiency, the need for another outlet besides being drummer for Spank became more and more evident, and so he formed Your God Rules. He found the band's guitarist, Pat Bloodwell, when Pat put an advert in a newspaper, and the band went on to play their first show on Halloween 1995. The following March, Ty Dennis was recruited to take over drumming services.
The band's debut album was released through Revolver Records across Europe in 1997, and was met with positive reviews: comparisons with Industrial giants such as Ministry and Nine Inch Nails were reasonably common, alongside comparisons with Pink Floyd and The Beatles owing to their psychedelic influences. Simply put, the only way to truly understand the band's sound remains to listen to them.
Kerrang's Jason Arnopp wrote of the band "the best thing about Your God Rules is not knowing exactly what's going to happen next." Indeed, what would have happened next, no one rightly knows: their debut album remains their only release.