Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Who Dares Defy the Hand of God to War (Live in Practice)

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Book of Kills
Jim Shelley


I wrote "Who Dares Defy the Hand of God to War?" back in 2001 not long after 9/11. The 2003 version of Book of Kills (Jane and Casey Firkin, Randy Simpson, Bill Bird and me) played it live once in April of that year and then never tried it again after the song proved difficult for us to get a handle on. However, Casey, Bill and I cut a quickie version of it that summer which I thought turned out to be one of the better things BOK ever recorded between 2000-2003.

The 2004 version of Book of Kills (Brian Temples, Dustin Bugg, Mike Chiarello and me) incorporated the song into our set and played it during both of our live performances. It was good but somehow seemed to lack the fire that I thought that it deserved.

Book of Proles, which later morphed into The Karl Rove (featuring Johnny St. Ours, Aaron Farrington, Billy Hunt, and me), gamely gave the song a go during the end of 2005 and early 2006. but once again, we just didn't seem to have a feel for the arrangement and dropped it from our set list after a June 2006 show.

Come 2009, Book of Kills (now David Tekippe, George Nipe III, Mike Hicks and me) tried "Who Dares" on for size, but yet again, we just never locked into the thing. In fact, I think we only ran through it a few times in a couple practices. This performance is the only complete one we ever produced. Listen to it, however, and I think you'll agree that perhaps we should have stuck with it; this version is full of the sort of energy and passion it deserves. Mike plays great drums on it. Though I suppose no one else agrees, I consider "Who Dares Defy the Hand of God to War?" one of the better things I ever wrote. But most of the songs I believe are my best never have been performed live. Strange, eh?

Anyhow...I hope you enjoy this one. (This track originally showed up on the second Book of Kills Single of the Month back in September 2015.

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