Two years after the release of their debut ‘Vultures’, Wolverhampton two-piece God Damn have just unleashed their sophomore record ‘Everything Ever’ upon the world, and with a headline set at London’s Boston Music Rooms on the same day as the release the boys have managed to both improve and expand on the oft difficult second record, despite a few teething problems along the way.
Formed in 2010, God Damn began life as an (one would assume) criminally overlooked indie outfit. Fusing fuzzed out heavy metal, punk rock sensibilities and 90’s grunge, God Damn could easily stand to become lost amongst the plethora of other octave-obsessed, overdriven two piece bands kicking around the British rock scene today. However, with a sound as gnarly, uncompromising and straight up lumberingly-heavy, the band carve their place as the finest this niche has to offer.
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Make no mistake, God Damn may well not be the biggest band of their respective lot, but when it comes to sonics, talent and output, they definitely are. Not content with producing some of the catchiest riffs of the year on tracks like ‘Six Wires’, ‘Violence’ and latest single ‘Let’s Speak’, the spotlight truly shines on guitarist and lead vocalist Thom Edward. Showcasing both an outstanding ability to write memorable, toe-tapping riffs as well as work pure magic up and down the fretboard on the opening moments of ‘Again Again’ & ‘It Bites’, the technical prowess on display here often comes just as the record requires it.
However, none of this would be possible or anywhere near as potent without the groove-laden stick work of Ash Weaver, with a sense of rhythm so frighteningly tight you wonder how the band have any space to manoeuvre at all. The drummer’s restraint when necessary, as well as determination to provide a driving performance makes for an absolutely delightfully sleazy experience, dripping with desert-rock vibes throughout.
The issue here, sadly, is no matter how refined the band’s sound may be, and just how catchy the majority of the record is, it cannot shake the fact that, yes, several parts of the album could cause serious deja vu for listeners. Mix this with a fairly consistent pace throughout, and those seriously into the band’s sound will find nary a single issue here, but for the more casual observer, it can seem a slog to get through the album in one sitting with some tracks more than a little similar to others. This is by no means an issue unique to God Damn, as it often comes with those artists that have worked so hard to establish a tone and sonic signature.
In ‘Everything Ever’, God Damn have produced another well oiled, delightfully sludgy serving of fuzzed-up punk rock. Whilst the record has it’s issues, those dedicated to getting that little bit more out of the record will find plenty to sink their teeth into here, and we can all expect God Damn to attract more than a little extra attention further on down the road.
‘Everything Ever’ is out now via One Little Indian Records