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Gay For Johnny Depp - What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You

Shit, when did GFJD become Refused?

Posted Saturday, 12 February 2011 in

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Gay for Johnny Depp

Gay For Johnny Depp - What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You

Rating: 9

Given their initial conception as a band obsessed with the homoerotic appeal of their A-list namesake, the chances of Gay For Johnny Depp having a crack at a ‘serious’ hardcore record seemed slimmer than those of Satan acquiring chilblains. Previous full-length ‘The Politics Of Cruelty’ hinted at a capacity to focus on topics other than sexual depravity, but on ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’ frontman Marty Leopard is a veritable fountain of bilious disgust. The frantic, high-pitched vocals of old are still present and correct, but they’re also tempered by frequent downbeat melodic refrains, echoing the likes of Nirvana more than, say, The Blood Brothers. Musically too, the band display a staggering diversity; ‘Suckcess’, to take but one example, jabs you in eye with visceral yelps of nervous tension, before head-butting the pedal board and igniting an elephantine dominator of a riff. The undoubted highlight, however, is the title track. Menacing, slow-burn slide guitars are swept aside as Leopard loses his rag in spectacular fashion, passionately asserting, “I’m not an idiot! I’m not an idiot! I’m not a fucking douche bag!” as he rails against the political and financial elite still unconvincingly attempting to dupe the little man. Shit, when did Gay For Johnny DeppGFJD become Refused?

Pete Withers

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