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?
There's been some actual news this week. The Movielifereformed, Fightstarreturned from hiatus, and then there was Emoji Artworks. But sadly, today is our last #notthenews round-up of 2014. Try to hold back those tears while we recap all of this week's nonsense.