Twosomes in the world of rock n roll seem to be an equation for success. Just think about the likes of The White Stripes, Royal Blood and Slaves to name a few; but there seems to be something electric about the rawness of just a guitar and a drum set, going head to head. And God Damn is no exception. ‘Everything Ever’ offers catastrophic proportions in terms of lyrical intensity and heavy no-nonsense riffs, it’s a record sown with colossal moments.
Premiering on Daniel P Carter’s BBC Radio 1 show as the ‘Rockest Record’ in August ‘Sing This’ is an instantaneous assault on the ear drums, as “shalalalas” often reserved for sugary sweet pop numbers are screamed out, grasping you by the scruff of the neck with brutal force. And this is just the opener. Thom Edwards (Guitar/ Vocals) and Ash Weaver’s (Drums) union is unfathomable, melding together gritty harsh melodies playing each track to an inch of their life on ‘Again Again’, which demands you to stand up straight and pay attention. As the relentless pounding of Weaver’s percussion and Edward’s gravely vocals, fuels the fury inside before the climatic eruption.
If one thing is clear from listening to the album, it’s that the pair has mastered the skill of crafting anthemic tracks for instance ‘I’ll Bury You’, which showcases Edwards’ vocal elasticity and ‘Dead to Me’ embroils a venomous chant. ‘Everything Ever’ is an LP crammed with gutsy songs, as well as the instrumentals to match. This is God Damn growing into themselves, their sound and with a UK tour in full swing running into October; it’s only going to get better from here onwards.
Words: Lois Browne
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