God Damn - Everything Ever album review

Midlands duo deliver meat, but scrimp on substance

God Damn Everything Ever album cover

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Pity the bassist. Superfluous since The White Stripes and further condemned as an anachronism by Royal Blood, our four-stringed friend is the first victim of 21st-century touring budget cuts. Wolverhampton’s God Damn – singer-guitarist Thom Edward and drummer Ash Weaver – have been bassless since a life-threatening accident robbed them of their third member, producing two albums of gnarly glam grunge, situated at the garglier end of the current Britrock mob.

This third, however, feels tellingly two-dimensional: the rabble and roar of Dead To Me, Again Again and Fake Prisons are box-tickingly ferocious, but there’s little colour or melodic panache to sugar the gravel. Any hopes that a song called It Bites might metal-up Calling All The Heroes, for instance, are dashed by more rabid gnashing.

At its best, Oh No recalls The Black Keys, I’ll Bury You totters along on a slasher carnival groove, Ghost hammers Merseybeat into grotesque new shapes and closer Easily Misbled, an elegant mariachi acoustic noir, is a refreshing respite. But too much here is sub-Dinosaur Pile-Up slush, dredged, ironically, from Britrock’s bottom end.

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Mark Beaumont

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle.