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Skam - The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard album review

Conceptual high jinks from Leicester rockers

Cover art for Skam - The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard album

Skam are a little band with big ideas. On this, their third album, the Leicester trio have gone fully conceptual. Like Doctor Who in a flying hat, The Amazing Memoirs Of Geoffrey Goddard is the tale of a time-hopping WW2 airman who finds himself in medieval Japan, Wild West Oklahoma and prehistoric Africa. It’s an inherently silly idea, saved by Skam’s no-nonsense delivery. Take It Or Leave It and Bring The Rain are grittily anthemic rockers that owe more to the Foo Fighters than to Yes – the odd sonorous spoken-word interlude aside, it’s hard to envisage any of its 12 tracks being staged on ice. Still, full marks for ambition.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.