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God Damn – ‘Heavy Money’ EP review

Genre-defying EP from heavy rock trio.


1. Red Checker
2. Heavy Money
3. I Don’t Really Mind
4. New Invention Victory Club
5. Like Meat To Morrissey
6. Dangle Like Skeletons

Thom – vocals/guitar
Dave – vocals/guitar
Ash – drums

Ever encountered a band whose sound incorporates so many different influences, that you found it difficult to pin down and describe to others? That’s what you get with God Damn, to their credit. I was introduced to this Birmingham trio via a link to their EP on Facebook (it pays off to click on these things people!), and have since been addicted this band’s sound. Taking in everything from doom metal to grungey garage rock, this recently-released EP has a lot to offer.

A frantic riff opens up first track ‘Red Checker’, a short but effective statement of intent, followed by the title track, a thundering Deap Vally-esque number. The slower but infectious ‘I Don’t Really Mind’ would appeal to fans of old school goth and post-punk bands of the 80s. ‘New Invention Victory Club’ is a slow-building instrumental, like a guitar-laden, dark and psychedelic carnival march that builds into a heavy finish, followed by the all-out rock-out of ‘Like Meat To Morrissey’. Occasionally sounding reminiscent of the likes of The 80s Matchbox B-line Disaster and BRMC, but never sounding like mere copyists, GD make each sound their own. The more sombre ‘Dangle Like Skeletons’ closes the EP, the longest track by some length (there’s no sticking to a formula here), another builder that mixes their post-punk side with doomy riffs. I predict you’ll be going back for repeated listens upon finishing; I was!

More than just the sum of their myriad of influences, God Damn have created something almost impossible to pigeonhole (a very good thing indeed); a dark, heavy alt-rock EP that transcends boundaries and could easily appeal to fans of just about any genre/subgenre of heavy and alternative music. Metalheads, goths, grungers, garage/indie-rockers – check ‘Heavy Money’ out. This deserves to be heard, and I could imagine this band becoming a festival puller in time.

The video for ‘Red Checker’:

The video for ‘Heavy Money’:

For fans of: Electric Wizard, Deap Vally, 80s post-punk, DFA 1979, Black Sabbath, early Smashing Pumpkins, The Lost Boys’ soundtrack

God Damn’s ‘Heavy Money’ EP is available as a free download and on limited editon cassette tape from http://gravyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/heavy-money-ep


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