Album Review: Gay For Johnny Depp – “What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You”
So where to start with this one – well for starters, the band name’s clearly more promising than the sound (after all, who isn’t a little gay for Mr Depp?) but that’s by the by. When it comes down to it, they’re arguably better at naming songs than writing them – songs with titles like ‘No, I’m Married To Jesus, Now Keep Your Fucking Hands Off Of Him’ do make you chuckle, but listening to them? Not so much. To these ears it’s all just a little inaccessible.
It gives you a good ol’ fright right from the start, kicking off with the frenzied cacophony that is ‘Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and Artistic Integrity’. I can see what they’re trying to do here, but they just don’t pull off the shock/chaos factor for me, coming across instead as a band that’s just trying a little too hard.
As for the horrifically ill-advised cover of ‘Cum On Feel the Noize’ (retitled Boize – what comedy genius came up with that?), the less said about that the better.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s not an awful album if you like your hardcore/spazzcore/whatever – but it is slightly deranged, and not necessarily in a good way. It is, however, mercifully short, clocking in at a mere 20-odd minutes.
Fans of the likes of Refused might find this up their alley, but frankly, I was expecting more, and they haven’t really delivered.