What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You

Album Review of What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You by Gay for Johnny Depp.

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What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You

Gay for Johnny Depp

What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You by Gay for Johnny Depp

Release Date: Feb 15, 2011
Record label: Shinebox
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

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What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You - Fairly Good, Based on 3 Critics

Rock Sound - 90
Based on rating 9/10
90

Shit, when did GFJD become Refused? Given their initial conception as a band obsessed with the homoerotic appeal of their A-list namesake, the chances of Gay For Johnny Depp having a crack at a ‘serious’ hardcore record seemed slimmer than those of Satan acquiring chilblains. Previous full-length ‘The Politics Of Cruelty’ hinted at a capacity to focus on topics other than sexual depravity, but on ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’ frontman Marty Leopard is a veritable fountain of bilious disgust. The frantic, high-pitched vocals of old are still present and correct, but they’re also tempered by frequent downbeat melodic refrains, echoing the likes of Nirvana more than, say, The Blood Brothers.

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Drowned In Sound - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

On the basis of their name, you would understandably assume that Gay For Johnny Depp are the sassiset band to exist since Ian Svenonius of The Nation Of Ulysses was voted ‘Sassiest Boy In America’ by Sassy magazine. They seem to tick all the boxes that are de rigueur for a band to be considered spazzy. The track listing is a mix semi-offensive puns and non sequiturs.

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PopMatters - 50
Based on rating 5/10
50

There’s something unsettling about Brooklyn punk act Gay for Johnny Depp. It’s not the band’s name. It’s not the band’s sound, a swarming, cathartic blast of well-honed hardcore-esque punk. It’s not the band’s lyrical sloganeering or the oddball non sequiturs that pop up throughout the group’s Sex Vid Singles Club EP.

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