“We played with The Pigeon Detectives and we thought, ‘This is the biggest thing in the world!’ We were so naive.” From their early days spent cutting their teeth in indie bands to recent years spent igniting the country’s rock scene, the duo comprised of Thom Edwards and Ash Weaver have their fair share of stories to tell, the latest arriving in the form of second God Damn album ‘Everything Ever’.
“I bet it’s a bit of a shock,” Thom chuckles of the release. “This one is completely different.” For anyone familiar with God Damn’s extensive background, the record is indeed a departure. But coming from a band who’ve evolved as much as the Wolverhampton outfit have, that in itself is no surprise. Building from the foundations of the group’s ‘Heavy Money’ EP, debut album ‘Vultures’ was wholly new territory.
“It was a bleak time for us as a band,” Thom mulls of their first full-length. Working as a two-piece while a co-founding band member recovered from life threatening injuries, the resulting record encompasses its fair share of darkness. “We wanted to bring the party back into it a little bit,” he describes of their latest efforts.
Taking God Damn’s innate ferocity and reigning it in with a hook-driven mentality, ‘Everything Ever’ is a brand new direction for the outfit. “We wanted to do something completely different,” the frontman illustrates. “It kind of harks back to mine and Ash’s early days: we’re actually massive indie boys.” Taking as much influence from The Cribs as they do The Melvins, the duo fuse an unhindered honesty with an innate brutality.
“We’re not stylized, we don’t sell clothes, we’re not good looking, we’re not young anymore…” Thom says. “We’re two chubby boys, so we might as well be honest.” There’s no shortage of integrity in what God Damn create. Even when dealing with their darker side, they aren’t afraid to say it straight.
“We write some pretty nasty songs, we’ve always done that,” Thom states. One listen to the snarling refrains of ‘Dead To Me’ and it’s instantly clear that the duo have no qualms when it comes to addressing their darkness. “There’s not actually a hatred that I’m writing about. It’s more like questioning why do I have to carry these negative emotions. It’s venting.”
Unloading their troubles and cares onto record, God Damn are raring to carve out their mark on the world around them. “We just wanted to do something that was going to piss people off,” Thom shrugs of their early motivations. “We didn’t give a shit about what people thought.” Six years down the line, their attitude is similarly nonchalant.
“I’m proud that we’ve got this huge story already,” he expresses. “Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I stop and think, ‘Fuck, I should really grow up and do a job that cripples me and be desperately unhappy’.” Choosing instead to pursue their passions, the God Damn story shows no signs of slowing down. “We’re still on our journey, and we’re still enjoying it,” Thom grins. “We want to reach as many people as possible, and we want to play and get out there. I hope that it’ll make some people happy, and I hope it’ll piss some people off.”
God Damn’s album ‘Everything Ever’ is out 23rd September.