|Gay For Johnny Depp - Swansea, Sin City - 12th August 2011|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Sunday, 21 August 2011 05:00|
As I enter the virtually deserted venue I'm checking my ticket to see if I've got the right day. Surely there will be more than 30 people out on a thoroughly miserable Friday night to catch the most edgy and controversial band to get spewed forth from the Big Apple?
Playing a brief yet brutal set this New York four piece challenge the music fan in every way possible with frontman Marty Leopard preferring to get amongst the audience. As the crash barrier caused him problems he caressed the heads of some males and put one or two in a headlock and even managed a full-on grapple with one unsuspecting punter but, with the music playing at ear shattering volume, Gay For Johnny Depp simply cannot be ignored.
Playing most of the new album, 'What Doesn't Kill You, Eventually Kills You', was something of little relevance - the music just increases the tension as the band batter the audience's senses with some brutal hardcore, short but oh so sweet stabs of musical mayhem. 'Pink Flag' was pounding whilst 'Suckcess' was brutal and, as the Testament-patched frontman yelped out the words to 'Nine Inch Males' and some choice but succinct quotes about landing in swan sea and the first dozen people he encounters either try to sell him junk or ask him for some smack, I'm not sure if he's excited by my city's underbelly or just disappointed one of them didn't recognise him.
Come the end of the frantic set the whole bizarre evening got taken to the next level with someone shouting out the name of Robbie Williams which sparked off an acapella, lighters in the air version of 'Angels' but, before I could clear my throat from the lumps of vomit, I was thankful that the band had sparked up a most brutal version of the anthemic 'Come On Feel The Boise' and then it was done. Way less than an hour's worth of brutal, confrontational hardcore ass kicking noise.
Ultimately a whole lot of fun and what a way to spend your Friday night, the highlight a blistering version of 'Fucking Isn't Cheating' . Live is definitely the best place to 'get' GFJD. Different, non conformist, extreme but a whole lot of fun!