Dead And Gone

God Loves Everyone But You

Dead And Gone - God Loves Everyone But You ©1997 Alternative Tentacles
1. Trainwreck
2. Blackout
3. Violets
4. Vertigo
5. Mary King's Close
6. North Of The Unlocked Scar
7. Kiyomoto
8. The Chemist
9. Cellophane
10. Flashing Lights
11. Phantom Limp

Without liner notes, band info, or even recording credits, Dead And Gone had dissolved as mysteriously as they emerged. Once upon a time, in 1997, God Loves Everyone But You was described to me as cross between The Minutemen and Grief. A curious offspring to be sure, but it hardly does it justice. The rhythm section is tight, snappy, even jazzy (ie: The Minutemen) and the guitarist, when not sprinkling the songs with East Bay Ray-like ominous surf notes, will crash into the mix with powerchording that can only be described as colossal and devastating for the unprepared. Most, like "Blackout" and "Violets" are mid-paced and jagged, but the guys really let it fly 80s style on the double-timers "Cellophane" and "Flashing Lights". The songs are balanced and display a prodigious understanding on how to keep it interesting, intentional or not, it suggests they were really paying attention when they put this sucker together. But like the class valedictorian in a group of overachievers, it's vocalist Shane Baker who owns the show, his vivid words spilling forth venomously, coloring each track with more imagination and character than you'll find in the entire Crowbar catalogue. There's whispering, moaning, talking, and outright screaming ("Breakdown! Breakdown!" is pure Mike Williams), all of it untreated and exhausting. The lyrics are like little unfiltered fragments of an active imagination, although too vague to discern any allegorical parallels. A number appear to be about drug abuse and radiation sickness; "Trainwreck" portrays a clairvoyent observing trainwrecks and tragedy without actually being there, "Vertigo" details a man who has burned to death and implies his afterlife is irrelevant - that his life will be remembered regardless given the sensationalist nature of his death ("tragedy is its own reward"). Strangest of all, "Phantom Limb" talks of disembodied appendages and some freakishly deformed guy who has "a sneaking habit". That Dead and Gone did extensive roadwork with the likes of Today Is The Day and Eyehategod isn't surprising, much like the aforementioned, the sounds of God Loves Everyone But You are purely anti-social, and it's a shame they didn't hang around longer.

Review by Lee Steadham

Review date: 08/1999

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