Self-described as ‘rock music for your cats’, Philadelphia’s Goddamnit like to play punkrock that borders on post-hardcore (or is it the other way round?) and do so with no less than three guitars. Honestly, you could debate for the longest time about whether this is punk or post-hardcore but instead, you’d be way better off simply enjoying the hell out of “How To Take The Burn”. These guys do a good job, lacing the songs with plenty of crunchy riffs, gritty vocals, pounding drums and catchy hooks. It’s a bit of a shame that the drums are so loud in the mix but hey, everyone has at least a couple of flaws, right?
Opener “Hear About It” gets you going right from the start and except for an acoustic track in the middle of the album (“It’s Not Astronomy”) and another one at the end (“With Whiskey”), Goddamnit bang out one rocking track after the other on their debut album that made me think of genre favorites such as Lifetime and Jawbreaker one minute and early Polar Bear Club the next. Not all of the songs on here are equally memorable but “Dead Sharks Teeth” and “Quiet Distractions” are just two example of a band getting it completely right.