Jesus Fucking Christ – Homophobia is Like Totally Gay

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/Label: Venn Records
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/jesusfckchrist
Released: Nov 3rd 2014

Band Line-Up:
Jesus Fucking Christ Jesus Fucking Christ

Remi Semshaug Langseth (Vocals/ Music/ Production)

Tracklisting:

1. Doomsday Device (intro)
2. Pope On A Rope (RELIGION III)
3. Imma Gonna Kick U In Da Face
4. Love You 2 Bits
5. Sometimes My Arms Bend Back

Review

Jesus Fucking Christ is basically a Norwegian guy, Remi Semshaug Langseth, performing and writing a set of tunes that have been brought together in the form of an EP – Homophobia is like totally gay. Whilst the “band” name is designed to certainly raise interest, the EP name kind of lets the music down a little, betraying a rather less serious side to the music IMHO.

The EP consists of 5 songs, one of which “Doomsday Device” is an instrumental. The music is actually quite difficult pigeon hole, this particular track sounding more like the soundtrack to a film. All the other tracks have a rather monotonous drum machine beat, which suits the music but could do with some more imaginative programming in places.

“Pope on a Rope” speeds things up and the addition of some suitable strained vocals is a nice juxtaposition to the rather sweet keyboard music underneath. The song is a condemnation of the church (Catholicism I guess) and its’ poor record with regards exploiting children. Midway through we get some guitar but no change of pace and while it is not unpleasant, it is a little one dimensional. That bloody drum machine has a lot to be blamed for….

“Imma Gonna Kick U in Da Face” is a little more guitar based but continues in much the same vein with guitar/bass driving a rather one dimensional sound along. Some strange keys in precede the chorus which is actually quite catchy in an unexpected way. The pace slows in the middle before resuming the chorus.

“Love You 2 Bits” is one of the more interesting track on the EP, starting with a bass drone and, you guessed it, the drum machine. At least on this track the patterns are more imaginative although still not a roll in site. The vocals on here are actually sung and all elements combine to paint a rather bleak picture, aided and abetted by dark lyrics “….Each time I open my mouth flies crawl out and gather at the hive in my ear”. Strange. While the track sounds quite light musically there is definitely an under current here that disturbs.

The last track is “Sometimes My Arms Bend Back” and this is possibly the best on the EP. It also starts with a bass drone and thumping bass drums. A slow, monotonous pace eventually gives way as an arpeggiated synth comes to the fore. More singing and interesting lyrics and a fine shouted chorus which makes the song sound like it has actually been constructed and considered rather than just put to the drum track. This is the only track that really sounds “finished” imho.

So, in summary, the EP is definitely worth a listen, there are some interesting ideas which need a bit of nurturing and maybe a real drummer to bring out the best in them. With a “real” band some of this stuff could actually sound pretty good in a live setting. A good start, worth keeping an eye out but don’t get too excited (yet).

Review by Graham Hilling
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