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GUN

BREAKING THE SILENCE

2012

 

 

 

GUN back in the day was a great band, responsible for rock classics like (my favourite) ‘Steal Your Fire’; ‘Stand in Line’ and great rocked out covers like ‘Word Up’ (originally by Cameo of course)…

 

 

Cool band, and now with Dante Gizzi replacing ex-Little Angels’ front man Toby Jepson this was always going to be interesting.

 

 

On first listen I have to say I’m very impressed, from the cutting pop rock of ‘Butcher Man’ and stabbing rock of ’14 Stations’ this just sounds so fresh and exciting and we’ve only just begun…

 

 

‘Lost and Found’ has an almost retro punk sound to it before exploding into a great catchy chorus replete with handclaps. This is quality song-writing that at this point is pretty genre-defying. Good time Rock and Roll with pop sensibilities anyone?  

 

 

‘Caught in the Middle’ starts out like one of my favourite Hoodoo Gurus songs and bursts into flame, this is stunningly good modern rock and it’s immediately trumped by the title track that follows. I’m starting to suspect that someone sold their soul for these choruses.

 

 

Listening to this it’s almost as if all of those things that piss you off and all the things you love about modern British Rock bands have been fed into a giant machine and all the shit (mainly the self indulgence and prog leanings) has been washed aside.

 

 

‘How Many Roads’ is simply sublime.

 

 

‘No Substitute’ has an almost Tom Petty with more balls vibe to it.

 

 

‘Bad Things’ is all that power pop-rock can and should be, that somehow synthesizes everything from classic late sixties rock to 90’s Britpop and makes sense of it.

 

 

Closing out the album ‘Innocent Thieves’ drifts and soars; while ‘Last Train’ seems to channel Husker Du, Petty, and all the great American pop-garage-punk of the seventies and eighties.

 

 

Nothing had prepared me for this.

 

 

This IS one of the albums of the year undoubtedly.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins