The Gunflowers – ‘The Gunflowers EP’
The Gunflowers – Bath, England, United Kingdom
We are back in Bath with our favourite pretty rifles, The Gunflowers.
You may remember the band from a feature we did on them and their debut single from back in January of this year. If you can’t or you’re new to the band, you can find it HERE.
It’s now May and the band have just released their debut self-titled EP. Five tracks of witty, politically minded and frenzied Punk-Rock that I – along with fellow Musically Fresh writers AB and MM – can confirm from experience, sound incredible live.
‘Rotten Pills’ was the prelude to the band, released to introduce and tease us with their sound. It showed us a low-fi mixture of Punk, Grunge and Stoner Rock. However, things evolve and things change, so let’s see how this goes… The Gunflowers EP:
‘Jimmy Run’ lulls you into a false sense of security. You think to yourself, ‘ah, a slow-to-mid grunge number’. How wrong you are! In fact, Jimmy was so wrong he had to run for it. Fast, upbeat, gritty Punk-Rock to start.
‘Vote For UKIP and I’ll Piss In Your Bin’ is your witty political banger. With more of an Indie-Punk flare, the newer elements to the band’s sound are shown. Plus, it’s topical. If I’m honest, the song’s structure has a slight resemblance to the earlier material by The Clash. It’s a great positive to see the time-honoured traits creeping through.
George Thornton’s vocals suit the low-fi grab the band protrudes. Rock ‘n’ Roll tones over Indie guitars and a rumbling Punk bass and drums fill the room in ‘Melancholy Dog’; a mid-tempo number, but no less intense within the atmosphere it creates.
‘Serotonin’ was a surprise. Thornton’s vocals lose their flare, the aggression subsides briefly for a melancholic (it’s been hanging around with that bloody Dog from track three) Post-Punk jam, which will please many-a-fan of The Smiths, Joy Division and all that crowd.
Finally, ‘Mr Putin’ hits us with a swagger. The song’s content is obvious, so I shan’t bore you. Sonically, however, it’s a fast Punk-Rock song, buzz-saw distorted guitar work, low bass and spitfire Rock ‘n’ Roll vocals all caked up in the band’s signature low-fi grit. Finito.
The Gunflowers have captured the Punk-Rock spirit through a five-track release that simply isn’t “just another Punk release”. It was the EP debut I needed, wanted and expected from the hearing ‘Rotten Pills’ all those months ago. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. And that’s how I’m leaving things. Bye.
Find the band via the following:
– For their Facebook profile Click Here.
– Click Here for SoundCloud and unlimited streaming of the band’s music.
– Click Here to purchase the EP for £3 via bandcamp and also download ‘Rotten Pills’ for FREE.