After a year spent performing at rowdy live shows and writing a bunch of killer new tunes, Melbourne four piece Gunslingers are back with their blistering debut LP, DJANGUS.
Like California punks Wavves and Weezer before them, Gunslingers specialise in giving 60s bubblegum melodies the rock’n’roll treatment, adding explosive choruses and layer upon layer of fuzz. The band has refined its sound since releasing previous EPs My First Trip to Mexico and Radiation in the Sky, which were brimming with rambunctious Spaghetti Western jams and dark Americana. DJANGUS still contains a hint of the Wild West, but Gunslingers have moved on from their psychobilly origins towards punchy surf rock melodies and pop punk charm.
As a group of energetic young shredders, Gunslingers’ plaintive honesty will take some people by surprise. “I’ve got love in my veins and I want you to know it,” vocalist Tom Lutrov cries out halfway through the record. His lines are direct and from the heart, like most tracks on DJANGUS. Beneath the fun and the squall, the album is brimming with urgent love songs - from the Ramones-style pop of ‘Black Hole Eyes’ to ‘Megatsunami’s cascading drum rolls and crashing guitars.
Recorded by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard producer Paul Maybury and mastered by whizz kid Andrei Eremin, DJANGUS has already received enthusiastic support from the likes of Rolling Stone, Tone Deaf and Melbourne’s RRR, which featured the Gunslingers on its Class of 2014 mix-tape. Singles ‘Paradox’, ‘I’ll Always Be Waiting’ and ‘Interstellar’ have had some serious spins on Triple J Unearthed, as well as praise from Home & Hosed honcho Dom
DJANGUS will be available from iTunes and Bandcamp on April 10 and the band will launch the new album on their upcoming East Coast tour, with dates to be announced soon.