Glaswegian rockers GUN are about to return with seventh studio album ‘Favourite Pleasures’.
I must be honest I wasn’t wholly sure what to expect when I stuck it on, but it stands proudly alongside the very best of their work from the late 80s and early 90s like ‘Taking on the World’, ‘Gallus’ and ‘Swagger’.
Informed by a back-to-basics approach tempered by an innate sense for melody, the record was made in the band’s own Morse Code studios in Paisley.
It’s an album that dances on a knife-edge, one that can turn on a single note from the raw pain of emotions hitting the rocks, to an unbridled celebration of hedonism.
From the pile-driving opener ‘She Knows’ to the infectious, glam-stomping of ‘Here’s Where I Am’, this is the GUN you know and love.
But there’s a new GUN here too – ‘The Boy Who Fooled The World’, resplendent in naked honesty, is a little-seen look at another side of the band as they go back to a time of innocent ambition, hungry to break out and seize the world.
They don’t hold back.
This is an incredibly consistent record and is an easy record to get one with, although frontman Dante Gizzi is keen to stress it wasn’t as easy to make.
“We wanted to go back to our rockier roots and I think we’ve achieved that,” says Gizzi.
“GUN will always have tons of melody – over the years that’s been instilled in us and it’s what we love, and we love playing those songs live – but I think with this one, we’ve become tougher.
“The introduction of new guitarist Tommy Gentry has added so much more to the band and to the sound, and it’s a welcome change,” he says.
“This is the toughest album we’ve done in a while. It’s up there with ‘Swagger’ and ‘Taking On The World’.”
‘Favourite Pleasures’ is out September 15.