Label: Distiller Records - DTLBM005 • Format: CD Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Sound of Guns were an English alternative rock band from LiverpoolEngland, who were formed in In early the band announced a full UK and European tour to coincide with the release of their second album. In Octoberthe band announced that they were to go on an indefinite hiatus. After Andrew Metcalfe and Simon Finley's band split up in the summer ofthe pair set up a small studio in a disused social club in Liverpool and spent the next few months writing and recording some new material.
At the end Lightspeed - Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire they were introduced to Nathan Crowley, whose previous band had recently ended too. By the start ofthe three had begun writing and recording songs together, some of which would eventually end up on Sound of Gun's debut album 'What Came From Fire'.
Wanted - Cranberries* - Live Zombie USA 94 need of other musicians to complete the line-up, Crowley played the new recordings for Lee Glynn, a guitarist with whom he had played previously.
Glynn had made plans to return home to his family in Perth, Western Australiabut on hearing the recordings, decided to stay and join Sound of Guns on guitar. After a few months of writing and rehearsing as a four piece, the band booked their first shows. After several unsuccessful auditions for a bass player, they decided to go ahead with the shows, and have the bass parts recorded to a backing track until they found the right bass player.
It was at their first hometown show at the Barfly in Liverpool that the Sound of Guns line-up was completed. John Coley, a friend of Nathan Crowley, was in the crowd that night, and was so impressed with the raw energy and powerful performance from Sound of Guns that he joined the band there and then. Over the next few months, the band gigged endlessly around the country and carried on recording new material as a five piece. By the end of they self-released their debut single "Alcatraz", which was recorded and produced by the band, and gained a fair amount of major radio airplay, including on XFM and Radio 1.
After more writing and touring, the band soon found themselves at the centre of some serious interest from major and independent record companies. During this time, Distiller Records Lightspeed - Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire to release their next single. The band took up this offer, and "Architects" was released in June as a limited edition 7" vinyl, again gaining radio airplay. The band then headed out on tour in support of this release, and played numerous shows which included four gigs at Glastonbury Festivalopening the main stage at Latitude Festival and Conquest Of Paradise - Dana Winner - Unforgettable Too (SACD, Album) Radio 1's Big Weekend.
After signing a record contract with Distiller Records the band set about writing towards their debut release. It was available on a 7" gatefold single, which included a CD, the band's own fanzine Retail Rodeo and digital download. During a UK tour in March Sound of Guns found themselves surrounded by armed police in Wakefield after a mix up involving the band's name led to the group being mistaken for gangsters, as reported by NME.
After touring in support of the Elementary of Cryin Shame - The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band* - How I Go EP, the band headed into the studio to Lightspeed - Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire their debut album. However, instead of using a commercial studio, the band opted to build their own studio using the advance from their record contract, and spent the end of recording their debut album, producing it themselves.
It was preceded by two more single releases, "Alcatraz" in April and "Architects" in June Both were new versions of the songs and were not limited editions this time round. The album was short listed for the 'XFM new music award'  in and highlighted as one of the albums of the year. In late the band announced they would release the "Breakwater"  single and accompanying EP via the My Thoughts - Mutombo Da Poet* - Photosentences website.
In support of this they also announced a UK tour with The View. The EP Was released in In early the band started writing new material for their follow-up to What Came From Fireand headed into the studio with record producer Dave Eringa Manic Street PreachersOcean Colour SceneIdlewild to record material for the album.
The first single to be released from the album was "Silicon", released as part of an EP which included tracks that never made it onto the album, rare demos and acoustic tracks from Lightspeed - Sound Of Guns - What Came From Fire Came From Fire.
Also as part of the EP the band teamed up with Pledge to offer exclusive one-off and VIP experiences, limited edition t-shirts, hand written lyric sheets and jam in rehearsals with band.
All exclusive pledgers were given a free download of all of the tracks on the EP. Angels and Enemies was released to critical acclaim.
FMV Magazine ' s Dan Jenko described the record as "an excellent return for Sound of Guns: one that not only gives their die-hard fans the crowd-pleasing anthems they wanted, but also provides another stepping stone as they attempt to break into the mainstream fold".
The iTunes bonus track "Violets"  was a fan favourite, yet was only played once at the band's final gig at Whitehaven Civic Hall on 11 October From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 14 August Retrieved 29 August Clink Music Magazine. Retrieved 19 December This article's use of external links may not follow Wikipedia's policies or guidelines.
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