We have another record to announce, and it’s an aptly titled one for the final official PoB release of 2015: Dream All Over, by the great guitar band Gun Outfit, whom we’re thrilled to welcome to Paradise.
On their most refined and ruefully elegant album, Gun Outfit perfect their incandescent sonic signature: a dusky, canyon-cult blues fueled by melodic dual-guitar weaving and seductive male/female incantations at zero hour. It’s the nocturnal sound of desert-damaged L.A. burnout, a soured American surrealism in rock and roll creole: white line fever, paint fume flashbacks, a stranger wading out alone into the black surf.
Dream All Over navigates the dark side of the moon—the Hollywood Babylon L.A. of Kenneth Anger and David Lynch, Father Yod and Charlie Manson, muscle cars and drought—as reflected upon a pair of road-weary human hearts: “Out here on the West coast where the ocean eats the sun / We’ve known for a long time the end’s already come.”
Featuring Henry Barnes (Man Is the Bastard, Amps for Christ) on homemade sitars, it was engineered and co-produced by Facundo Bermudez (Ty Segall, No Age.) Although reared in the realm of hardcore punk aesthetics, these days Gun Outfit bears a greater sonic and songwriterly kinship to the likes of Lee Hazlewood or Blaze Foley than to anything released in the heyday of the SST label. More details here.
Will work for sleep. End of dream.
The deluxe LP, pressed on virgin vinyl, features a heavy-duty reverse board matte jacket, printed inner sleeve with full lyrics, and a download coupon; the CD is housed in a gatefold matte jacket. Pre-orders include an immediate 320k MP3 download of the first single, “Gotta Wanna,” which the good people at The Fader have premiered here, along with an interview with the band.
We anticipate shipping pre-orders at least a week in advance of the October 16 release date. All pre-order customers who place orders by October 2 will be entered into a drawing for a test pressing and a PoB t-shirt.
“‘Gotta Wanna,’ our first taste of the L.A.-via-Olympia outfit’s gorgeous new full-length, is a dusty outlaw anthem, featuring Carrie Keith and co-vocalist Dylan Sharp trading off narration over desert-hued guitar tangles. Listen close enough and you can almost hear the buzzing of neon bulbs in some low-lit Old Hollywood dive.”
– Patrick McDermott, The Fader
“Wonderfully evocative, channeling a line of road-worn blues that exudes Zen-like calm and collectedness. Sublimely textured guitars spin off one another into an ether of faded memory, next to skeletal patches of warm, crawling psychedelia. One of the most overlooked guitar bands going.” – Jenn Pelly, Pitchfork
“Dylan Sharp is starting to remind me more and more of Lee Hazlewood as both a singer and writer, and Carrie Keith’s voice has bent into something between Stevie Nicks and Courtney Love, rasping with beautiful, weatherbeaten soul.” – Doug Mosurock, Dusted