Last year my friends in Gunner’s Daughter released the hard-charging Trust Us When We Tell You EP and I totally didn’t write about it. I don’t feel bad about it (okay, maybe I do) but I didn’t write about a lot of music in 2011. Trust me when I tell you (see what I did there) I’m going to get to more of the really good stuff (like this) shortly.
So the EP is available for FREE via Death To False Hope Records so go download it now, then read…
You just downloaded this, right? Great, let’s continue.
Okay, what you’ve got in your downloads folder is four songs of great hardcore-influenced mid-tempo punk-rock. It’s a little less 88 Fingers Louie than their New Skeletons EP from a few years ago (also available for FREE from DTFH) but the band has also gone through a number of different members since then so it really isn’t surprising that the band’s sound has changed a bit. It is (however) a change for the better.
The vocals are gruff, the guitars are melodic, and the songs are catchy. What more could you ask for? There are breakdowns and gang vocals but neither is overused or cliched. Every note of Trust Us When We Tell You is dripping with passion and earnest sincerity. You can hear it. You can feel it. These are fucking anthems for those of us who’ve spent too many cold Chicago nights drinking PBR in dimly-lit bars while our friends pour out their hearts and bare their souls for a few dozen (or less) people.
With Trust Us When We Tell You Gunner’s Daughter delivers a serious punch to the gut, but a punch that will have you fist-pumping along with your attacker. Sure, the band’s influences are easy to figure out, but there’s no way anyone can (or should) dismiss this because of that. I can’t wait to hear a full-length from Chris, Blake and whoever they round up. So, if you like bands like Samiam, Red City Radio, Hot Water Music, Spanish Gamble and the like, do yourself a favor and download this.