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Gun Shys, The: EP

The Gun Shys are one part Gigolo Aunts and one part Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. This is straight ahead jangle-guitar rock. The guitars riff, the bass counter-balances the vocals, and the drumming propels the songs. The EP by The Gun Shys is six songs, covering just over 18 minutes. There really isn't much depth to the music, but you can hear Third Eye Blind and Smithereens influences. "Two Cent Facts" has early Dramama bass lines running through it.

Kyle Krone is the lead guitarist and singer whose vocals have an 80s new wave feel to them. Cliff Magreta plays a solid grooving bass (and percussion). Alex Kweskin (drums and keys) never really wonders far from standard-four rock.

For an EP, The Gun Shys accomplish what they set out to do, introduce themselves to the listening world. I can see people attending their live show picking this up. Otherwise most should wait for a full length recording. This is a band with promise that needs to explore their songwriting craft a little more. "Easy On The Eyes" shows promise, but needs some fleshing out. "Vaporize" has raw power, but never really grows to the pinnacle you expect. If I could, I'd rate EP as an incomplete, but instead I have to give it some rating, so I'll go down the middle.

Track Listing

The Usual Unusuals 2:56
Madley In Action 2:49
Easy On The Eyes 2:55
Two Cent Facts 3:27
Vaporize 3:14
The Blowout 3:11

Added: May 4th 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: The Gun Shys
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Language: english

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