17th February | Louisiana
LA psych-shufflers, Gun Outfit, are playing The Louisiana as part of their European tour to promote their fifth album, Out of Range. With a smooth sound that would make Kurt Vile say, ‘yeh, man,’ and washy guitars that could have come straight out of Meat Puppets’ Up On The Sun, Gun Outfit seem poised to ride the slacker revival wave of the last few years. Their claim to be influenced by their surroundings, the dusty landscape of Southern California, may be responsible for the country twang keeping their sound fresh.
Gun Outfit are signed to Paradise of Bachelors, a record label that is gaining momentum with its artists on a spectrum of sophisticated country and crisp indie-psych – with Gun Outfit landing squarely in the middle. Boasting artists like The Weather Station and Michael Chapman on their books, Paradise of Bachelors are poised to become one of those Sub Pop-type indie labels that are more of an indicator of quality than any specific band on their roster. Following a recent advertising surge, the North Carolina label are making international in-roads, with a well-picked selection of intelligent, yet accessible alternative artists.
Citing Wallace Stevens and Samuel Beckett as influences (we know, but hear them out), Gun Outfit will, at best, bring you insight and wit over a laid-back groove; or at worst, just a smooth laid-back groove.
They’ll be supported by local band Snails, a dream-pop five-piece with pastoral 60s-psych sound in the vein of Vashti Bunyan or, more recently, Belle & Sebastian. With an album of beauties already released, their distinctly English folk styling should prove a good counterbalance to Gun Outfit’s unabashed Americana.
See the video for ‘Landscape Painter’ here: