Get Your Gun

The Worrying Kind

Written by: BV on 19/04/2014 17:09:22

Get Your Gun was formed back in 2008 by Andreas Westmark (guitar/vocals), Simon Westmark (drums) and Søren Nørgaard (Bass). Their sound can best be described as gloomy, almost immensely melancholic rock driven by a heavy rhythm section and occasionally wailing, mostly just crunchy guitar parts and the ‘wailing’, albeit aggressive at times, vocal work.

If anything, the ominous “Black Book” can be described as one of the most fitting opening tracks I’ve heard in a while. From the groove of the guitar over the aggressive chorus emphasized by the gnarly vocals in particular, “Black Book” intrigues, entices and promotes further listening. Not in the sense that it isn’t a great standalone track – because it is. No, it is actually more in the sense that “Black Book” rings with such overwhelming confidence that the listener seemingly has no choice but to follow the melancholic, foreboding and dark musical path that has just been laid before them – preferably to the end, as the album seemingly works best as a coherent listening experience.

The ominous moods linger on throughout the album, especially on the quite noteworthy title track wherein Andreas Westmark sings; ”I used to talk so loud/So I could hide my doubt/I think I realized/That I’m the worrying kind”. The accompanying soundscape is so befitting of the lyrics that the mood presses on to me, as a listener, heavily affecting my mood throughout the duration of the album – sucking me in, as it is – effectively making me neglect the sunny weather outside in favor of this melancholic journey through a western-reminiscent soundscape crafted in the northern part of Jutland.

Get Your Gun’s strengths are, quite obviously, found in the dynamics of the quiet/loud/quiet formula that has been overused to such an extent that it hardly seems interesting anymore. Yet, somehow Get Your Gun embrace this overtly clichéd approach to songwriting and makes it their own – effectively wiping the board clean, whilst making it abundantly clear that this, this subtle, yet ominously abrupt dynamic change is the proper way to do it, and the only one matching the grandiose, yet gloomy sounds of this particular trio.

Ending at just about the 39 minute point, the album never quite reaches the point wherein most listeners would abandon an album these days. The long tracks might be a deterrent for some listeners, but in general this album is such a well-crafted experience that I’d hardly recommend any one track over another. It’s one of those albums where there are obvious highlights like “Black Book”, “The Worrying Kind” or “Call Me Rage”, yet somehow the whole thing comes off as magnificently more powerful as a single unit as one track smoothly progresses into the next. “The Worrying Kind” is a strong debut indeed and I am already looking forward to experiencing how the band will handle the pressure of following up on it.


Download: Black Book, The Worrying Kind, Call Me Rage, Tender Lies
For The Fans Of: Kellermensch, Deep Winter, Wrong Side of Vegas

Release date 11.04.2014
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