GUN’s seventh studio album, ‘Favourite Pleasures’ – out on September 15th – stands proudly alongside the very best of their work.
Informed by a back-to-basics approach tempered by an innate sense for melody, the record was made in the band’s own Morse Code studios in Paisley. It’s an album that dances on a knife-edge, one that can turn on a single note from the raw pain of emotions hitting the rocks, to an unbridled celebration of hedonism.
From the pile-driving opener ‘She Knows’ to the infectious, glam-stomping of ‘Here’s Where I Am’, this is the GUN you know and love.
But there’s a new GUN here too – ‘The Boy Who Fooled The World’, resplendent in naked honesty, is a little-seen look at another side of the band as they go back to a time of innocent ambition, hungry to break out and seize the world. They don’t hold back and neither will you.
“We wanted to go back to our rockier roots and I think we’ve achieved that,” says frontman Dante Gizzi. “GUN will always have tons of melody – over the years that’s been instilled in us and it’s what we love and we love playing those songs live – but I think with this one, we’ve become tougher. I’m also looking forward to playing Glasgow’s Barrowland, The Electric Ballroom in London and the Academy in Manchester – we have had great gigs at all these venues and it’s 2 years since we played the Barrowlands – a venue we were born to play“
And Dante is quick to offer credit where it’s due.
“The introduction of new guitarist Tommy Gentry has added so much more to the band and to the sound, and it’s a welcome change,” he says. “This is the toughest album we’ve done in a while. It’s up there with ‘Swagger’ and ‘Taking On The World’.”
“These songs mean so much to us and now that they’re ready, we can’t wait for people to hear them and see them live.” asserts Dante. “Of course, we’ll be playing the hits, but these songs stand up to those and then some.”
He’s not wrong. Across the album’s ten tracks are songs that encompass all that’s good and great about GUN – melodies, instantly memorable riffs, and an unabashed, unrestrained desire to rock out. These songs are truly their Favourite Pleasures – and soon they’ll be yours.
The first song out of the traps is the album’s title track, played exclusively on Planet Rock on June 12th. As told by Dante, with a glint of mischief in his eye. “The title was inspired by a friend of ours who was into S&M, big time, and it was a side of him that not many people knew about,” confides Dante. “He’d go on tour working with us, and whatever his weekly per diem was, it would be spent in a day on hookers and sex shows the moment we hit Amsterdam and Hamburg and all those places.”
Dante quickly adds: “Those were his favourite pleasures… mine are a lot different from that.”
Favourite Pleasures Track List:
Here’s Where I Am
Take Me Down
Without You In My Life
Go To Hell
The Boy Who Fooled The World
Catch GUN live:
17th Stone Free Festival, The O2, London
2nd Glasgow Barrowland (Headline Show)
8th Manchester Club Academy (Co-Headline with InMe)
9th London Electric Ballroom (Co-Headline with InMe)