When a band tweets to its fans ahead of a gig, setting them with a challenge to see who can crowd surf the longest in order to get a bespoke t-shirt, you’d have thought that’d be asking for trouble. But not for Sound of Guns, who prove to their fans at their King Tut’s gig that they’re in fact the supreme champions of pumped-up, adrenaline rush mayhem. Sound of Guns must be a security guard’s worst nightmare...
Alternative rock Liverpudlians Sound of Guns start off with 'Sometimes', the first track from their album 'Angels and Enemies' and instantaneously crowd members begin to surf for their lives, with frontman Andrew Metcalfe in hot pursuit. Impressively enough, even being tussled in the air, there's not one bum note from Andrew, it's bloody effortless. The atmosphere is electrifying, the crowd’s all pumped up and ready to get fucked up.
'Sometimes' has a slow and chilling piano accompaniment at the beginning which then builds up with an electric guitar riff and drums. Andrew's levitating in the air and singing from the depths of his lung capacity “I was born here, and I’ll die here.” It's a metaphor in itself; he's a born frontman who lives to entertain his fans.
'Antarctica' is next and from the same album, it's a slow building melody which begins with the keyboard, and then explodes into drums, guitar, violin. The crowd is bursting with energy throughout this song, it's as if they've all been fitted with batteries. They also perform 'Lightspeed', a song from their debut album 'What Came from Fire'. The room is consumed with a slow paced, intense drum sequence and guitar riff, which Andy sings over initially with the immortal words "We’ve got nowhere else to go, the last card’s been turned over." The song is sad and poignant and intensifies into galloping drums into an explosive finale.
'Collisions', from the same album, is catchy, and has a slight feel of the Manic Street Preachers with a catchy marching beat, electric guitar strum and marching beat. 'Backs of Butterflies' is strong and profound - you can hear the angst in Andy’s voice. 'Whites of Your Eyes’ is another crowd pleaser, which has all instruments slap-bang into one song - maracas, drums and guitars. It's slow paced, and feels like a hair-tingling lament in places, with violins playing distantly in the background.
A bonus of the night is the crowd getting a first listen to Sound of Gun’s songs ‘Boneyard’ and ‘Lost’ which the crowd all erupt to, they simply can’t get enough of this band.
The question is – who won the bloody t-shirt...?
Words by Morven MacNeil
Photos by Euan Robertson