Stream: Gun Outfit, ‘Strange Insistence’

Gun Outfit (photo by Joanne Kim)

“Strange Insistence” explores the pleasures and punishment of drugs. The first single from Gun Outfit’s new album, “Out Of Range” (Nov. 10 on Paradise Of Bachelors), it declares the band’s full immersion in country music — or what they call “Western expanse music.” For them, country is a landscape and feeling, more so than a genre. Dylan Sharp describes their conceptual approach as “a kind of American neoclassicism, running through an enormous empty set piece of the historical frontier, the only stage on which our kind of puritanical decadence can successfully perform the irony of its existence, and thus salvage small chunks of high value scrap from the culture that now threatens the world with death.” Recorded during the span of the 2016 presidential election, it’s a bit dark on the frontier.

Engineered by Facundo Bermudez (Ty Segall, No Age) and mixed by Chris Cohen (Weyes Blood, Cass McCombs), the band on “Out Of Range” includes guitarists/singers Sharp and Carrie Keith, drummer and founding member Dan Swire (drums, percussion, guitar), Adam Payne (bass, guitar), and Henry Barnes (Man Is the Bastard, Amps for Christ) contributed guitar, dulcimer, bouzouki, fiddle parts, and homemade creations like “sibanjar” and “springocaster lap-slide.”

||| Stream: “Strange Insistence”

||| Live: Gun Outfit perform Sept. 23 at the Troubadour with Wand. Tickets. They also play Oct. 4 at the Echo with Sheer Mag. Tickets.

||| Previously: “Legends of My Own”