"Formerly a noisy backyard grunge two-piece, Running Guns (now five-piece) ensemble always struck me as well-spoken, well-travelled, 60s-cherishing kids who live on a diet of chai and rollies, enjoy Alexandre Dumas, mod Brits and the trendy New Farm Coles. As the band expands a common thread binds their collector-item discography: vibrant wailing guitars, enviable vocal dynamics, punk energy and Michael Fletcher. 12 & 35 begins with (presumably) an ode to fellow Brisbane band Sulphur Lights: riffs boom together as church-like keys and schizophrenic tambourine try to keep up with Fletcher’s plea. In The Red Jack, horns blow, keys lead into imaginary mazes and male voices choir harmoniously with enough pa-pa-ra-pas to counter the rage one must righteously feel towards Jack. Taking a shift in direction, jazz-pop Roisin French speaks loosely of secrecy, petticoats and galleries with stunning storytelling ability. The Count; The Beat is possibly the most reminiscent of the Guns’ early sound – the droning sound of cymbal-flooded drums and distortion pedals blend with Fletcher’s purposefully moronic rasp. A soulful doo-wop ballad drenches the end of the EP, proving that Running Guns can shoot in practically any direction and hit with character." Alice Rezende, Rave Magazine, 2010.
released September 26, 2010
Jeremy on Drums. Lauren on Keys and Piano. Michael, Julien, and James on Guitars.
Trumpets by Luke McCallum. French by Eileen and William Siboulet.
Recorded at Incremental Studios by Cameron Smith.
Additional recording at Plastic Sunshine Studios by Joshua Byrd.