Given the jump forward in the music scene which 2010 album ‘All Our Kings Are Dead‘ gave ‘Young Guns‘, you wonder how they could top themselves.
The latest album; ‘Bones‘ begins by pounding out an energetic intro from opening track ‘I Was Born, I Have Lived, I Will Surly Die‘, before the instruments are accompanied by Wood’s powerful voice and hard hitting drums. The song will keep your head nodding throughout and opens the album up well, showing the new aspects with which ‘Young Guns‘ are offering their fans.
It doesn’t stop at the first song though as the album keeps bringing different things out from the boys which are new for their already avid fans. Songs such as ‘Brother In Arms‘ and first single ‘Learn My Lesson‘ give us a sound not heard from the band before, they take on the Pop-Punk genre with their catchy hooking riffs, and will have you jumping around more than pumping your fist. It isn’t only the instruments which change slightly on this album though, the whole band throw in their vocals in tracks like ‘Dearly Departed‘ which go down a treat with the eardrums. Gustav Wood also extends his already passionate voice to it’s very limits, screaming out in ‘You Are Not‘. 2010 album ‘All Our Kings Are Dead‘ focused mainly on the lyrics of the songs rather than dragging in fans with just catchy riffs, but ‘Bones’ uses both of these elements and brings them together well.
The band consists of Gustav Wood – vocals, Ben Jolliffe – drums, Fraser Taylor – guitar, John Taylor – guitar and Simon Mitchell – bass. Together the band create a new version of Brit-Rock combining raw guitar riffs, rocking melodies and thought-provoking lyrics making ‘Young Guns‘ a unique band like no other.
The album ends as powerfully as it began with ‘Broadfields‘ which draws us in with an acoustic beginning and then slams in the other instruments and signs off the album with a bang.
‘Young Guns‘ have definitely found their sound on this album and have come a long way since their EP ‘Mirrors‘. This is an album which existing fans will enjoy and will entice other music goers to give it listen.