Exposé Online banner

Six Gun Lullaby — Six Gun Lullaby
(Philistine Records FTP002, 2007, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2008-01-01

Six Gun Lullaby Cover art

I’m the last person who would insist on bands adhering to standard instrumentation, but when I listen to this one, I hear a sound that’s tinny and kind of wimpy – and wimpy is the last thing they want to be. It’s abrasive punkish rock, but much of the time the lack of a bass instrument sucks the impact right out of the music. You can do a lot with two guitarists (both of them singing) and a drummer, but smacking the listener in the chest really isn’t one of them. In their bio, they tout this low end emptiness as a deliberate artistic choice that is key to their vision, but it is in fact their chief flaw. The Doors never had a bassist, but they had the good sense to either hire a sideman or toss in a keyboard bass. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs can sort of make it work by concentrating a charismatic singer and compelling songs (though I think they’d be better off with a bass as well); with neither of those virtues to tip the balance, Six Gun Lullaby is left lacking. The male-female vocal interplay seems reminiscent of Exene and John Doe of X, though far from copycat, and the quality of the singing ranges from effective to annoying. There are moments of good songwriting but nothing that brings me back to listen again. Still, I’ll give them props for making this kind of music in Nashville.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Six Gun Lullaby

More info
http://sixgunlullaby.bandcamp.com/album/smash-your-records

Latest news

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Five-O-One AM - 21st Century Dream – Somewhere between Marillion (Season's End) and the SI label bands Lies Five-O-One AM. That is, song oriented pop with elements of prog. Combine that with WMMS's reputation and Five-O-One AM...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues