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Early Warning

The Gun Club

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While it doesn't supplant Fire of Love, The Gun Club’s canonical 1981 debut, Early Warning, is an equally thrilling experience of the band’s early years. It integrates three crucial settings: the studio, the club, and the home. From May 1981, the first five tracks on the first part come from the band’s initial visit to Program Studio in Los Angeles. The band was never more explosive than on “Preaching the Blues” and “Devil in the Woods,” which outrun all subsequent versions. The remainder of the first volume is taken from a live show in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1982. These recordings prove that a Gun Club performance wasn't witnessed by spectators as much as it was inflicted upon them. While these early tapes shed light on the band’s aggressiveness, the real prize is the second part, which captures Pierce alone at home, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Pierce long fancied himself a displaced bluesman. Not only do these recordings confirm his place in the deep blues pantheon; songs like “I’m on this Rocket” and “Waiting” make a case that he's the great unacknowledged rhythm guitarist of his generation.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Tribal psychobilly blues is the best way to describe the Gun Club's energetic death rock, but the band's career seemed doomed from the get-go due to leader Jeffrey Lee Pierce's reputation as an unreliable wildman, and well-publicized bouts of drunkenness dogged him throughout his career. Formed in Los Angeles in the early '80s, the band was vaguely aligned with similarly roots-inspired groups like X and the Blasters, but later picked up and relocated to the Lower East Side, resting more comfortably...
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