Young Guns (band)

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This article is about the British band. For American rap duo, see Young Gunz.
Young Guns
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Background information
Origin High Wycombe/London, England
Genres Rock[1]
Years active 2009 – present
Labels Live Forever, Wind-Up, PIAS
Members Gustav Wood
Fraser Taylor
John Taylor
Simon Mitchell
Ben Jolliffe
Past members Joseph Winter
Tom Ford
Alex Greenhill
Pete Little

Young Guns are an English rock band from Buckinghamshire and London. On 22 June 2009 they released their debut EP Mirrors, and their debut album All Our Kings Are Dead was released a year later on 12 July 2010. Their second album, Bones, was released in February 2012. Their single "Bones" reached no. 1 on the Billboard Active Rock charts in May 2013.


Mirrors EP and All Our Kings Are Dead (2009–2011)[edit]

The band released their EP Mirrors, which included songs such as "Weight of the World" and "Daughter of the Sea" on 22 June 2009, and started touring in July 2009, and opening for Lostprophets in August 2009.[2]

Young Guns decided to move onto their first album, All Our Kings Are Dead, under their own label called Live Forever. This was released on 12 July 2010 and peaked at No. 43 in the UK Albums Chart,[3] and No. 3 in both the UK Rock and Indie album charts. The album featured the singles, "Winter Kiss", "Sons of Apathy", "Crystal Clear", "Stitches" and "Weight of the World", all featuring their own music videos as well.

During the summer, the band played at some of the UK's largest festivals, including Download Festival and opening the main stage of Reading Festival.[4] This was preceded by a European Tour supporting Danko Jones and their own UK Tour [5] (supported by The Swellers and Japanese Voyeurs). Starting on the 15 February Young Guns supported All Time Low with Yellowcard on another European Tour which ended up in the UK, visiting venues such as The O2 Academy in Brixton.[6] On 10 July 2011 the album was re-released as All Our Kings Are Dead: Gold Edition, featuring the original album as well as a bonus DVD containing 3 acoustic sessions, 3 live videos, a documentary and the music videos for all 5 singles.

Bones (2012–2013)[edit]

The band started recording their new album at Karma Sound Studios in Thailand[7] with producer Dan Weller, former guitarist of the metal band SikTh, around July 2011, and posted studio blogs in YouTube during recording. Then they released their debut single from their second record on 13 October 2011. it is entitled "Learn My Lesson". It premiered on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show and was made available for iTunes soon after.[8] They were soon featured in some popular rock magazines like Rock Sound and Kerrang!.

On 9 November 2011, Young Guns announced the name of their second album, Bones and that it would be released on 6 February 2012.[2] They also simultaneously announced that they would be visiting a small number of small venues around the UK before tour supporting Enter Shikari, starting in their hometown.[9] This would be known as the Bare Bones Club Tour. It was announced the next day that the UK band Polar. would be the opening act for all of the UK dates of the "Bare Bones Club Tour".[10] In December 2011, they released a montage video of Brothers In Arms, one of the songs from their second album, which was only available to the people who pre-ordered the album. On December 31, 2011, it was posted on their official YouTube channel. Then they started shooting their second music video, Bones, while it was premiered on Daniel P Carter's Rock show on Radio 1 January 2, 2012. The official video was posted on January 12, 2012. The official single was released on 20 February 2012.[10] The album was released on February 6, 2012 (February 4, 2012 if pre-order from their website[11] following Bones, the song Dearly Departed was released as the album's third single and was backed by the band's cover of Fake Plastic Trees (originally by Radiohead). Towers (On My Way) is the album's fourth single.

Bones was released in the US on 4 September 2012.[12] Young Guns spent the week in NYC and played at the Apple Store in SOHO, as well as held a live Q&A with fans via UStream.[13] MySpaceMusic also streamed the album, in its entirety, the week of release.[13] A music video was released for "You Are Not" on 22 October 2012. The title song 'Bones' would then be chosen as one of the main theme songs for WWE's 29th annual Wrestlemania event, WrestleMania 29, on 7 April 2013. At the 20th annual Kerrang! Awards in June 2013, Young guns received the relentless award.

During the first week of December 2013 the band, along with Asking Alexandria, opened for Bullet For My Valentine during the Rule Britannia UK tour which came to Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Cardiff.

Third studio album (2014-present)[edit]

It was announced on 6 February 2014 that the band had recently signed to record label Virgin EMI, and that they will be flying to San Francisco to work on the follow up to Bones with producer Dan the Automator.[14] In April, it was announced that the band will be performing at the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festival.[15] On 7 August 2014, Young Guns' first single for their third album, "I Want Out" was played on BBC Radio 1 UK Zane Lowe's Hottest Record[16] and met with great response.[17] The single was described as progressing towards "danceable direction à la The Killers meets The Academy Is...". The band is expected to release the new album on early 2015.[18] The day after "I Want Out" released on the radio, the single was released on iTunes and Spotify[19] and become number one on iTunes rock chart.[20]

On 21 August the band released the official music video for "I Want Out".[21] The band are currently set as a support act for the Wembley Arena performance in London on 5 December supporting Bring Me the Horizon along with Issues and Sleepwave.[22]

Musical style and influences[edit]

The band has often been described as a general rock band that raised with the rest of the wave of other British rock bands, but have also been labeled as a melodic rock and hard rock band.[23][24][25][26]

Band members[edit]


Studio albums

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Young Guns supporting Lostprophets". Kerrang!. 
  3. ^ "Young Guns – new album peaking at the UK charts". Chartstats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Young Guns – Reading Festival". Roomthirteen. 
  5. ^ "Young Guns – UK Tour". PunkNews. 
  6. ^ "Young Guns – supporting All Time Low and Yellowcard". Rocklouder. 
  7. ^ "Young Guns – recording new album in Thailand". Bangsaraythailand. 
  8. ^ "Young Guns – Learn My Lesson single". Our Zone Mag. 
  9. ^ "Young Guns – UK tour dates". NME. 
  10. ^ a b "Young Guns – Polar supporting UK Tour". Dead Press. 
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  12. ^ "Wind-Up Records – Official Site". 
  13. ^ a b "Young Guns – Facebook". 
  14. ^ "MUSIC NEWS: Young Guns Sign With Virgin EMI". Bring The Noise UK. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "Reading & Leeds Festival 2014: AlunaGeorge, The Horrors Added To Full Line-Up". Entertainment Wise. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Zane Lowe, The Return Of Young Guns, Young Guns - I Want Out". BBC. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "I Want Out and Young Guns are trendings on Twitter". John Taylor. Twitter. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Young Guns - “I Want Out” song premiere". Cassie Whitt. Alternative Press. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Buy "I Want Out" on iTunes and Spotify". Official Young Guns Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  20. ^ ""I Want Out" become number one on iTunes rock chart". Official Young Guns Twitter. Twitter. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Young Guns get psychedelic in 'I Want Out' video". Rocksound. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  22. ^ Carter, Emily. "Bring Me The Horizon announce Wembley suports". Kerrang!. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Reid, Sean. "Album Review: Young Guns - All Our Kings Are Dead". Alter The Press. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  24. ^ Boy, Davey. "Young Guns Bones". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Yau, Alex. "Young Guns Bones". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  26. ^ "London-based prospects return with an energetic second album.". BBC. Retrieved 30 June 2014.