Gunship (band)

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Gunship
OriginUnited Kingdom
GenresSynthwave
Years active2014–present
LabelsHorsie in the Hedge
Associated actsFightstar
Websitegunshipmusic.com
MembersAlex Westaway
Dan Haigh
Alex Gingell

Gunship is a British synthwave band formed in 2014 by Dan Haigh and Alex Westaway and later joined by drummer Alex Gingell.[1]

History[edit]

After Alex Westaway and Dan Haigh's other musical act, Fightstar, went on hiatus in 2010, Westaway and Haigh decided to focus on other musical ventures, including forming Gunship. They are joined by their long-time collaborator and close friend, Alex Gingell. Their debut release, self-titled Gunship, was released in 2015 to positive reviews. Their follow up, Dark All Day, was released 5 October 2018.

In 2019 Gunship appeared in the documentary film The Rise of the Synths which explored the origins and growth of the Synthwave genre. Westaway, Haigh and Gingell appeared alongside various other composers from the scene, including John Carpenter who also starred in and narrated the film.

Equipment and gear[edit]

Gunship have a large collection of synthesizers including the Juno 106, DSI Prophet 12, DSI Prophet 6, MOOG Minimoog, MOOG Mother 32, and various Oberheim units.[2]

Collaborators[edit]

GUNSHIP[edit]

The first Gunship album featured collaborations with:[2]

Dark All Day[edit]

The second Gunship album featured collaborations with:

The Video Game Champion (single)[edit]

The single featured a collaboration with the guitarist *Thomas McRocklin

Members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with year released and chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions
UK
[4]
UK
Dance
UK
Indie
AUS
Digital

[5]
IRE
Indie

[6]
SCO
[7]
US
[8]
US
Dance

[9]
US
Heat

[10]
US
Indie

[11]
Gunship 2015 30[12] 40[13]
Dark All Day 2018 34 1[14] 6[15] 9 14 19 184 4 1 8

Collaborations and other releases

  • Collaborated with Metrik on the track "Electric Echo" (2016)
  • Remixed a track for Lionface's No Hope State (2017)[16]
  • Collaborated with Lazerhawk on the track "Feel the Rush Tonight" (2017)
  • Included the track "Vale of Shadows" on the album Rise of the Synths EP2 official companion album. (2017)
  • Released the single "Art3mis & Parzival" (2018)
  • Collaborated with Tim Cappello and Indiana for the single "Dark All Day" (2018), which features on their album of the same name.
  • Included the track "Cthulhu" on the album Fangoria Presents: Hollydoom (Original Magazine Soundtrack) (2019)[17]

Remixes[edit]

The following artists have remixed Gunship songs:

  • Carpenter Brut (Tech Noir)
  • Makeup and Vanity Set (Black Sun on the Horizon)
  • Miami Nights 1984 (Revel In Your Time)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metropolis Music Publishing announce the signing of Fightstar's Dan Haigh and Al Westaway's new synth wave project, GUNSHIP". www.recordoftheday.com. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. ^ a b Damme, Jean-Pierre Van. "GUNSHIP". Archived from the original on 20 October 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  3. ^ "GUNSHIP - Facebook". Facebook. 28 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Gunship". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  5. ^ "ARIA Digital Albums Chart" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ "IRMA – Irish Recorded Music Association". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 16 October 2018. Click "Independent," set the year as "2018" and date as "12-Oct-18."
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. 12–18 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  9. ^ "EDM Music & Dance Albums Chart". Billboard. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart". Billboard. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. 31 July – 6 August 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. 31 July – 6 August 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. 12–18 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. 12–18 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  16. ^ "GUNSHIP's Remix of Lionface's "No Hope State" is Dreamy '80s Synthwave (Premiere)". Nerdist. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Cthulhu, by Gunship feat. Corin Hardy". Lakeshorerecords.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 27 June 2020.