History of Guns
|History of Guns|
|Genres||Industrial, dance, punk, goth, alternative rock, indie|
|Years active||1996 – current|
|Labels||Liquid Len Records/Line Out Records|
|Associated acts||The Meads Of Asphodel, Xykogen, SPUCKTUTE, Raelism, Blue Label|
|Past members||Gary Hughes, Stagger Lee, Fester Schuster, The Goose, Kevin Gerrish|
|Moog Prodigy. Kawai R50|
History of Guns are an English cross-genre group combining elements of industrial, punk, big beat, electronica, goth, edm, rock and avant-garde from Hertfordshire, England. The current members are Del Alien and Max Rael.
Their third album ACEDIA was released on 7 July 2008 on Line Out Records and was awarded 9/10 by Rock Sound on 3 July 2008.
A reaction against the relentless miserablism of Acedia, History Of Guns followed it up with The Spice Girls EP in April 2009. A light-hearted, three-song investigation into The Spice Girls, including the track "Slice Up Your Wife".
Their latest release was Whatever You Do, Don't Turn Up At Twelve, released on Zero State Media / Line Out Records on 21 October 2011.
- 1 History
- 2 Former/past member(s)
- 3 Discography
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Phase One: The Beginning (1996-1999) - aka The Stagger Years
History of Guns was formed in February 1996 as Pre-Hate Machine by Stagger Lee with Max Rael and Del Alien. Del Alien renamed the band 'History Of Guns' after a song he'd written about the Dunblane Massacre in mid 1996.
Their first demo Reformation Day was recorded in a day at Discipline Studios in Tottenham in July 1996.
In September 1996 Gary 'The Reverend' Hughes joined the band as a regular part-time collaborator.
In 1999 the band acquired a PC, and began recording with Cubase.
The first track recorded in this fashion was 'Random Death Bag' which appeared on the third installment of the No Holy Additive compilation CD from Godreah Zine, followed by the Little Miss Suicide EP which was released on the newly formed Liquid Len record label, and an unreleased demo album called 'Enough Is Too Much LP'.
Stagger Lee quit the band with the release of their first CD, Little Miss Suicide EP in 1999.
Phase Two: Liquid Len Records (2001 - 2006)
In 2001 Godreah zine contacted the band with a request for them to appear on the fourth and final installment of the No Holy Additive compilation CD. Del Alien and Max Rael recorded their first new material for two years, namely, Reconstructing Terror, Fact and Disconnect, they also completed two unfinished tracks left over from Enough Is Too Much sessions namely, 57 Days and Burn, which eventually got released as the Disconnect EP by the Liquid Len record label in 2002.
Kevin Gerrish joined the band briefly in 2002 during the writing and recording of The Mirror Pond LP. Weeks before its release History of Guns issued a press released saying that they'd been "consumed by business rhetoric" and were thus "downsizing the album into an EP". Although many of the remaining tracks remain unreleased, the track 'Psycho' was included as a bonus track on the second edition of the CD, and 'Sunday Lunchtime (A Family Portrait)' and 'Soaked' were included on the 2007 release 'Issue Six:Archive One - Make It Look Like An Accident'.
History of Guns released their debut album Flashes Of Light LP in 2004. A dense slab of atmospheric dark electronica devoid of any guitars, noted for its unusual structure of having two long opening songs, four short middle songs, then two long closing songs.
Recruiting a live band in 2004 History of Guns performed gigs around the south east of England as an edgy punk band, not performing any of the songs from their debut album. The last date was filmed and released on DVD as "Twenty Seven Paces".
Their second album APOPHENIA was released in November 2005. It was named after the medical condition of seeing patterns in seemingly random data, Apophenia. This time the album was structured in two distinct halves, and every track on the album written and performed in a different genre.
Responding to an interview with Dark Futures zine in which History of Guns said they worked very quickly, to which the interviewer replied "how did it take two years to make your new album then?" History of Guns announced a series of free limited edition bi-monthly CDs, starting with the March 2006 release UDDERS available via their website.
In April 2006 they played their debut at the infamous Whitby Gothic Weekend.
In November 2006 the band announced that they had signed to Line Out Records and would no longer be able to keep to their schedule of releasing a new EP every other month whilst they wrote and recorded their 3rd album to be titled ACEDIA.
Phase Three: Line Out Records (2007 -> )
History of Guns' third album ACEDIA was released on 7 July 2008 on Line Out Records. The album title came from the lyrics to Of Walking Abortion by Manic Street Preachers from their The Holy Bible album  The inside sleeve artwork features a copy of No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai. Downwithfreedom.com provided an animated music video for the track 'Exhaust Fumes' which appeared on YouTube in October 2008.
In July 2009 History Of Guns released a three track EP focussing on The Spice Girls, featuring Slice Up Your Wife which incorporated elements of the original Spice Girls song Spice Up Your Life described by The Dreaded Press as "a sub-three-minute slice of staggering satire and vengeful rage"
On Friday 21 October the band released their 4th full album, 'Whatever You Do, Don't Turn Up At Twelve'.
- Fester: Guitar (2004–2007)
- Stagger Lee: bass guitar (1996–1999)
- Kevin Gerrish: bass guitar (2002)
- Goose: bass guitar (on and off 2003-2006)
- Little Miss Suicide EP GUNCD01, 1999
- Disconnect EP LENCD04, 2002
- The Mirror Pond EP LENCD05, 2003
- Flashes Of Light LP LENCD08, 2004
- Apophenia LENCD11, 2006
- ACEDIA LINE10, 2008
- Whatever You Do, Don't Turn Up At Twelve ZSM003, 2011
- Half Light (2015)
- Eschatology (TBA)
Free Release Series
- Flashes Of Light Part One LENCD07FOC, December 2003
- Whitby October 2004 Promo LENCD09FOC, October 2004
- Apospemia - A Collection Of B-sides LENCD10, 2005
- Issue One - UDDERS Free CD EP, March 2006
- Issue Two - ELECTRICITY IS THE ANSWER Free CD EP, May 2006
- Issue Three - POKER FACE Free CD EP, July 2006
- Issue Four - Whitby October 2006 Promo Free CD EP, October 2006
- Issue Five - All The Natural Beauty Of A Golf Course Free CD EP, April 2007
- Issue Six - Make It Look Like An Accident : ARCHIVE ONE Free CD EP, October 2007
- Empty Eyes (single mix)/Killing Myself Until I Die (excerpt) Free CD single, April 2008
- Empty Eyes / ...But I'll Be Waiting Free CD/download single, August 2008
- It's Easy (To Go Blind) *alternate version* / Exhaust Fumes *remix* Free CD/download single, October 2008
- The Spice Girls EP Free CD/download EP, April 2009
- Vol2Iss1: Never More Alive Than on the Eve of Death Free download, ZSM012, July 2012
- Vol2Iss2: Guns At Dawn Free download, ZSM018, April 2013
- Twenty Seven Paces LENDVD1 2005
- Contains no Holy Additives Vol.2, Godreah Records, 1999
- Contains no Holy Additives Vol.3, Godreah Records, 2000
- Contains no Holy Additives Vol.4, FAFF03, Godreah Records, 2001
- Tribal Sin, 2001
- Daze Of The Underground, 2003
- DarkCell 01, 2003
- This Is Industrial Punk, 2005
- Line Out & Chums Vol. 1, 2006
- Lined Up vol. 1, 2007
- This Is Industrial Punk Vol.2, 2010
(as Remixing artists)
- Fish (ex-Marillion) - 3 History of Guns remixes included on the Fellini Days Companion CD, 2001
- Jo McCafferty - Vanessa - Raelism Remix 2002 (unreleased)
- Xykogen - Mutate And Survive - History of Guns Remix 2006
- Psychophile - All In The Mind - History of Guns Remix 2006
- Reincarnation Fish - Homeless Samurai - History of Guns, The Farmers Have Won Mix 2007
- Xykogen - Terminology - History of Guns Remix 2007
(as artists being Remixed)
- LMS - Track Little Miss Suicide Remixed by Gary Hughes 2001
- Spoonburn - Track Moonburn remixed by Daniel Vincent (of Karma Pilot) 2004
- Blown Out - Track Blown remixed by The Resonance Association vs History of Guns 2007
- "Goth In Asia Interviews History of Guns". gothinasia(2005). Retrieved 2007-05-28.
-  Line Out Records
-  Mick Mercer's Top 30 Goth Singles Of All Time
- "Athletico Gazette defeat Real Gothic in a Whitby classic", Whitby Gazette, 2008-05-01Whitby Gazette
- "History Of Guns – homepage". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- Pustianaz, Maurizio (2008-08-16), "Chain D.L.K. presents an interview with: History of Guns", Chain D.L.K., retrieved 2008-08-19
- Mercer, Mick (2008-07-31), "Britain's Most Imaginative Band?" (PDF), The Mick, no. 44, p. 53, archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-01-17, retrieved 2008-08-19
- Harris, Duncan (2009-07-14), "Single review: History of Guns – When You Don't Matter / Slice Up Your Wife", The Dreaded Press, no. July 2009, retrieved 2010-04-19