Review #92: GUNSHIP – Gunship

Artist – GUNSHIP
Album – Gunship (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/03Rl4TjvJVdR2nBUupV7Wf

Gunship are a synthwave band from Northamptonshire, UK. The group consists of members Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway, Alex Gingell, Dan and Alex W also being members of the Charlie Simpson led band Fightstar. Gunship embrace everything 80s, from the pixel art and baywatch style music videos to the tron style album covers to their synth and shotgun snare filled music. The band state that “GUNSHIP is a neon soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analog synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984″. Now here is Gunships debut album of the same name ‘Gunship’.

To relate Gunship to anything more recent than the 80s, it sounds like a mixture of the band CHVRCHES and the soundtrack to the movie ‘Drive’, taking the more typical band/song approach that CHVRCHES have, but a far more atmospheric and true to the 80s sound, which Drive had. Instrumentally each track includes programmed drums with the infamous 80s high reverb shotgun snare, sustained bass synth playing single root notes, those shimmering arpeggiated synth melodies and a vocal delivery that sounds strained (but in a good way …) Each track is structured typically in the pop type, but often strays away and tries something new, harmonically usually, but also in structure. My favourite components of this album have to be how authentic it sounds and the sense of scale, it feel large and open in sound, largely due to its dynamic shifts and build up of instrumentation. Personal favourites have to be the tracks ‘Revel In Your Time’ and ‘Shadow Fury’.

Gunship is a fantastically original and authentic album, bringing a style that has been slightly forgotten about in the mainstream (other than a few instances) and doing something interesting with it.

7/10

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