EP Review: Sons Between Guns – Red 1

There’s quite a buzz about Sons Between Guns, and when we say buzz, we don’t necessarily just mean the seething synthesiser patterns that weave their way through their debut release the Red 1 EP.

In November alone the lo-fi electronic duo have had AirPlay on the BBC 6 music’s prestigious Lauren Laverne show, and the EP in question was to be found on the front page of ITunes’ new music listings.

This attention is well deserved as Red 1 has a profoundly well polished and mature tone, striking us as a more electrolysis driven Sigor Ros, but accompanied by intricate lyrics that contain a divine sadness- that we can actually decipher.

Sons Between Guns, named after the idiom of illegitimate children conceived In-between the cannons of seafaring galleons, is the meeting of Paul Trivett (an experienced Drum and Bass producer) and Thomas Whitelaw, (a previous theatrical vocalist). This cross-genre basis struck us as curious at first, but having heard the result of this melting pot of styles they have made it work, and work beautifully. Tom’s wistful vocal tone and use of harmony glides across the dark yet cleanly executed beats from Paul.

The EP combines a lot of rough and smooth, slick drums and sawing synths, as the quintessentially contemporary lyrics lift the listener out of the darkness, offering solace by asking “how do you mind being afraid with me?” Sons Between Guns have created a superior and totally professional sound already, and are establishing themselves as two individuals that can deliver tracks of a standard we rarely hear from bands who have been making music for many years. Not bad taking into account they have only been together for two! Red 1 deserves all the praise it has received so far- its just left us looking forward to hearing what Red 2 may have to offer.

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