Release Date: Oct 16, 2015
Record label: Paradise of Bachelors
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
What Gun Outfit do sounds secret and borderline ineffable. Like many bands to come out of Olympia since the '80s, they understand their place in rock history: their four LPs bear the mark of musicologists who know their "Bad Moon Rising" from their Bad Moon Rising, their "Kool Thing" from their "2 Kool 2 B 4-Gotten", their "Some Velvet Morning" from their Some Velvet Sidewalk. Levitating hooks and an emotional heaviness co-exist in their impressionistic songs, like the light-and-dark glow of a perpetual magic hour.
A relocation to Los Angeles from their lush Pacific Northwest home has done wonders for Olympia-bred quartet Gun Outfit, whose fourth album, Dream All Over, is the band's most subtle and evolved effort to date. Their gradual transformation from skuzzy, SST-inspired post-punk to astral, desert highway blues has played out over three fine releases on Dean Allen Spunt's (No Age) Post Present Medium label, with 2012's Hard Coming Down paving the way for this enchanted set. Dylan Sharpe and Carrie Keith have been at Gun Outfit's helm since the band's 2007 origin and, until now, they've generally operated as a trio with drummer Reuben Storey propping up their strange, dueling guitars.
The woozy beach party vibe of “Gotta Wanna”, the opening track from Los Angeles duo Gun Outfit’s Dream All Over, promises Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello with its closing proclamation of, “It’s body moving time”. Singers Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith opt instead to invite Darwin, Hegel and Heraclitus to their blanket bingo. Relocating from the punk haven of Spokane, Washington prior to the release of 2013’s Hard Coming Down, Gun Outfit is now fully integrated into the fabric of LA, yet hold the gilded promise of Hollywood at arm’s length.