Gun Outfit
“Hard Coming Down”


Release Info
PPM60. LP. 1000 Pressed. Black vinyl. Tip on jacket with full color printing. Cover photo, from the film "I & &" The Wind of Change, by Ben R. Caldwell.

Hard Coming Down is Gun Outfit's third album for PPM. It's not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000's, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. Reviewers compared them to Sonic Youth, Wipers, Dino Jr - because, just like Gun Outfit, these bands combined the caterwaul of Black Flag with the twining harmonies of folk. However, Gun Outfit retained a vision original enough to appeal way beyond a mere re-hash of the late 80's SST playbook, and in Hard Coming Down they have created something more serene, bold, and confident than anything in their prior output. Slow burning dirge-y jams on Hard Coming Down such as "Flyin' Low, Maria", "Lau Blues", and "Songwriter" align themselves with the most downbeat and darkened indie-folk. And their knack for embedding the sublime within the punk ripper too finds its most clear success in album standout "Death Drive", a flawless take of ennui and angst in Gun Outfit's high-energy signature. It's a classic of its type.

1. Flyin Low, Maria
2. Lau Blues
3. High Price to Pay
4. I’ve Got a Gift
5. Young Lord
6. Fool’s Gold
7. My Love is Wanting Me
8. Death Drive
9. You’ll Go First
10. Fallen Sun Song
11. Another Human Being
12. Songwriter

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