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Glaswegian rockers GUN are back with a brand new album, Calton Songs released on Cherry Red Records on 14 October 2022.
The new album will be available on Cherry Red-coloured vinyl, CD, cassette and digital. Calton Songs is a full-blooded celebration of the bands career so far with enthusiastic and brand new acoustic reinterpretations of the songs that made their name and took GUN to the four corners of the world.
These retooled classics are bolstered by the addition of the single Backstreet Brothers which is released 18 May. This is a new and fully electric track that basks in the simple joys of both lives and good times shared, but also brings the GUN story up to date.
Calton Songs is an album that takes its name from the area of Glasgow where the band grew up, and where they still write their music. This record is about celebrating the road that GUN have taken to reach this point, these new versions of great songs are cut through with un-ironic nostalgia but this is a band with an eye on the horizon for whats to come, not whats over their shoulder in the past. Taking On The World announced the band to a global audience in 1989 and their next album Gallus just marked its 30th anniversary. Calton Songs is the latest milestone on this journey and follows-up Favourite Pleasures from 2017 which made the top 15, making it their biggest album in almost a quarter of a century, since 1994s Swagger.
As Jools Gizzi says, "When the pandemic hit we realised that it was the perfect time to try and counteract the bleakness that was all around. It felt like we couldnt write anything, or of course tour. Out of that darkness came a desire to completely rework these songs that we know the fans love, and bring a different, stripped down vibe. Better Days was the first one to get the treatment, and that really brought all our enthusiasm back and relit the creative fires". Dante Gizzi added, "Its ironic that those feelings of negativity led to something so positive, a celebration of our career up to now. It turned into something great, and Backstreet Brothers really sums up that unalloyed enthusiasm that has been brought back into the heart of the band".
The band hit the road this year with festivals and gigs announced in Barcelona (18th May), Madrid (19th May), Segovia (20th May), Villava (21st May) and a storming return to Scotland with an acoustic tour and full electric gigs in Glasgow and Aberdeen in December. Full UK dates so far are as follows:
GUN - UK DATES
12 - IRVINE, Harbour Arts Centre
13 - BLAIR ATHOLL Food In The Park
16 - NEWCASTLE Trillians Rock Club
18 - DUNFERMLINE PJ Molloys
19 - STRATHHAVEN Frets
20 - CUMBERNAULD Submarine
2 - WITTON-LE-WEAR Stormin The Castle
29 - INVERNESS Monsterfest
10 - GLASGOW Barrowland Ballroom
11 - ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree
Tickets on sale here: http://www.gunofficial.co.uk/tour
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