The four members of GunFight! grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and the drunken teenage nights they spent in the fields and parking lots of their home towns have led to a rowdy take on Americana. The members of this Brooklyn-based band have dubbed their music “post-country.” Like the Clash or the Ramones playing Johnny Cash covers, the band’s music combines a mix of roots-country, punk and post-punk.
The band has built a following in the live settings of loft parties, basements and venues since forming in 2007. They released the Hide Your Empties EP (on BNS Sessions) in early 2009 and recently released the full-length, Frontier Land. GunFight! has played on bills with Those Darlins, Langhorne Slim, Beach Fossils, Local Natives, Suckers, Motel Motel, Freelance Whales, Blood Warrior, Cale Parks and more. The band has also been written about by SPIN, FILTER, CMJ, Tiny Mix Tapes, TimeOut NY, and the L Magazine. In the summer of 2010 GunFight! mounted a successful tour in support of Frontier Land, playing cities like Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
On Frontier Land (written about in FILTER, #41), GunFight! has further developed its signature, genre-bending sound. The song “Woof/Howl” blends the bouncy guitar pluck of Waylon Jennings’ “outlaw country” with the exotic rhythms of Abe Vigoda’s noise punk. “Broke with Holes” is a sweeping anthem about the open road that has grown too expensive to travel. “Cadaver Dog” merges the jangle of Western trail songs with the atmospheric balladry of Beach House; and the high-energy “Sticks” tells the tale of one relationship’s unique alcoholic dysfunction, and references the likes of Gram Parsons mixed with the irreverent lyrics of the Ramones and the explosive energy of the White Stripes.