Damned and Adored

Guns of Nevada

Never fear Guns fans, P.I.G. Records plans to repackage the band’s first two albums, their self-titled debut and the follow-up, “Church of Bloody Mary”, into one classic rendition of their superlative past. But the time is always now and they are randy and ready to release album number three, “Damned and Adored”, spitfiring on all engines and ready to pounce.

Joined in the studio by legendary producer, musician, and songwriter Joe Reineke, the decision was quickly made to keep the Guns of Nevada sound as pure as possible, retaining the raw energy and crackling lunacy the old-fashioned way, live to two-inch tape. Joe added his spiffy guitar skills from his days with Alien Crime Syndicate and The Meices; then along came Supersuckers superstar Rontrose Heathman, who polished up the joint with his unparalleled guitar picking. Whoooooeee!

—Pamela Des Barres

If you haven’t heard Seattle's cowpunk grungebilly butt-shakin’ quartet Guns of Nevada, your ears are about to get a wake-up call. Their sexy, thumping, melodic, George Jones-on-acid harmonies will send you down the dreampipe trail, dancing on the edge of a switchblade till dawn.

These guys should have a bounty on their heads, but instead they fill clubs all over Seattle, chock-a-block crowds cramming in tight to writhe and twist to Guns of Nevada’s boot-stomping, do-si-do groove. Yes, they have an original slaphappy sound and wicked lyrics to ponder, but a Guns gig is also just a good old-fashioned rock-and-roll throwdown, just right for a midnight mosh pit scramble. They’ve played all over the West Coast, including the legendary Roxy Theater, and the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State alongside rock legends Joe Cocker and Tom Petty. From SRO, downtown crowds to packed, rural sideroad clubs, this band is in it for the right reasons and the long haul. Forget your worries, come on and loosen your limbs, get struck by Cashflash lightning, take a rockin’ ride in Hank’s ’53 Caddy and dream big.

Guns of Nevada’s combo of sounds reflects their influences—The Clash, Social Distortion, Ramones, Soundgarden, AC/DC, and of course the real punks: Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Steve Earle.

So unfasten your seatbelts, polish your buckles, empty your pockets, choose your poison, clear your minds, open your hearts wide, and howl at the moon. The Guns of Nevada have hit their stride, and they’re coming for you.

—Pamela Des Barres

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