American Gun

American Gun

 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
BandRockAmericana

Rock n' Roll with Southern Poise

Biography

Over the past five years American Gun has racked up a years’ worth of shows throughout the Southeast, traveling to any dive that will have them and broadcasting their own unique spin on rock and roll while attempting to (and most often succeeding) connect with fans on a personal level. They also have a pretty darn good time themselves in the process of all the madness.

Laudatory reviews followed the bands’ previous releases of their three full-lengths, 2006’s Dark Southern Hearts, The Means & the Machine in 2008 and Devil Showed Me His Hand in 2009, drawing on such talents as John Morand (Craker, Sparklehorse), Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown, Yo La Tengo), and lap steel guitar legend Al Perkins (The Flying Burrito Brothers). In the past few years the band has received attention from a variety of smaller record labels and distributors. Their songs have been featured on a number of indie compilations, PBS’s Roadtrip Nation, The Mountain Dew X-Games and ESPN2’s Bass: The Movie. And they have opened for such contemporaries as Lucero, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell, The Bottle Rockets, Shooter Jennings, Robbie Fulks, and others.

Initially inspired by the rough and tumble alternative country of artists like Lucero, Steve Earle, and Uncle Tupelo, the band quickly hit upon its own brand of rambunctious, barn-burning rock n’ roll. And while that is still very much a part of what they do, the past year has seen the group morph into a more muscular and electric force, taking cues as much from Social Distortion, The Hold Steady and Oasis as from their twangy roots.

Excited to document the new sound and direction, the band spent the summer of 2010 in pre-production at Jangly Records in Columbia, South Carolina with producer Paul Bodamer before entering Mitch Easter’s Fidelitorium Studio to record their fourth full-length, Therapy. In addition to being a sonic breath of fresh air, the new record also features some of the most powerful and brutally honest songwriting to date. Tales of love and heartbreak in a lonely city share the stage with the troubles and travails of a working rock band, painting as vivid a portrait of the band’s current state as the music itself.

Therapy will be released on Jangly Records in May 2011.

For more information contact:

Todd: stepoutoftheline@yahoo.com / 803-917-6709

www.americangun.net
www.janglyrecords.com

Lyrics

Horses

Written By: Todd Mathis

Chorus
How many horses does it take
To drag you down
How much more until
You will come around
I tried hard to believe
That you would stay with me
But how many horses does it take
To drag you down

Dancefloors, tabletops
Anywhere in between
You’ve gotta be the craziest
Little thing I’ve ever seen
And in my heart I guess I know
That you’ll always steal the show
But in the meantime
Won’t you save a little light for me

Chorus

Bridge
Situation’s leaving me
Lost and down upon my knees
Burning time, losing wind
I’ll never be the same again
But in the meantime
Won’t you shine a little light on me

Solo/Break

All night, every night
Don’t know when to stop
Givin’ everything and more
Just to be on top
And in my heart I guess I knew
It was always about you
But in the meantime
Won’t you save a little piece for me

Chorus

13 Women

Written By: Mathis

I got 13 women to call my own
But only 1 of them is living at home
I like to flirt and I'm a pretty nice guy
But that can get you into trouble in the wink of an eye
And it don't matter, you got a wedding band
Cause the girls still see you as a free man
And after I drink, I can see that too
But I always wind up, at home with you

I got 13 women to call on the phone
Buy only one or 2 are ever at home
They got things to do, places to be
And most of the time, it ain't involving me
But when it does, I got to act right
Or those 13 women, they'll all want to fight
And I ain't got the strength to see it through
And I'll wind up again, at home with you

At home
At home with you
I leave my heart
At home with you

Yeah these 13 women I see in my dreams
But it ain't exactly what it might seem
One day they call me honey, or sweetie pie
Next day they'd assume I just up and die
But I love em one, and I love em all
And with these 13 women I can have a ball
But don't worry girl, bout' what I do
Cause I'll always leave my heart with you

I had 13 women to call my own
But only 1 of them ever lived at home
Now she's long gone and I'm a lonely guy
Looking for another to catch my eye
I need just one more to get back to 13
But it ani't exactly what you might think
It's just one more to help me see it through
Cause I'll always leave my heart with you

Horses

Written By: Mathis

Horses

Chorus
How many horses does it take
To drag you down
How much more until
You will come around
I tried hard to believe
That you would stay with me
But how many horses does it take
To drag you down

Dancefloors, tabletops
Anywhere in between
You’ve gotta be the craziest
Little thing I’ve ever seen
And in my heart I guess I know
That you’ll always steal the show
But in the meantime
Won’t you save a little light for me

Chorus

Bridge
Situation’s leaving me
Lost and down upon my knees
Burning time, losing wind
I’ll never be the same again
But in the meantime
Won’t you shine a little light on me

Solo/Break

All night, every night
Don’t know when to stop
Givin’ everything and more
Just to be on top
And in my heart I guess I knew
It was always about you
But in the meantime
Won’t you save a little piece for me

Chorus

Mexican Restaurant

Written By: Mathis

Mexican Restaurant

I left you
At the Mexican restaurant
Got in my car
Put the windows down
Turned up the song
On my radio
My radio
Never sounded so sad

It was the end
Of something beautiful
Something beautiful
Or so it seemed
We packed it in
Because I was afraid of you
I was afraid of you
And the feelings I had

CHORUS
Maybe one day
I can be good to you
I could be good to you
Like you've been good to me
But for now
I don't want to feel anything
Don't want to feel anything
I just want to be

We promised
We'd still be friends
And I'd see you
In a couple of weeks
A couple of weeks went by
And I felt like hell
I still feel like hell
And I ain't seen you since

CHORUS
Maybe one day
I can be good to you
I could be good to you
Like you've been good to me
But for now
I don't want to feel anything
Don't want to feel anything
I just want to be

Yeah, Maybe one day
I can be good to you
I could be good to you
Like you've been good to me
But for now
I don't want to feel anything
Don't want to feel anything
I just want to be
But for now
I don't want to feel anything
Don't want to feel anything
I just want to be

Outro

Discography

Demos, Guns & Girls EP 2004 (Step Out of the Line Records)

Dark Southern Hearts 2006 (Step Out of the Line Records)

The Means & The Machine 2008 (Red Wax)

Devil Showed Me His Hand 2009 (Jangly Records)

Therapy 2011 (Jangly Records)

Set List

1 set up to 1 hour and 15 minutes
or
3 sets of 45 minutes each

Longer sets include covers while the shorter sets focus mainly on originals.

therapy(original)
movin' on down the line(original)
lie to me(original)
tears(original)
picture(original)
the fall (original)
heartlocket(original)
13 Women (original)
drowning ship (original)
mexican restaraunt (original)
my friends (original)
find some good (original)
neil young mood (original)
horses (original)
fast one (original)

COVERS
wayfaring stranger (trad.)
elvis presley blues (gillian welch/ david rawlings)
lawyers, guns, and money (w. zevon)
carmalita (w. zevon)
goodtime charlie (danny o'keefe)
dead flowers (rolling stones)
ring of fire(johnny cash)