Boldly billing themselves as the "first
country western punk superheroes," an assertion that might raise the
collective eyebrows with the Kinman bros. of Rank and File, Gunpowder’s Cd
"Circle A Ranch" comes complete with fast country punk and a cover that
features the band on horseback in front of a burning prarie background.
Any blend of punk with another musical genre has the potential to be
interesting, and Gunpowder’s mix of acoustic guitars and driving rhythms
fuse together nicely. "Red Rage Ready" provides a good intro to the
band’s sound, and the tracks become harder and raunchier until it reaches
the caffeinated homage to Johnny Cash’s "Folsom Prison Blues." This is a
more angry, desperate sound given life by Major Erik Gore’s haunting
vocals. Try not to expect the usual cowboy banter about dying dogs,
cheating hearts and someone’s love affair with the pistol. Despite their
name, Gunpowder points a searing eye at gun use, while skirting classic
social punk themes.
members are: Major Eric Gore, Doc Sauter, Kenny Lawless, Sammy Six String.