History Of Guns released their new double-A side single When You Don’t Matter / Slice Up Your Wife with B-side Forever via Line Out Records on July 20th.
History of Guns are Max Rael on machines and guitars and Del Alien, the voice behind the collaboration. The title for ‘Slice Up Your Wife’ comes from an overheard conversation between two members of staff at Forbidden Planet in London back in 1997 – providing alternate lyrics for the original Spice Girls song ‘Spice Up Your Life’, originally written by Stannard, Rowe and the Spice Girls. History of Guns’ next album release will be Whatever You Do, Don’t Turn Up At Twelve, which is set for release later this year.
History Of Guns’ debut album Flashes of Light was released on the band’s own Liquid Len label in 2004, its 2005 follow-up Apophenia saw the band genre-hopping with each track from dance to punk taking in a lot of other styles in between. Word spread on the underground and live music scene, culminating in the band signing to Line Out Records in 2006. A year later their song Your Obedient Servants came in at no.19 in journalist Mick Mercer’s list of Top 30 Singles Of All Time in Record Collector, describing them as “…by far, the most inventive UK band to have got their hands caught in the Industrial threshing machine.”
The band’s history has already seen them commissioned by Sony to supply two pieces of music to accompany downloadable clips for the Sony PSP. A tendency to swing wildly from one style to another whilst always being in control keeps History Of Guns fans on their feet. Confrontational, angry and bleak lyrically, the band also manages to be contrastingly touching and melodic without a hint of the pantomime that often comes with bands who consider themselves to be ‘dark’.
“Working with History of Guns is terrifying and exhilarating. They leave no space for ego and refuse to compromise musically. Never scared to try something new, never afraid to risk scaring off the audience, which as yet they have failed to do. Truly captivating aural abuse.” – Bob Barker – Line Out Records.