Album Review

Militarie Gun - Life Under The Gun

A potent balancing act of grit, vulnerability and melody.

Militarie Gun - Life Under The Gun

While their 2021 set of EPs (‘All Roads Lead To The Gun’ and ‘ARLTTG Part 2’) saw Militarie Gun mark themselves out as a bold new addition to the Californian punk scene, it’s on their debut proper that their vision seems that much more crystalline. While their previous release was led by the more classic hardcore vocals of band leader Ian Shelton, on ‘Life Under The Gun’ the band seamlessly permeate heavy instrumentation with delicious hooks, resulting in a potent balancing act of grit, vulnerability and melody. A fresher and more enthralling take on the genre, ‘Life Under The Gun’ manages to evoke a sense of considered familiarity - nodding to punk classics such as Fugazi, Operation Ivy, and even, at times, Green Day and blink-182 - while still feeling fundamentally rooted in the present, with the likes of ‘Do It Faster’ and ‘Big Disappointment’ sure to become cathartic anthems in the not-so-distant future.

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