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Artisan Guns Announce Album Release Tour

Artisan Guns Announce Album Release Tour

Monday 30th July, 2012 12:43PM

Auckland quartet Artisans are releasing their debut album Coral at the end of August and have announced a nationwide tour to celebrate. Following up two well received EPs, Coral is a 'coming of age' album for the group who are releasing it via their own label Raccon Jacket on August 24th. 'Pulled You In' is the first single, released earlier this month, and you can check out it below these here tour dates...

Artisan Guns Coral Album Release Tour

Friday 24th August, Bacco Room, Auckland
w/ She's So Rad, Boy Crush and Beach Pigs

Saturday 25th August, Snake Pit, Auckland (all ages)
w/ Tom Lark and Loui The Zoo

Thursday 30th August, Taste Merchants, Dunedin
w/ Males and Fat Children

Friday 31st August, Dux Live, Christchurch
w/ Tom Lark and Ipswich

Saturday 1st September, SFBH, Wellington
w/ Lontalius

Tickets for all shows on sale now from HERE at UTR.

Album Press Release:

After releasing two critically-acclaimed EPs, Auckland four-piece Artisan Guns are set to release their debut album CORAL through their own label Raccoon Jacket on Friday, August 24. The first single from the album, ‘Pulled You In’ will be serviced to radio on July 3.

Artisan Guns have reached fans and critics alike with their honest song-craft, and their self-made videos and art. They are set to continue this thread, with ‘Pulled You In’ being their most daring work to date.

The band started work on CORAL in February last year and proceeded to write, rehearse and demo songs throughout 2011, while also playing as many shows as possible in order to develop their songs and maintain their tight-knit sound.

The album was recorded at Waiuku’s farm-house style Revolver Studios, tracked live without computer wizardry, to capture moments of raw energy, and the true sound of a band in a room. Throughout the recording process the band spent long hours in the studio complete with sleep-overs, struggles, girl-troubles, arguments and - most of all - great times, which have led to an album of 11 songs that the band are proud of.

“We created an album that looks for answers in show tunes, in Hawaiian music, in jazz, hip hop, garage, electronica, and in pop from this century as much as pop from the 60's. We listened further back than we have done before, and we listened closer to home than ever before,” says guitarist Jonathan Pearce.

The songs of CORAL talk about growing up, and about the frustrations of leaving your teens, and your excuses, behind you. Vocalist and lyricist, Matthew Hope, weaves nostalgia and stories of youth into an arresting collection of songs that together ask questions about his generation, and his own place in it. Matthew says “there is a purpleness to the record”.

Artisan Guns have come a long way since their beginnings as school friends in 2006. Drummer Alexander Freer, vocalist and lyricist Matthew Hope, guitarist Jonathan Pearce and bassist Reuben Stephens have developed a reputation as hard-working musicians who have earned themselves a loyal fan following.

CORAL will be released on Friday, August 24 and can be pre-ordered from iTunes now!


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Fri 24th Aug
Bacco Room, Auckland
Sat 25th Aug
Snake Pit, Auckland
Thu 30th Aug
Taste Merchants, Dunedin
Fri 31st Aug
Dux Live, Christchurch
Sat 1st Sep
The San Francisco Bath House, Wellington

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