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
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
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.