Melodic alternative punk anthem 'Wait for spring' was a stand out in our song reviews recently. With a gentle intro that sets a scene before building up to an explosive chorus- I was hooked from the start. Despite being busy, it is a really clear sound which is complimented by contrasting pitched vocals. The song has a mark of quality about it and one i would definitely want to experience live.
Inspired by the book 'The Guns of August' (An epic historical account of the beginnings of WWI), Iowa based The August Guns write music to capture the spirit of moments when things have to change. Launched in 2015 by guitarist/vocalist Micah Smith, The August Guns have developed a dynamic blend of alternative rock and post-hardcore full of killer rhythms, crushing instrumentation and soaring vocals sure to appeal to fans of bands like Thrice, Emery, Thursday, and Senses Fail.
From the debut EP Siloam (2015), Smith's lyrics tell stories of finding God faithful in dark and difficult seasons. He's not afraid to bare his soul about struggles with doubt, depression, bitterness, fear, and other human experiences that we all share, regardless of spirituality. Listeners are invited to partake in the highs, the lows and the hope that anchors one man's heart when times get tough.
Joined by bandmates Royce Alaniz (Drums/Vocals) and Kirk Phillips (Bass/Vocals), the latest EP 'Victories' (2021) is being released as a series of singles throughout the year and features the best songs The August guns have written to date.
Inspired by depression and Iowa Winters (which can last 4-6 months, depending on the year), 'Wait For Spring' is about wanting a long painful season to come to an end. Nothing could seem more relevant for those in lockdown over the winter months.