Guns of Nevada 

Songs in the Key of Whiskey

It's Saturday afternoon, Mr. Pizza Guy just delivered a pie to your house and one of those low-budget "Trick My Chopper" shows is on the TV. Seattle's Guns of Nevada is mos def the soundtrack to your broadcast day. You're familiar with the musical sounds: shameless wah-wah pedal abuse, perhaps a talk box lending its voice and the 12-bar blues. Montage music. Heck-darn, maybe even throw in a Hammond B-3 or some tinkling ivories when the formula says it's time for them. There is something to be said for creating tunes the audience can sing along to by their end. Liberal uses of lyrical and thematic cliches make that task a tick easier.

Guns' subject matter is fine for day-drinking, with songs about partying, women (even girls that kiss each other, how ooh la-la!) and an outlaw life that seems to exist for a few weeks each summer when accountants mount their hogs and ride out to Sturgis. This brand of rock and roll doesn't allow for much opportunity to re-shape the musical formula, so to be better than the rest bands must do so lyrically, like when Guns sing, "It's hard to wave goodbye in handcuffs." It's hard not to raise a Bud Light to that.

Guns of Nevada play at the Top Hat's Family Friendly Friday from 6 to 8 PM on Fri., Sep. 14 and at Monk's Bar at 10 PM, with Sweet Rebel D.

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