Boomkat Product Review:
**'90s -sounding, North-Western American indie jangle** "Hard Coming Down is Gun Outfit's third album for PPM. It's not an easy task to shake up a scene famous for the twee groups of the K Records catalog, but with Gun Outfit barreling through hundreds of shows in the late 2000's, they were key in the renewal of the loud and plaintive to the historically vibrant scene of Olympia, WA. Reviewers compared them to Sonic Youth, Wipers, Dino Jr - because, just like Gun Outfit, these bands combined the caterwaul of Black Flag with the twining harmonies of folk. However, Gun Outfit retained a vision original enough to appeal way beyond a mere re-hash of the late 80's SST playbook, and in Hard Coming Down they have created something more serene, bold, and confident than anything in their prior output. Slow burning dirge-y jams on Hard Coming Down such as "Flyin' Low, Maria", "Lau Blues", and "Songwriter" align themselves with the most downbeat and darkened indie-folk. And their knack for embedding the sublime within the punk ripper too finds its most clear success in album standout "Death Drive", a flawless take of ennui and angst in Gun Outfit's high-energy signature. It's a classic of its type. "Young Lord" is the rootsy centerpiece to the album - ably percussed by drummer Daniel Swire - drawing out a shambling psych-country walk through a torpid day: "High / high as I've always been / It never meant that much to me / Breeze, through my doorway / You might find me still asleep." There is enough range onHard Coming Down to appeal to a variety of tastes, as Gun Outfit's sullen ventures in psychedelic guitar music are stylistically boundless. What's more unique still about Gun Outfit is its decentralized line-up, as Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith share lead guitar and vocal parts almost evenly. There is no egoistic frontman with servantile backing group. And this is fitting, as members of Gun Outfit's competing artistic impulses outside music lie with experimental film making, which is an even more collaborative medium. Though their film-work deals with the fragmented realities of consciousness, fried to absurdity by the restraints of capitalism and human relationships, the music of Gun Outfit deals more simply with the coping, the pain, and the escaping of it. In the case of dreary, mind-altered, love-worn Gun Outfit, their 3rd album is about how it's Hard Coming Down, and the music to be made once you're there."