Speaking is a Gun is a four-piece outfit from Berlin, who now first come to prominence with their debut record, Fog over Brandenburg. These first recordings – among which are Rocketeer, Circles, Waveless and Nothing ever tasted so good – were conceived as a kind of communicating vessel connecting the pleasing isolation of a nicotine cloud and the subtle enthusiasm of a fusty looking V-neck.
Fog over Brandenburg, then, embodies the concise ongoing panache of bricklayer indie. An artsy collage of angles and booze. Speaking is a Gun is perhaps the finest band operating in your or anyone’s lifetime, and Fog over Brandenburg attests to this; one might say their album is the best 29 minutes and 18 seconds of 2017 thus far.
Speaking is a Gun do seduction: though it's more along the lines of awkward, clumsy, couch-confined fumbling than anything that would encroach upon Donna Summer territory, at least before post-coital boredom. Ultimately all the sexual musical after-party-bounds and local-beer-evoked leaps of perception also burgeon – and, perhaps, this is finally the essence of Rock´n Roll, especially in the Postpost-era. Speaking is a Gun combine grooves with tricksy instrumentals and staccato beats, borrowing their more mellifluous guitar lines from hazy Blues music and an enduring Prog-Rock-Tradition.
To this end, the punishing, aggressive solos mastered by guitarplayer Julian Reng scathe. Their gift of a rhythm section, drummer Sebastian Kuster and bassist Max Prieß, supply a percolating funk that builds the steady undercarriage of the songs, ensuring maximum dance-ability. Finally, the sometimes rough, sometimes magnetic yearning singing-voice of Florian Begenau guarantees the required last jump into a deeper and more tantalizing Pop-Universe.
Give it a listen! Speaking is a Gun stuck to their guns, and with the upcoming six tracks, they have completed a real piece of fashion. The songwriting of rhythm guitar player Florian Begenau skyrockets us to a mysterious high altitude and the intense and marvelous tunefully production of Sebastian Kuster embeds all of this in an exciting wilderness of dub mix sounds with Southern Rock attitude. Like a sta-prest Jacques Brel, a George-at-Asda Roxy Music, or perhaps a socks-from-Tesco Bowie, it's Begenau’s poetry of uncontrolled daydreaming that allows them a secret shelter in these challenging times.
Where Speaking is a Gun might go from here is anyone's guess, but Fog over Brandenburg is evidence that they are one rock band who is completely willing to conscientiously look the devil in the eyes.
WHAT'S GOING ON
This year we finally want to give something back to our city and try to bring a little musical fun to those people, who may have to deal every day with more difficult things as for example citizens in better life situations. We know what it means not to grow up in the upper-class mansion districts. School classes from so-called problem areas and educationally distant households must in our opinion have the opportunity to experience a Berlin indie rock band.
So we wanna play in schools of Neukölln and Wedding. That's going to be fun. Hopefully for the kids too. ;) The desire to play in the right place for the right people is the reason why we also want to make music for psychiatric patients this year. We hope that our music can give some strength to people who are mentally ill. It would be great if we could bring back a smile to some faces. Sometimes it is not enough to talk, you have to do something.
ALL PHOTOS BY VALENTIN PASTER / SHOT 2017 in BRANDENBURG
MUSIC & VIDEO
In the coming weeks, we will start shooting our video for Rocketeer. We are always open to new ideas and people who want to work with us on our video projects. We plan on producing videos for Circles, Signals and the many other songs we are working on. If you are interested, you can find where and how to contact us on the bottom of the page. We’d love to hear from you.
FOR FEEDBACK, SUGGESTIONS AND BOOKINGS
We’re always interested in taking part in daring projects and motivated assistance by exciting artists and other musicians. There’re many challenging and inspiring opportunities to express yourself artistically and we cannot wait to work on them together with you.
Support and participating in alternative festivals is also something close to our hearts. Again, we greatly appreciate everyone who reaches out to us in earnest.