Young Guns Photos and Review

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Currently on their US tour providing support for Bullet for My Valentine is Young Guns, a charming British rock band with a live show that blew me away. The band, which has been around for quite some time, has toured with a variety of artists, including All Time Low, Yellowcard, Lostprophets, Seether, and Enter Shikari. In addition to having toured with a diverse group of bands, Young Guns also takes inspiration from a wide array of music genres and groups, boasting a pretty fabulous cover of Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees.”

I was fortunate to have the chance to see Young Guns play live at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia on Cinco de Mayo. The band played alongside Bullet For My Valentine and Halestorm, and the guys did not disappoint. It was difficult not to fall in love with them, as vocalist Gustav Wood seemingly wooed every audience member, especially the ladies. The charismatic vocalist had everyone on their feet and waving their hands in record time. With every song, the band oozed the same level of magnetism, making their set consistent all the way through and a definite pleasure to behold.

Their set list was a mix of songs from their 2012 release, Bones, and their 2010 debut album, All Our Kings Are Dead. The boys, hailing from Buckinghamshire, certainly appreciated the positive response from the fans, as this was their first time in Philadelphia. They closed their set with their latest single, “Bones,” to which Gustav had everyone chanting and singing along. With performances already planned for Download Festival and Isle of Wight this summer, I undoubtedly think we’ll be seeing a lot more from Young Guns in the near future.

-Alex R.

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