By July 24th
1996, 'History Of Guns' were down to a three-piece. With Max Rael filling
in on guitar in the studio, they recorded their now legendary 'Reformation
Day EP' at Discipline Studios in Tottenham. Songs included: 'Tomb', 'Best
of Me', 'Wildflower', 'No Longer The Fool' and the classic 'History Of
Guns'. The music came from long improvised sessions, the band often playing
for hours in the dark, only stopping for the occasional fight. Some of
the words started life on paper but most were created as they fell out
of Del Aliens mouth. The band designed covers and were soon building a small but dedicated following.
Although 'History of Guns' have always been primarily a studio band, they were persuaded to break their live silence for a charity fundraiser on 13th July 1997 at the bands then headquarters: the Britannia Pub, Waltham X. With guest guitarists Teda, Chris Death, and a few surprises 'History Of Guns' played a memorable, well-received, hour-long set.
In 1998, 'History Of Guns' hosted their chaotic second birthday party on February 7th at the Britannia Pub Waltham X, featuring DJ Expanse. Before they became too old to look good, they filmed an experimental live studio session entitled 'Exalted States'. Later in the year, the Guns recorded 'The Touch b/w Shallow' which messed with many peoples heads and prompted one fan to say in a voice that sounded like death itself, "you shouldn't… play that music to….people." before collapsing into a catatonic state.
At the start of 1998 History Of Guns were asked to submit a track for the compilation cd, 'Contains No Holy Additives 2'... in true guns style with time running out they booked an emergency recording session at Sync City and recorded a version of 'Secret Garden'
Towards the end
of 1998, bored of life, 'History Of Guns' decided to build their own studio.
Although they had always had a good working relationship with the engineers
on previous material, the advantages of being able to produce, mix and
engineer everything themselves without having to go through a third party
were obvious. The first track to be recorded was 'Random Death Bag', a special mix of which was recorded for the third installment of the 'No Holy Additives' compilation series.
History Of Guns
are in the process of releasing their first single 'Little Miss Suicide'.
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