Celebration Guns Stream “The Me That Used To Be” In Full Ahead Of Release

April 6, 2016
photo courtesy of Celebration Guns

photo courtesy of Celebration Guns


Celebration Guns Stream “The Me That Used To Be” In Full via Surviving The Golden Age

The Me That Used To Be EP Due Out Friday, April 8th on President Gator Records

Celebration Guns are excited to share The Me That Used To Be in full ahead of the EP’s release this Friday, April 8th. The Phoenix, AZ based quartet’s new EP, a jagged blast of math rock and indie pop charm, made it’s debut on Surviving The Golden Age, who said “Mixing math rock, indie pop, and twee, Celebration Guns sounds like a hybrid between Los Campesinos! and the Lovely Feathers. It’s hard to listen to the five song EP and not smile.”

Celebration Guns, named after a Stars song from their album Set Yourself on Fire, mix influences from mid 2000s indie rock, math pop, and pop-punk together for their own bright and optimistic sound of big hooks and tangled chord progressions. It’s a great EP from the Phoenix based quartet who have recently supported everyone from Rob Crow and Woozy to Craft Spells and Tweak Bird. It’s safe to say that Celebration Guns are one of Arizona’s brightest new bands and The Me That Used To Be should help them grow further toward a national audience.

Celebration Guns is a full-time hobby… and yet so much more. It’s the combination of nostalgia, energy, complexity and joy. Formed by Justin Weir (guitar/vocals) andTimothy O’Brien (drums) back in 2012, the Phoenix, AZ based quartet were soon joined by long time friends and like-minded musicians, Ryan Miller (bass) and Christopher Blanco (guitar). Rising from the vast Arizona landscape that has produced bands like Jimmy Eat World and Dear And The Headlights, Celebration Guns represent a new generation of indie punk. While influenced by their city and the intense heat that comes with it, the band are exploring far beyond the confines of the desert with their own math-rock infused indie pop that relies on anxiety, excitement and the perpetual burst of energy reflected in their sound.

The upcoming “The Me That Used To Be” EP is built around a percussive playing style that recalls The Appleseed Cast’s Illumination Ritual and a more complex tapestry of polyrhythmic beats, a marked difference from the recently reissued “Quitter“. Since coming together as a quartet, Celebration Guns’ have relied upon a penchant for shifting time signatures and styles, borrowing elements of dream pop, indie rock, and noise pop. The band’s tireless effort to blend these sounds together has resulted in deceptively complex music that’s catchy and filled with earworm hooks. Rarely able to sit still, their music stretches genres, pushing the envelope of indie into progressive territory while retaining the band’s undeniable pop charm.

The Me That Used To Be” shows an incredible growth in the band as they worked together to refine and strengthen their songs into rich and fully realized recordings. The calm before the storm is over, Celebration Guns have arrived… and they’re prepared to make you move.


04/08 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (EP Release Show)
05/13 – Oakland, CA @ The Stork Club w/ Puff Puff Beer
05/15 – Portland, OR @ The Liquor Store w/ Mothertapes & Ice Queens

“The Me That Used To Be”
President Gator Records
April 8, 2016

1) The Volunteer
2) Have it Your Way
3) Thanks for your Time
4) Ready to Go
5) The Me that Used to Be

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President Gator Records

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