The last time The Swagger passed under the journalistic pen, there was very much a jaunty, Brit-pop groove and modish swagger (pun intended) to their sound, in fact Heart ‘n’Soul wore its influences very openly on the sleeves of its Fred Perry. Loaded Gun seems to come from an altogether different place. They have taken the rock roots which always laid much further down in their musical DNA and pushed them, not only to the fore but perhaps even to the fifth or sixth. See, I can do humour!
Maybe it is the effect that these bleak times are having upon us, darker times require darker music and this story of young soldier, injured in the line of duty and finally overcoming the traumatic aftermath to find redemption is perhaps more relevant today than ever. It is built on heavy rhythms and brooding bass, thunderous drums and a vocal delivery which piles even more world-weary weight onto the song.
Perhaps the message is that no matter how hard life is, no matter what you have been through, there is redemption… and redemption generally looks like other people. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be scared to fall, hopefully there will always be someone there to pick you back up.
A great song, a new sound and a poignant message.