N E X T L    E    V    E    L E N T E R T A I N M E N T A R T I S A N  G U N S H  O  M  E A  B  O  U  T C  O  N  T  A  C  T  &  S  U  B  M  I  S  S  I  O  N  S L O S  A N G E L E S N E W  Y O R K U K NLE Silver Scroll nominated Auckland-based quartet Artisan Guns, have come a long way since their beginnings as school friends at East Auckland’s Macleans College in 2006. Their first EP, “Bird and Bone”, was released in 2009 after much anticipation.  The debut single, “Autumn”, received considerable play on radio, most notably on the bNet radio stations, and Triple J in Australia.  Artisan Guns were lucky enough to have seasoned veteran Tim Van Dammen direct the video.  The video for “Autumn” is a candid, highly exposed close-up of the band and also features some pretty nifty exploding lamps, floating objects and a charming antique store aesthetic to boot. It was a favourite on New Zealand music video channels C4 and MTV where it still garners play.  The new EP is titled “Hearts.”  In typical Artisan Guns fashion, it was recorded succinctly in just under a week, at the studios of New Zealand music legend, Dave Dobbyn. Teaming up with producer/engineer extraordinaire Dave Parker for the second time, “Hearts” is both the sound of a band stepping out of its comfort zone, and the sound of a band who are comfortable and confident about where they are. On “Hearts”, the band tip their hats to the folk sounds of their first EP, but have evolved into something bigger and better. Pop hooks are contrasted by loud, brash walls of sound. They have picked up a new group of influences, including but not limited to Fleet Foxes and Kanye West. “Hearts” really sums up what the band is about. Ultimately there is an aspect of fun, and of camaraderie deeply seeded in the music, art and live performance. pulled you in