Number One Gun Released their first full length Celebrate Mistakes on Floodgate Records in 2002. Since that time they have continued to re-invent themselves and solidify their sound. In 2005 Number One Gun signed to Tooth & Nail Records and released three albums all of which spent some time on the top 50 Christian charts in the U.S. In 2006, members of Number One Gun decided to move on to different projects despite their growing success. Lead Singer Jeff Schneeweis created a new band called The North Pole Project, Keene and Mallory formed Surrogate, and Sellers moved on to play bass in the band Armed for Apocalypse. Eventually, Schneeweis reclaimed the name Number One Gun and released albums as a solo project.
Since 2010 Number One Gun has been silent. In 2012 the original lineup of Number One Gun re-united, ran a kickstarter fundraiser and began recording their latest album This is all We Know.
This is All We Know is an album born out of twelve years of musical experience and it shows. This album is very clean, poppy and catchy and would appeal to fans of Sherwood, Sleep For Sleepers and Rookie of the Year.
The songs on This is all We Know are perfectly catchy with interesting melodies, harmonies and compositions that sound familiar from the get go. Many albums take awhile for me to familiarize myself with, This is All We Know felt familiar from the beginning. This is a strength in that every song seems to have that magic formula that engages the listener. This is a weakness in that overall the album doesn’t do much to set it apart from other bands within this genre. That being said, Number One Gun does it well.
My favorite tracks are Get a Little Weird, Life in the Middle, Disappear (featuring Stephen Christian from Anberlin) and For You (featuring Sarah Ann).
What has always impressed me about Number One Gun is singer Jeff Schneeweis’ vocal range. This leads me to my main gripe with this album. Given that Jeff sings so well I continually wondered why his vocals were so over produced. I have heard Schneeweis live, he doesn’t need autotune. Perhaps I’m just getting old. I prefer singers to sound a little bit more raw and natural. That is not to say the vocals sound bad, they do not, there are just some parts on the album that I wish were less autotuned.
If you have ever liked Number One Gun, you will love this album. If you’re a fan of catchy, pop or alternative rock you will love this album. Fans who backed this Kickstarter can be proud that they had a part in such a great return to form. This self-recorded and produced album is worth a listen. Hopefully this means we will be hearing more from Number One Gun in the future. I can’t wait to see how they reinvent themselves this time.
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