Ian Shelton is out walking in Los Angeles as he talks to Kerrang! – and stumbles across a severed squirrel head.
“Wow, someone has done something fucking dark over here,” he laughs nervously, breaking his train of thought. “Sorry, what were we saying?”
Brutalised wildlife isn’t the only thing that’s got Ian in a spin. Militarie Gun, the banner under which the affable, fast-talking frontman stands onstage, have gone from lockdown boredom-killer during The Times Of Which We Do Not Speak to one of the most talked-about names in modern hardcore’s ever-blossoming – and ever-diversifying – renaissance. That they’ve done so in a few short years is down to a debut full-length, Life Under The Gun, that’s as viscerally thrilling as it is lyrically compelling, a live show that captures lightning in a bottle night after night, and a work ethic that could best be summed up as ‘never settle, never rest’.
Here’s why you need to ensure you find yourself in the firing line…