Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the Hindi Guns were formed in 2003 by guitarist Kurt Voss, who also happens to be the director of Ghost On The Highway, last year’s superlative Jeffrey Lee Pierce documentary. Obviously a man of several talents, Voss is joined by laconic singer and co-songwriter Deedee Cheriel, plus assorted musicians on this set of EP tracks and previouslyunreleased material produced by Simon Widdowson of fellow Portland band The Decemberists.
Hindi Guns can recall anyone from the Patti Smith Group (the Walking Barefoot stride of Sweet Honey) and Destroy All Monsters’ Niagara – mainly thanks to Deedee’s deadpan slow-fuse way with a phrase – to late 60s West Coast rock on the dreamily-textured early B-side Come On, or the attractive country-feedback cocktail of Miel. Voss also has a pop at drum-loop-and- sample whoopee by planting snatches of Lemmy and Henry Rollins from the Gun Club film, Ghost On The Highway, over some harsh beats. There’s also a particularly nasty 2004 version of Primal Scream’s Rise, plugging in to its original title of Bomb The Pentagon with relish. Anyone who dedicates a song to “Instant Karma and the Peel sessions” must have their heart in the right place. The late DJ was a fan and it’s not hard to see why.