Synthwave pioneers Gunship — Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway,and Alex Gingell — have unveiled colossal electronic-rock banger “DooM Dance,” featuring two legendary collaborators: Gavin Rossdale and Carpenter Brut.
The track is the third single taken from the band’s third album UNICORN, due out September 29. Pre-order it here. The album has been tipped by AV Club and Revolver.
“DooM Dance”is a bass-driven, industrial-rock offering that blends EDM influences and the band’s signature synth-heavy style to create a vivid sonic experience. On the track, rock icon and frontman Gavin Rossdale of juggernaut rock actBush delivers searing vocals, while synthwave powerhouse Carpenter Brut serves up some devastating electronic riffs.
Gunship make a name for themselves by linking their music and video releases with popular culture, whether that be film, like the Blade Runner x The Terminator dystopia in the new era’s first release, “Monster In Paradise,” or the gaming world, as with their previous release “Taste Like Venom,” which paid homage to Sega’s classic arcade game Outrun.
In a similar vein, “DooM Dance” is a reference to the now-legendary video game, DooM, and is inspired by the frenetic “dance” gamers perform when vastly outnumbered and battling waves of enemies in the game. Together with their collaborators, Gunship administer a shot of neon adrenaline to rock, metal, electronic, and gaming fans the world over.
A salute to ’90s-era VHS anime releases, the cover art shows Miku and Maka — the two femme fatale protagonists starring in the upcoming “DooM Dance” video. In keeping with Gunship tradition, live action footage of Gavin Rossdale, Carpenter Brut, and Gunship will be featured alongside an unforgettable anime experience straight from the heart of the 1990s.
Stay tuned for more.
In the meantime, Gunship have released a teaser —watch it here!
Gunship invite their listeners to celebrate the power of imagination on upcoming albumUnicorn. Named after the international icon of fantasy and imagination, it’s emblazoned with the tagline “Imagination Is A Weapon.” The trio’s trademark, synth-laden atmosphere and transportive soundscapes have continued to evolve to include more rock, industrial, and EDM influences, and allow the listener to revel in an alternative reality on a 14-track electric thrill ride.
Unicornboasts a diverse array of special guests, who each bring something different to the project. Collaborators include: John Carpenter, Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Carpenter Brut, Timmy Cappello (Lost Boys, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr), Health, Tyler Bates (John Wick, Guardians of the Galaxy etc), Lights, Power Glove, Charlie Simpson, Britta Philips (Jem), and Milkie Way (Wargasm).
UNICORN TRACK LISTING:
“Monster In Paradise” (Feat. Milkie Way, Dave Lombardo, Tim Cappello, Tyler Bates)
“Taste Like Venom”
“Empress of the Damned” (Feat. Lights)
“Tech Noir 2” (Feat. John Carpenter, Charlie Simpson)
“DooM Dance” (Feat. Gavin Rossdale, Carpenter Brut)
“Blood for the Blood God” (Feat. Health)
“Ghost” (Feat. Power Glove)
“Darkness for Dreams”
“Holographic Heart” (Feat. Britta Philips)
“Nuclear Date Night”
“Run Like Hell”
“Postcard From the American Dream”
GUNSHIP are Dan Haigh, Alex Westaway, and Alex Gingell. The band’s sound is created with vintage analogue synthesizers and other retro electronic gear from the 1980s. Driven and inspired by nostalgia for a bygone era, Gunship harness this retro approach to birth something fresh and new. Their sound is sonically diverse — blending sweeping fluorescent synth lines with fever pitched and adrenalizing electric bass arpeggios. Dan Haigh from Gunship describes their sound as “a neon-soaked, late night, sonic getaway drive, dripping with luscious analogue synthesizers, cinematic vocals and cyberpunk values, exploding from the front cover of a dusty plastic VHS case which has lain forgotten since 1984.” Gunship was formed in 2014 as a new musical venture for Westaway and Haigh, also members of post-hardcore band Fightstar with Charlie Simpson (Busted) and Omar Abidi, going on hiatus in 2010. Unicorn follows their critically acclaimed self-titled debut (Gunship, 2015), and 2018 follow-up Dark All Day.