Stream ‘You & I In The Gap’ here

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12th January 2024 – Swiss noise rock collective Coilguns announce the release of ‘Birds In Row & Coilguns’ on 2 February 2024, a ferocious and biting 3-track collaborative EP created alongside French hardcore punk band Birds In Row. Pre-order on vinyl here.

To anticipate the release, they’ve released single ‘You & I In The Gap’, a full throttled, heavyweight track carried by blistering vocals, thundering drums and soaring guitar melodies. Listen to ‘You & I in The Gap’ here.

Coilguns guitarist Jona Nido comments, “You and I in the Gap” stands out as the most spontaneous track on the EP. Throughout the seven days dedicated to writing and recording, our primary focus was on what we considered the “main” tracks. However, with a bit of time left, we embarked on the creation of “You and I in the Gap,” a track characterised by its almost mono-riff and heavy sound. On the last day of the session, we initially decided to forego producing it due to a lack of time for recording vocals. Little did we anticipate the magic that Louis (vocals) could conjure. In the late afternoon, he composed lyrics, worked quietly on his own, and at 1 am, just as all the gear was neatly packed away, he surprised us. He appeared with one of those child synths that require blowing into a tube to produce sound. Louis executed one take of pure noise, evident at the beginning of the track. Then, he grabbed the microphone and delivered a single vocal take, leaving everyone in awe of the performance, a moment we preserved exactly as it unfolded”.

Released on 2 February 2024, ‘Birds In Row & Coilguns’ is the meeting of two giants of the European independent Alt/Hardcore scene – Birds In Row and Coilguns. Having created a solid following and reputation from their enthralling live performances and acclaimed studio offerings, the two outfits offer us a collaborative EP, written and recorded over 7 days in the studio, with all 7 players performing on all tracks.

The Birds in Row and Coilguns collaboration was born from a series of chance encounters and shared experiences. In 2018, both bands had the opportunity to play shows together, forging a connection that would eventually culminate in writing together. Subsequently, a joint tour, featuring Birds in Row, Coilguns, alongside KEN Mode, further solidified their friendship and laid the foundation to write together. Combining their roots in Laval, France (Birds in Row), and La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland (Coilguns), the resulting release ‘Birds In Row & Coilguns’ sees two of Europe’s most hyped acts in independent heavy music create something truly special.

‘Birds In Row & Coilguns’ EP artwork

Track List

1. Stranding Shelters

2. The Blessing

3. You & I In The Gap


Initially coming from the DIY hardcore scene, Coilguns have grafted their very own blend of pissed-off punk and ecstatic noise-rock. The history of the band is deeply bound to the development of guitarist Jona Nido’s own label – Hummus Records – home to 145 releases from Swiss artists of all sonic horizons. Though their last two albums were 100% self-produced, engineered and mixed by the band members, Coilguns drove last summer to end-of-the-world’s Oceansound Recordings in Norway with producer Scott Evans to track their 4th studio album, which is due to release in 2024. Only playing a handful of shows in 2023, the four piece hailing from La Chaux-de-Fonds has unleashed some upcoming material and crash-test their new show on stages of major European festivals. The band is known for its raw, uncompromising and euphoric live performances, proudly serving the dancing freaks and the crowd-surfing weirdos.


Trio Birds in Row have been at the forefront of the French hardcore genre for a decade. Making their debut in 2012 with You, Me & the Violence, the release rocketed them from Laval-based unknowns to the world’s stage. Their 2018 follow-up We Already Lost the World was an unyielding inferno of brazen ideas, gathering plaudits from Metal Hammer. Recent highlights include supporting Alcest, Cult Of Luna, alongside slots at ArcTangent and Damnation festivals.

Most recently follows ‘Gris Klein’, Birds in Row’s third full-length album, and their most genre-bending and timely declaration yet. Sculpted by the Covid-19 pandemic, eloquently summarising the cruel and sometimes nonsensical nature of mental illness. The album is a portrait of a world enduring its most chaotic era in a generation. Yet throughout, the Birds in Row manifesto is the same as it’s always been: love each other. “We really want people to know that they’re not alone, and that they can count on each other,” they say. “The way we treat each other is political. It’s OK to trust each other. All the movies about catastrophes show people turning against each other, but that’s not what would happen. When people are in the shit, they help each other. That’s what we’re trying to transmit with this record: hold each other’s hands.”

Coilguns & Birds In Row’s new single ‘You & I In The Gap’ is out now – Stream it here. Taken from the upcoming EP ‘Birds In Row & Coilguns’, due for release 2nd February on Hummus Records and available to pre-order here.