Los Angeles based Gentlemen Prefer Blood are back with their
third full-length album and first with It's Alive Records. Used Books And
Guns hits the mark with smart lyrics, buzz-saw chords, raspy vocals and
anthemic style that echos the sound and spirit defined by punk rock of the
late 70s and early 90s. Front man Todd Smailes and bassist Dr. J have been
friends since childhood and playing in bands together nearly as long. Their
long time camaraderie is readily apparent in the way their instrumentation
and vocals play off of one anther - never overdone and never lacking.
Recently banded with the formidable skills of Michael Spaid on drums, the
three-piece is able to fill the room with dynamic punk rock prowess while
still maintaining that comfortable airy room to breathe - an art that all
the best power trios perfect over time.