When Greg Herburger and Cody Brubaker thought about forming The Brixton Guns this past summer, they dreamed about changing the face of music. After David Bottelsen joined in December, the trio began making their dream a reality.
“[We’re] trying to change music, so it’s exciting again,” said Brubaker, lead vocalist of the band, who also plays guitar and bass.
Influenced by pop-punk bands like Green Day, as well as the original punk sounds of The Clash, The Brixton Guns aim for a controversial sound and feel to their music. Their name comes from a song by The Clash called “The Guns of Brixton,” about the police violence and race riots in the southern district of London during April 1981
“I wanted to get behind the fact that if [our name] brings up something controversial or violent, kids will get behind it,” said Brubaker.
Although the band only formed just over a month ago, they are looking to take their growing arsenal of songs to the stage, with rumors of a show as early as the end of February.
The Brixton Guns released their first single, “Surrender”, on their Facebook page during December and it reached more than 100 plays in two days, according to Herburger, who also plays guitar and bass.
“We didn’t expect much from the song,” Brubaker said, who added that its success was a pleasant surprise.
The band is handling every aspect of their music themselves, from promotion to recording. They recently started their own record label called Four Degree Records, on which they plan to record and release their music.
They describe their music as “pop with nuts.” As Bottelsen explains, such terminology will give the band “an edge” that is going to catch people’s attention.
“Music has become so boring,” said Brubaker, expressing a disdain for dubstep and other popular music. The Brixton Guns hope to take their own unique spin on the still-popular punk rock genre and change the way people listen to music.
“We want people to be into the music and to go to the show, for the show,” Bottlesen said, “not to party, get drunk, or get laid, just to go to the show for the music and have fun.”
And while the band is, as Brubaker puts it, “striving to be the biggest band in the world,” they admittedly are still three college guys who like to goof around.