Gary Sunshine | The Nerve of Some People

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The Nerve of Some People

by Gary Sunshine

Gritty sounds & colorful stories of America, equal parts Country, Punk, Blues & Pop, the long overdue debut album is here with 15 tunes about losers, lovers, thrillseekers & troublemakers.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If You See the Devil
3:23 $0.99
2. A Gentleman With a Gun Strapped to His Ankle
3:59 $0.99
3. Mexico
3:11 $0.99
4. Me & the Moonlit Ghost
3:11 $0.99
5. One Tilted Rose in a Candy Jar
2:37 $0.99
6. The Nerve of Some People
2:54 $0.99
7. Cracked Guitar
2:42 $0.99
8. Losin’ Sleep (I'm the One That's Hurtin')
3:35 $0.99
9. Make Your Way to Me
3:15 $0.99
10. Shake It Like the Girls in the City
3:07 $0.99
11. The Last Time I Saw Dylan
2:38 $0.99
12. Cheap Champagne & Angry Names
3:30 $0.99
13. Yeah But It's a Good Night
2:28 $0.99
14. Hands On the Steering Wheel, Son!
3:09 $0.99
15. Might Just Walk to California
5:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded in a dark, damp, basement studio holed up in the middle of America, Gary Sunshine, finally releases his debut solo album, “The Nerve Of Some People.”

“I took several years off from touring and “music” and only started writing again after growing increasingly frustrated from not playing and not releasing the solo record I had planned to release a few years back. I was tired of the expectations and the "business" involved with making music. I came to the realization this year that, man… I’m not getting any younger at all. I still had a few songs sitting around gathering dust, and not much else. I started writing again, but I had a new attitude. I could write whatever I want without any specific reason or game plan, I could write songs for me. I was gonna record whatever came up, get it in working order, and move on quickly to the next one. I’m hard to please and I think I write songs to see if I can write what I feel is a “really good one”, so I keep going, hoping for something better.”

Gary spent “the earlier days” with an assortment of bands including The Silos (Checkered Past & Sonic Pyramid Records), Circus of Power (RCA, Columbia & Metal Blade Records), NY Loose (Fiction, Flipside, Shock & Hollywood Records), and Screaming Sneakers (Indie Punk Pop self titled and released). He toured much of the the world, made records, moved across the country more than a few times, did some recording with Guns N’ Roses a few years ago, wrote a bunch of songs, and moved again.

“Here’s my first solo record. I had some help on the song, “Mexico”, from two very talented friends, Jes, on vocals and Darren Elpant, on drums. The other 14 tunes were recorded in my basement studio. No frills, released as they were recorded in the first place, a little noisy at times, imperfect, but the way I wanted them. I hope you like these 'cause I got more on the way!”



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Johnny Bon

Great Songs
Psyched to find a Gary Sunshine album, was a fan of yours from C.O.P. days and saw you in LA play live. Your new stuff is amazing love the gritty story telling , .. a must have collection of songs for me.. For anyone that doesn't know this ..gary's guitar work is full of amazing emotions and superb talent! Awesome work Bro.......

Lee Lucas

Superb Debut Album
Absolute first class album of fine story telling songs. 15 solid tracks making up a solid album in every sense. Gay Sunshine is one hell of musician who as all the fine qualities to write truly fabulous compositions and perform them with utter class in the way he presents and puts them over. I cannot stop playing this album since I brought it, it's addictive stuff and right up my street, and I cannot recommend the guy highly enough. Talent at a fantastic price, and well worthy of every penny.


The nerve of some people.
Throwing the listener straight into the deep end of the pool Gary Sunshine challenges perceptions with an opening track that sounds like a corroboration between Beck, Dylan, Cohen and The Suicide Twins.
'If you see the Devil' is the soundtrack to the wrong side of the tracks.
It's romanticism wrapped up in barfly eloquence, and by dragging an unflinching gutter monologue into the light Gary has laid his cards on the table for all to see.
For all intents and purposes it doesn't sound like he is here to beg for your patronage, but instead is spilling his musical guts out and leaving us to take it or leave it.
There's a refreshing 'I've been around the block a few times and this is it, make of it what you will' attitude that pervades the song and gives it a great deal of power.
For an opening track it sets the bar high, but 'a gentleman with a gun strapped to his ankle' confirms that it wasn't a solitary fluke, as does every other subsequent song.
This is an album that's the soundtrack to wakening up in an unfamiliar flop house with bloodstains on the sheets, the shakes, a fresh tattoo and a woman whose wearing your grandmothers wedding ring lying next to you.
Depending on your outlook that could be a good, or bad, thing.
Regardless of whether it is your thing or not it does provide a voyeuristic thrill.
By the time it checks in at 'Mexico' we're on a road trip to hell and past the point of no return.
The Rubicon is the rear view mirror and we've committed ourselves to seeing this out.
People come and people go, there's good times and bad times, the sun rises and sets on us and there's some countrified and bluesy fear and loathing going on.
In fact a great deal of this is akin to gonzo literature put to music.
Every song is a short story, a little snapshot of a time and place with fully formed characters living in it, and then you take a step back and the whole album is a loose story of recollections of a wandering troubadour who has clocked a great deal of miles on the road.
It's rare to claim that an album is a 'must have', but Gary Sunshine has made one here.
It's a classic in every sense of the word. A slap in the face for anyone who mistakenly claims that no one is doing anything of worth any more.

Kev Sumner

The Nerve of Some People
Superb album from start to finish. Well structured songs with Gary's unique sound. Actually I say unique, but I do find a resemblance to Steve Earle............which is all good for me. Every time I hear one of Gary's songs I realise I'm not just listening to great song but also a great performance. As I write, I know he is keep them coming.