Hanni El Khatib
Will the Guns Come Out - INNOVATIVE LEISURE
FILTER Grade: 79%
By Mary Kosearas on September 27, 2011
Hanni El Khatib’s debut album, The Guns Will Come Out, is an anthem album for those ever caught sitting on a curb during the day, smoking a cigarette, scheming something irresponsible and riding out a buzz. Like a well-ordered classic, the whiskey-soaked vocals and intentionally rough instrumentals inspire a motivation that is not of the Twittering era: it speaks to the barefoot babes running through the streets, bottle in hand, fist raised. The tracks jump in range between genres, but for the most part you can find a consistent punk sound woven throughout. The one-man band (accompanied by a drummer when performing live) is made up of a first-generation Filipino/Palestinian-American from San Francisco with an interesting range of inspirations that bounce from ’50s pop to classic cars to skate culture, but the great dynamic in his sound captures the playfulness behind the most serious thing: his music.