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Militarie Gun Signs With Roc Nation for Management

The Los Angeles-based punk/hardcore band will release its debut album, "Life Under the Gun," on June 23 via Loma Vista Recordings.

Los Angeles punk/hardcore band Militarie Gun have signed with Roc Nation for management, Billboard can reveal.

The signing follows the announcement of the group’s debut album, Life Under the Gun, which is due out June 23 on Loma Vista Records. The 12-track project, engineered by Taylor Young at the Pit Recording Studio, will include the band’s previously-released single, “Do It Faster,” as well as its latest single, “Very High.” The album is available for pre-order on vinyl, CD and cassette here.


“When I first heard the demos for Militarie Gun’s forthcoming album, I literally couldn’t stop listening,” says the band’s manager Blaze James. “[Frontman] Ian [Shelton] has a knack for writing pop melodies layered into punk songs with an emotional pull. It was right in my wheelhouse.”

Life Under the Gun follows the release of several EPs by the band, including My Life Is Over and All Roads Lead to the Gun/All Roads Lead to the Gun II. Militarie Gun formed in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic; influences include Guided By Voices, Fugazi and The Jesus Lizard. In addition to frontman Shelton, the current lineup includes guitarists Nick Cogan and William Acuña and drummer Vince Nguyen. The band, which played South by Southwest in March, is slated to kick off a run of North American and European tour dates on Saturday (May 6) in San Pedro, Calif.

Militarie Gun also recently scored a high-profile synch, with the band and Dazy’s single, “Pressure Cooker,” being featured in Taco Bell’s new “Build Your Own Cravings” commercial; the ad is part of the brand’s “Feed the Beat” program.