Free-Music Thursday: Dropgun

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Got a jones for some brass-knuckle bar-punk? Dropgun returns to the stage Friday, March 30 at Annabells (784 W. Market St., Akron, 330-535-1112). The band's last LP was 2005's solid-as-hell Devil Music, and the band has finally posted some new songs on its MySpace page. "We'll probably keep doing that for a while," guitarist Paul Hooper says of the free-music campaign. "Lately I've been in the mood to just give out the stuff for free online. People seem to like it. I'm sure we'll get around to putting a new record together, but nothing in the immediate future. I'm thinking that CD's are a slowly dying format. I am trying to decide if maybe we should do a vinyl 7" for collectors and then offer songs for download." Three quarters of the group also play in You Have Ten Seconds, a classic, blue-collar punk band that plays originals, Oi! classics, and favorites from Half Life, singer Jeff Lamm's former band. The band is also slowly chipping away at a record. "I think we may be looking at a EP-sized CD in the near future," says Hooper. "Hell, we may even do a vinyl 7" record. Maybe we'll just cater to the collectors. I have another song I'm mixing right now that I'm gonna put up on MySpace, and we have one or two more written that we haven't completely fleshed out yet." Click the video above for the group performing Half Life's "United and Strong." -- D.X. Ferris

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