with This Is My Condition / Hawley Shoffner
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- Ukey's Debut
- Untitled Instrumental
- Hamlet Strings
- Jitterbug Waltz
- My Blood
- Ready To Go
- Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, 10 p.m.
- The Replay Lounge, 946 Mass., Lawrence
- Cost: $2 - $3
- Age limit: 21+
The basis of The Gunshy is one man, his guitar and a forthright lyrical purging. The project began with the Pennsylvania-based Matt Arbogast touring the country in his hatchback, playing small clubs and house shows. This tactic blossomed into a rotating collection of his musical friends from across the country, now based in Chicago. It's also resulted in four albums, the latest of which, "There's No Love in This War," showcases with raw sincerity what happens when one grows up revering and emulating punk troubadours of previous decades. At the forefront is Arbogast's exasperated howl, recalling a more piratey Tom Waits.Musician Craig Comstock doesn't have to worry about dealing with prima donna lead singers, irresponsible drummers or lazy guitarists. That's because Comstock performs all those duties himself in his solo act dubbed This is My Condition. The key word in the name is My, as he delivers a personal noise-rock symphony by utilizing a drum kit, an electric guitar, a loop device and a microphone.