Hanni El Khatib, 'Will the Guns Come Out' (Innovative Leisure)

Will the Guns Come Out
Critical Mass
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Label: Innovative Leisure

by Camille Dodero

San Francisco-bred skater Hanni El Khatib identifies the target demo for his garage-soul tantrums as anyone who's "been shot or hit by a train." Or, anyone who wished Jon Spencer fronted the White Stripes. Hey, we all have delusions, and El Khatib's full-length debut is a fine testament to the power of pomade nostalgia, cigarette-pack-in-sleeve tropes, and Gene Vincent licks. "Build. Destroy. Rebuild" is the Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" for dudes who hate power steering and collect Nike Dunks. "You Rascal You" is "Ball and Biscuit: The Sequel." Bonus points for claiming the song title "Fuck It, You Win." Because in spite of it all, this guy does.

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