The Popguns are an English indie rock band, which played a part in the British jangle pop scene. Originally from Brighton, East Sussex, they formed in 1986.
Their first release, “Where Do You Go?”, in 1988 was followed, in ‘89 by the single “Landslide”, (Medium Cool Records), which reached number 20 on the UK Indie Chart and made it to No. 46 on BBC radio DJ John Peel’s annual Festive Fifty list for that year. This and a further two singles, “Waiting for the Winter” (1989) and “Someone You Love” (1990) featured on their debut album, Eugenie (also 1990 Midnight Music).
The single “Still a World Away”, preceded second album Snog, which was followed by the EPs XXX and Crazy (all released in 1991). The drummer, Shaun Charman, left the group before “Star” (3rd Stone), a Radio 1 record of the week, was released along with their third album, Love Junky in 1995 and their last album of the period, A Plus de Cent (1996) – featuring a French language version of their last single, “Harley Davidson” was released by Tall Poppy Records.
Over 15 years later, 2012 saw the band resume live performances followed by a three-track 7″ single, “Lovejunky” (Matinée Recordings), released in late 2014. In December the same year a new album, Pop Fiction, appeared with the single and another brand new tracks.
The band continue to write and record and have built up a dedicated retinue of ebullient fans who have followed them from their regular haunts of Brighton and London, to the cultural capitals of the western World including Paris, Berlin, New York and Barcelona. Hamburg follows in October 2016.