Any band in any genre cannot expect to be all things to all fans. But if an alt-country outfit can seamlessly toggle between chicken-wired rockers, whiskey-drenched weepers and an entire album that elicits poignant echoes of Chris Isaak, that band is certainly trying to do just that.
Does Boston’s Girls, Guns & Glory pull it off? Those who have surveyed its catalog or caught the Ward Hayden-led quartet on its past visits to Sportsmen’s Tavern may stamp the effort as affirmative. From its wild early days in eastern Massachusetts to awards for 2011’s freewheeling “Sweet Nothings” and an entire live album of Hank Williams covers, the triple G’s material has proved amendable to the grittiest honky tonk or the most intimate rock club.
But with last year’s stellar “Love and Protest,” Hayden, bassist Paul Dilley, drummer Josh Kiggans and lead guitarist Cody Nilsen have again expanded the tent poles, crafting a pristine collection of road-tested confessionals, runaway reelers or street-corner folk. Yes, there’s a pure country taste to the tracks, but it’s not so potent that it alienates those averse to overt twang—and that’s a tricky dance to dare. But like Isaak, they’ve found a way to walk that line and, in the process, aim to please those interested.
Info: Girls, Guns & Glory perform at 7 p.m. May 25 in Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Tickets are $15 (Sportsmen’s Tavern, ShowClix).