The Gunship plans voter-registration drive 

Drinking songs and civic pride aren't known to walk hand in hand, but local barroom rockers The Gunship are marrying their raucous and zombie-infested anthems with an Independence Day voter registration drive at The Deli in Norman.

Lead singer David McDaniel said the idea emerged as the band's members considered ways to turn performances into more than "just another rock show," and Friday's holiday offered up a unique opportunity.

"We just want to make the process easier," he said. "Having it all in one place will save people time."

Don't mistake the Norman-based trio for a preachy band with superior attitudes and self-important facial hair. The Gunship gleefully wears its quirky influences on its sleeves, going as far as to ink a comic book based on the song "Aim for the Head," a haunting zombie yarn off the act's 2007 EP.

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The song is told from a brokenhearted zombie's perspective, and while "campy" isn't exactly the right word for the tune, it " like many tracks in The Gunship library " sounds best with beer mugs raised in the air. The group might not be the first one would associate with political awareness, but to McDaniel, that's exactly the point.

"It seems there is a disproportionate number of people that aren't registered, and the way the world is going, it might be a good idea to get them involved in the process our country was founded on," he said.

Twelve volunteers will start registering voters at 8 p.m. Friday at The Deli, 309 White in Norman. The concert starts at 10 p.m."Charles Martin

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