Must for 2015 – Gengahr

This London based trio have been driving every major music publication crazy over the past few months, and here’s why you need to keep an eye out for them in 2015.

For some, the premise of an indie buzz band is all too familiar and rather drab. Fortunately for these non-believers, Gengahr have arrived, dismissing the stink around indie buzz bands.

Originally known as RES and claiming to be from North Dakota (no idea why), Gengahr’s style of gentle, rifftastic psych pop, has been enough to earn them a supporting slot with Alvvays at DIY Presents back in August. Although the band are less than a year old, the first three demos they released were enough for the people at Transgressive to snap them up immediately, and with good reason.

Leading demo Fill My Gums With Blood, oozes Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with a familiar spring in the guitars fluidity and easy presence. Free flowing melodies with an underline aroma of psych, makes Fill My Gums With Blood, an impossibly light and catchy song, and uniquely memorable by the closing breakdown, that could easily challenge the likes of JAWS, Merchandise and Peace’s singles. Similarly, middle track She’s a Witch, flows on a wave length of slowly rising beats then replaced for an immediate riff, placed together with melting percussion. While it may not contain the final breakdown that …Blood does, the guitar solo  that acts as the ending before the ending, is refreshing for an upcoming to attempt.

The third demo, Dizzy Ghosts shows exactly what separates Gengahr from the likes of Peace and the current psych pop crowd. John Victor’s guitar playing seizes control of the entire track, as simplistic riffs are manipulated to become evolutions of St Vincent’s majestic finger work.

The same goes for their latest single Powder. Choruses of Victor’s killer guitar playing, will surely entrap new listeners, who are growing slightly tired of the popular, beyond simple guitar playing of the current leading indie bands.

They might look like a group of pale kids and their older brother, but with the combination of both, unusually high vocals and lively guitar riffs, Gengahr are set to become the new pioneers of indie music.

If all of this sounds utterly essential for your daily life, make sure you grab a copy of the bands debut single for Transgressive, out October 22nd, an AA 7 inch with second track  Bathed In Light.

  • What can I expect?

Indie rock ready to explode in 2015, with massive riffs and incredible vocals.

  • When will they release new stuff?

Powder is out October 22nd through Transgressive, so get your copy pre ordered now!

  • Where can I find their music?

Soundcloud and spotify, listed throughout.

  • Will I like them?

Well as one of the pioneers for indie rock in 2015, yes! For fans of: Palace, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Graham Coxon.

Gengahr – AA Vinyl

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