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In the Studio: Gengahr

For the follow-up to their outstanding ‘A Dream Outside’ debut, Gengahr have shredded their self-imposed rulebook. Gengahr emerged after a few years of road miles and self-discovery, the debut album was a amazing release and one of the best albums of 2015 titled ‘A Dream Outside’.

Gengahr’s Felix, John, Danny and Hugh have never been ones to shy away from dark subject matter. Named after a purple ghost Pokémon, their debut album “A Dream Outside” featured tracks such as “Dizzy Ghosts”, “She’s A Witch” and “Fill My Gums With Blood”. The visuals for their latest grim tale of psychedelic love lost, Tired Eyes, saw the boys call on dancing demons, sexy witches, ghosts, ghouls, Miyazaki’s No Face and even some Pokémon friends to join them for a death dance. The Band are currently mid-UK tour.

“When we did the first album, we didn’t tour anything, we hadn’t played live, so it was very much a studio album,” admits frontman Felix Bushe. Everything about Gengahr’s rise was back-to-front they had played the O2 Arena before a single headline show, built up a large fanbase before they’d even stepped on a stage. For the recording of their second release “The whole process on this album has been totally different to the first one,” Felix admits, a note of relief in his voice.

With the pressure gauge dropped, album two’s been given space to breathe. Holing up in their Hackney home last December, they spent six months writing “pretty relentlessly”. Not content with just forming the bare bones of a follow-up, they put their road experience to good use, ensuring that everything they could do with the four of them was nailed down before heading into a Shoreditch studio for two months of solid summertime recording. Then they picked it all apart. “We kept writing in the studio, in a way,” says bassist Hugh Schulte. “Messing around with loads of changes, experimenting with tracks. We had enough time to record a track, then re-record it differently.

Because we didn’t play many shows live before the first album. I think that gave us a creative advantage, because we were suddenly informed about what we wanted to do just by playing shows, rather than having to do any real musical soul searching. A lot of that work was done for us by standing on stage going, ‘Oh shit, it works like this now.’ Going back and writing again, everything was slightly different, so that made life easier.”

Gengahr performing an acoustic version of their single ‘Heroine’ for Vevo Originals.

We didn’t have any keyboards or anything other than guitars, bass, drums on the first record, and there’s definitely a lot more stuff on this record,” Felix explains. “We’ve experimented a lot more. With the first record we put together, we made sure that everything we put in, we could play live. “John’s pedalboard has grown quite a lot,” says Danny, while the guitarist in question sits upstairs laying down the final pieces of his lauded, mind-bending six-stringing, “so there’s quite a lot of synthy sounding sounds.”

Gengahr perform ‘Lonely As A Shark’, & ‘Tired Eyes’ for Tenement TV.

With all the signs seem to pointing towards an early 2017 release, that incoming, extensive UK tour’s set to be the perfect launch-pad for Gengahr’s evolution of their new songs . “Adding some new stuff to the set that includes the songs from the debut album that always adds a level of excitement to it,” admits the frontman.

“We’re listening back and making tweaks and just kind of finalising everything,” he smiles, their last week in the studio drawing to a close. “It’s the hard bit now. It’s the letting go!”.

A dark, dreamy dose of romantic pop that rises and falls between icy climes of quivering vocals to the warm, dark depths of fluid driving riffs. There’s touches of psychedelia, swirling elegantly around simplistic melodies that soothe and gently etch themselves into your mind. Gengahr are in no rush to make an impression you, this is no deluge of dream pop, it is not intended to blast you away floundering and wondering what’s going on. It’s a far more gentle, progressive record that washes over you in slight ebbs and flows and allows you to drift away, tuning into the occasional raucous solo. Stick on “Bathed In Light” and try not to picture yourself rowing a raft, your toes dangling in the water. Delightful grooves accompany perfected guitar effects of John Victor, but Gengahr are a band we’re already eager to hear develop, from their already irresistible sound that can slot neatly into practically any mood.

In March last year, The band Gengahr emerged from north London with breakthrough demo ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’, a vampiric love song on which singer Felix Bushe implored, “Let me in/So I can drink from you”. The quartet’s debut album sounds just as unsettling. “I’ve changed for the better now there’s metal in my heart”, sings Bushe in his delicate falsetto on the iridescent ‘Heroine’, like some kind of lovelorn Iron Man. ‘Lonely As A Shark’, meanwhile, has him “lonely as a shark in a dark room, counting away” over rippling guitars, and the woozy ‘She’s A Witch’ wonders “Maybe she’ll sink, maybe she’ll fly/I caught a witch that cries all the time”. Throughout these 11 gently psychedelic tracks, John Victor weaves an aura of calm via unconventional but pretty guitar patterns that counterbalance Bushe’s romantic tribulations. The result is a record that cloaks Gengahr’s inherent weirdness in peaceful melodies you’ll want to wallow in for hours.

GENGAHR – ” Tired Eyes “

Posted: September 29, 2015 in MUSIC
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Gengahr have quickly released a follow up from their debut album ‘A Dream Outside‘ with the release of a brand new EP entitled ‘Tired Eyes‘.

The EP will also play a part in the deluxe edition of ‘A Dream Outside’ which is out on Wednesday (September 30th), and contains tracks such as ‘Loki’ and ‘Fade To Black’ recorded with producer Nicolas Vernhes.

“We have been huge admirers of Nicholas Vernhes and all the incredible records he has produced and recorded,” frontman Felix Bushe says. “It was a real dream come true to find that he was a fan of what we were doing and be given the opportunity to work together and a song of ours.”

Beginning on October 6th in Brighton, Gengahr will spend more than a month on a European tour which eventually ends at the Festival Les Indisciplinées in Lorient, France on November 14th.

The London band have released the latest visuals for their track ‘Fill my Gums With Blood’, taken from their amazing debut LP on Transgressive Recordings A Dream Outside” leaving the video to get a little messy.

With a soiree on to the stages of Reading and Leeds festival set for this weekend Gengahr are looking to capitalise on their critical acclaim and turn cult status in to a clamouring crowd and a bouncing field.

Following the announcement of their UK Tour in November the band had this to say about ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’.

“The second time we went in to the studio we recorded the demo version of this song. Similarly to ‘She’s A Witch’ We liked the vibe of the demo so much that when it came to the album version we ended up going back to this version and just re-recording a few bits before mixing it again. This was the first song of ours that got played on the radio so in a way it feels a little bit like our breakthrough song on the album.”

Ahead of the new Gengahr album, We did a Fugazi cover, hope you like it! Our album is available for pre-order at gengahr.com if you do.

If being doe-eyed came with it’s own personal soundtrack, it would be written by Gengahr, and I mean that as an absolute compliment; the London quartet are like the “Girls” the UK never had. Soft spoken and delicately delivered, Gengahr have just produced an argent take on post-hardcore icons Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired”, which appears on the soundtrack to their Instrument documentary and remains one of the few examples of Ian Mackaye singing an actual melody.

Originally a minimal piano arrangement, Gengahr have drowned the track in a whirlpool of reverb, harmony and topped it off with 30 seconds of rightrous shredding. Somehow, the result is even more wistful than a fed up Ian Mackaye counting proverbial black sheep.

Pre-order on www.gengahr.com

Slated for a June 15th release through Transgressive Records, North London’s Gengahr are pleased to announce their debut album A Dream Outside.

Picking up where 2014 left off Gengahr marked out their intentions for 2015 with an opening slot on Alt-J’s European tour and the release of the gloriously spellbinding ‘She’s A Witch’, which received acclaim from the likes of The Sunday Times, Independent, DIY and NME

 

Gengahr perform “She’s A Witch” at the BBC Introducing & PRS for Music Foundation showcase at Latitude 30 in Austin, Texas. Gengahr are shaping up to have a busy Autumn with the announcement that the London based quartet will heading out across October on their biggest headline tour to date.

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Before that, Gengahr will release their much anticipated debut album, ‘A Dream Outside’ on June 15th through Transgressive RecordsGengahr will play:

October 2015

  • 06 Brighton, Komedia
  • 07 Bristol, Exchange
  • 08 London, Scala
  • 09 Nottingham, Bodega
  • 10 Oxford, The Bullingdon
  • 12 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
  • 13 Norwich, Arts Centre
  • 14 Cambridge, Portland Arms
  • 16 Manchester, Deaf Institute
  • 17 Leeds, Wardrobe
  • 19 Glasgow, King Tuts
  • 20 Newcastle, Think Tank
  • 21 Sheffield, The Harley

Premiere - Gengahr Deliver A Silky, Romantic Rush On 'Heroine'

They’ve been teasing us with their blend of beautifully tender lyrics and sultry guitars since uploading a handful of demos late in 2013 but now comes the real thing. North London quartet Gengahr are readying their debut album, ‘A Dream Outside’, and it promises to be one of 2015’s most quixotic releases. The silky ‘Heroine’ is the latest cut to be revealed from it – you should be familiar with previous singles ‘Powder’ and ‘She’s A Witch’ by now, while rerecorded versions of those early demos also feature on the final tracklisting – and it’s a spiralling, romantic rush as Felix Bushe coos “Sure, you can be my heroine/All I ask is that you wait for me” and John Victor’s ever more distinctive billow gorgeously underneath. In short, it’s totally divine.

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‘A Dream Outside’ is released on June 15 via Transgressive Records. Its tracklisting is as follows:

‘Dizzy Ghosts’
‘She’s A Witch’
‘Heroine’
‘Bathed In Light’
‘Where I Lie’
‘Dark Star’
‘Embers’
‘Powder’
‘Fill My Gums With Blood’
‘Lonely As A Shark’
‘Trampoline’