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The second album from Gengahr after 2015’s ‘A Dream Outside’, is a 12 track, 48-minute work produced by Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues) and which sees the North Londoners move onwards and upwards from their inaugural outing.

For their second round, Gengahr introduce a bigger, bolder sound, working shimmering synths in with intricate guitars, and Felix Bushe’s melodic falsetto vocal. Sprightly opener ‘Before Sunrise’ zips along with uplifting twinkling percussion, leading on to ‘Mallory’s effectively winding, jangly guitar tones that are punctuated by abundant synths. It is here where we see depth emerging, yet still retaining the infectious rhythms.

Yet when hearing the more psychedelically tinged ‘Is This How You Love’, where Bushe’s falsetto reaches its powered heights over trademark melodies, and the more choppy, swaggering ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, that Gengahr start to really kick in; a catchy, swaying vibe carrying it along  on a buoyant wave.

Trademark distortion comes in again on ‘Carrion’, rolling from a quasi-experimental start, upping the ante in an unrestrained four and a half minute rush in its midway position. The album title track employs delicately constructed guitars in a more low-key song to those that have preceded it, although it does break away at one point into rampant moment of forceful distortion. But both this, ‘Blind Truth’, and the fuzzy ‘Burning Air’ rather pale against the rest of the album.

The big finale comes in the shape of the rather majestic ‘Whole Again’. A swooning roll of layered vocals and indelible lyrics (“A lost cause, but I’ll do better I’m sure / And we could be whole again”), the guitars in its last half especially are really quite delicious.

‘Where Wildness Grows’ grew out of the two years spent writing and recording ‘A Dream Outside’, a process which saw them reject multiple recordings and eventually return to the drawing board, re-group and head back to the studio with a renewed clarity and artistic determination. From little seeds, big albums grow.

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As we eagerly await their second album, Gengahr have been so kind as to share the title track from their next LP Where The Wildness GrowsAs you can imagine, it’s damn near perfect for today, blustery, mystical and layered beyond all measure.

Following singles ‘Carrion’ and ‘Mallory’ the title track from the album, which is out on March 9th, Gengahr are upping the appetite for their second album with this one. It’s a moving and ultimately compelling track that again showcases that Gengahr are a band for the present and the future.

Speaking of the track, Felix Bushe said: “Where Wildness Grows is an attempt to figure out what it is that makes us get out of bed in the morning. Where do we find the passion to create the lives we want for ourselves? And with these great expectations and ambitions, how do we cope when things don’t go to plan? I’m still not sure…”

They also shared details of the first Gengahr and Friends exhibition, which will take place between 14th-20th March in Hackney’s Side A/Side B Gallery. It will feature work from the band’s own Hugh Schulte as well as work from artists such as Alt-J, Mystery Jets, Slaves, Marika Hackman and many more.

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The band manage to exert a sense of modernism while still putting out good old fashioned indie pop. It’s an interesting trick and one that can be seen clearly on the new track ‘Before Sunrise’.The cut is taken from their forthcoming album, ‘Where Wildness Grows’, which is out on March 9th via Transgressive Records. The follow up to their much-acclaimed debut ‘A Dream Outside’, was produced by Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues).

This track is another gem from these boys who are gifted when creating music to fit any scene you need. They can fill a party, they can wake you in the morning, they can burst your eardrums and soothe your soul. Gengahr have got it. Whatever ‘it’ is.

Following their recently new tracks ‘Carrion’ and ‘Mallory’ the North London based band are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Backed by everyone worth their salt Gengahr will continue to make music to live by.

Felix Bushe said: “’Before Sunrise’ is a song that celebrates the relief and simplicity one can find lost in the night. A clarity and single mindedness that doesn’t exist in day to day life. A beautiful weightlessness that gradually dissolves as the sun comes up”.

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It is with great pleasure that we finally get to announce what we’re sure a lot of you have suspected for a while now! We have a new album coming out and it is called ‘Where Wildness Grows’. It has been a labor of love to the full extent and we are dying for you all to hear it!. The first new track from Gengahr – Carrion – is now joined by another, Malloryand news of the album Where Wildness Grows from which they are both taken. It’ll be out in March next year, just before a UK tour .

Speaking of the new release, frontman Felix Bushe explained: “The journey has been far from straight-forward up until now and in many ways we are an altogether different band than the one that wrote ‘A Dream Outside’. Over the past two years, we have given everything in order to create an album that would meet all our ambitions, fulfilling our vision of what Gengahr is now…Having to reset, take stock and go at it again wasn’t easy, but we were confident in the songs we had. That is always the most important thing as an artist, above anything else. We are incredibly proud of the record we have made and beyond excited to release it into the world for others to enjoy.”

The album will be released on 9th March and in the mean time here’s our latest single ‘Mallory’, which you will be able to download immediately when you pre-order the album!

Due out on March 9th via Transgressive Records, the album is the follow-up to the band’s 2015 acclaimed debut ‘A Dream Outside’.

GENGAHR – ” Carrion “

Posted: September 22, 2017 in MUSIC
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Over the past two years we have been writing and recording the follow up to “A Dream Outside’. It is safe to say we have never worked harder and more creatively on anything in our lives. It is with great pleasure that we now get to share ‘Carrion’. It is a song unlike anything else we’ve previously released and feels seemingly appropriate to break the long silence. 

On the 13th of October we will be playing an intimate show at Omeara in London. Tickets  are now on sale right now .

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