A breakthrough 2014 saw Gengahr establish themselves as one of the most exciting new groups around today with début single ‘Powder’/’Bathed In Light’ earning support from the likes of Huw Stephens, NME, The Guardian and Blogotheque; whilst both tracks were playlisted at BBC 6Music and XFM, as well as hitting the blog-aggregating Hype Machine charts.
It was a year that also found the band taking on festival stages across the globe, with Glastonbury, Latitude and MIDI among those subject to their smoky and catchy performances. Subsequent tours with fellow underground heroes Wolf Alice and Superfood slotted perfectly alongside the larger stages they shared with Dry The River, Jungle and The Maccabees; sculpting their sound to a perfect point. And 2015 shows no sign of this slowing – after “queue round the block”‘ performances at Eurosonic, the band have just returned from supporting Alt-J at the O2 arena and their European tour. After returning from SXSW they return to join Circa Waves on their UK tour and play with The Strokes at Hyde Park for British Summer Time.
Latest release Haunter see’s a different take on the hazy melodic guitar-pop of previous efforts, the stripped back acoustic sound provides a perfectly evocative foil for Felix Bushe’s fragile vocal.
Last year the band signed to indie super-label Transgressive and with the upcoming release of their as-yet-untitled debut album in May, it’s clear this is a band to watch.
Catch them live:
25th March – Bleach, Brighton (tickets)
26th March – The Boston Arms, London (tickets)
2nd April – New Slang, London (supporting Circa Waves)
8th April – Riverside, Newcastle (supporting Circa Waves)
9th April – Garage, Glasgow (supporting Circa Waves)
10th April – Leadmill, Sheffield (supporting Circa Waves)
11th April – O2 Academy, Liverpool (supporting Circa Waves)
13th April – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (supporting Circa Waves)
14th April – The Library @ Institute, Birmingham (supporting Circa Waves)
16th April – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth (supporting Circa Waves)
17th April – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (supporting Circa Waves)
18th April – Festival L’Ere de Rien, Nantes
20th April – PIAS Nites – Lido, Berlin
1st May – PIAS Nites – Melkweg, Amsterdam
14th-16th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
18th June – British Summer Time, London (supporting The Strokes)
21st June – Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek
3rd July – Blissfields, Winchester
17th-19th July – Melt Festival, Grafenhainchen
17th-19th July – Longitude Festival, Dublin