Who is this?
Gengahr are a five-piece indie band hailing from London, who have already impressed with their early Demo E.P. , going on to gain a slot at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage. They’ve gained huge support from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and have recently recorded a Maida Vale session, showcasing equally impressive new material. The band already looks set for a bright future.
What do they sound like?
Gengahr are a band heavily focussed on whimsical soft vocals and stripped back guitars and the result is beautiful indie pop music. Their songs are doused in sunshine, featuring funky guitar hooks and jangling drums for an uplifting, jubilant atmosphere. However, under this happy-go-lucky exterior, you can’t help feeling there’s an underlying feeling of sadness to each of their songs. But this is what makes Gengahr so intriguing- they’re delicate, sophisticated and up-beat all at the same time, a unique combination that works so well. The guitar sound they produce is almost reminiscent of Half Moon Run or Daughter, with those intricate guitar flickers and glimmering little solos. It’s a wonderfully fresh sound with some spiralling textures. But that’s not to say they can’t produce a bigger sound as they prove in their song “Dizzy Ghosts”, a mixture of apprehensive vocals and uplifting chants, with much heavier riffs and drumming.
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What’s the final verdict?
With a string of small festival slots throughout summer, Gengahr are looking like a band with big potential. Their subdued brand of indie pop is a welcome change to the usual indie guitar bands. It’s a diverse and mellow sound that merely needs to be fine-tuned in to a more consistent sound; the rest is pretty much all there. Remember, that’s Gengahr with a H, not to be confused with Gengar, the dastardly purple Pokémon!
Words by Guy Arrowsmith.