North London enthralling quartet Gengahr – Felix Bushe (vocals / guitar), Hugh Schulte (bass), John Victor (guitar), Danny Ward (drums / vocals) – have their impressive debut album ‘A Dream Outside’, out now via Transgressive Records. From the album, here’s the Connor Gilhooly-directed video to accompany, their intoxicating & hypnotic guitar-pop gem ‘Heroine’.
Here’s a stripped back video, created by Billy Howard Price and filmed by Ollie Thomas of evocative early b-side ‘Haunter’. Felix explains:”Although ‘Haunter’ isn’t on our debut album, it is still a very special song to us. We made a little video for it whilst on the set of ‘She’s A Witch’ – take a look!”
And…Check out their reinterpretation of Fugazi’s ‘I’m So Tired’. As frontman Felix Bushe explains… “Fugazi was a group that really influenced us early on when we started playing in bands. The song is a real favourite of ours and a bit of a hidden gem. There’s very little instrumentation on the original, so we had a lot of freedom to elaborate.”
First up , can you tell us how did you form the band and why did you choose the name Gengahr?
I (Felix) went to school with Dan and Hugh and we met John about 4 years ago now when we were playing in other bands.
We originally started out as RES but had to change our name because it was already taken by a rapper in New York. We spent a couple of days thinking of new names and everything we came up with just sounded really annoying and pretentious. In the end after a few beers we thought it would be funny just to name ourselves after our favorite pokemon. We added the H to avoid any copyright issues. (we’d had enough of those already.)
Your debut album it’s out NOW!, tell us 5 things we should know about it.
It’s called ‘A Dream Outside’. We co-produced it with the talented James Bragg. It was recorded on a farm in Devon. We wrote and recorded the album in between tours during our first year as Gengahr.
The songs are full of fantasy. The sorts of things a child would probably enjoy.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Bowie and Lou Reed are probably my biggest ones. David Lynch and Terry Gilliam are idols of mine as well.
What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
Being skint.Who has helped you the most get to where you are today?
I think mostly it has been the other members of Gengahr. They are incredibly gifted musicians and they have been very kind to put up with me all these years.
You (played at Glastonbury and also as a support with The Strokes in Hyde Park, London)…Next you are playing at Reading + Leeds, Latitude…Tell us why we should be there.
If you wanna chill out and catch some sweet vibes then our stage is the one for you.
What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?
Well the inflatables at Glastonbury were pretty fun but I think they have officially put a stop to that this year… I wanna see more people full on dancing at shows. Night Fever style.
What distracts you while you’re on stage?
People singing along. It’s a very new experience for me but whenever I notice it I completely forget the lyrics!
What kind of music do you listen to?
All sorts really depends on my mooood. Today mostly classic fm. Mostly becuase I enjoyed the juxtaposition of driving a white removals van and pumping out Mozart at full volume.
What’s coming next for you?
Our album launch! It’s next week and it’s in our local Cinema called the RIO. It’s gonna be real spesh.
2nd July – ROUGH TRADE EAST INSTORE @ 7pm
3rd July – Blissfields Festival
7th July – Festival de la Cite, Lausanne
17th July – Latitude Festival
18th July – Longitude Festival
19th July – Melt! Festival
24th July – Splendour In The Grass
26th July – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
27th July – Newtown Social Club, Sydney
2nd August – Y Not Festival
28 – 30th August – Reading & Leeds Festival
05th September – Soundrive Festival
06th October – Brighton Komedia
07th October – Bristol Exchange
8th October – London Scala
9th October – Nottingham Bodega
10th October – Oxford The Bullingdon
12th October – Birmingham Hare & Hounds
13th October – Norwich Arts Centre
14th October – Cambridge Portland Arms
16th October – Manchester Deaf Institute
17th October – Leeds Wardrobe
19th October – Glasgow King Tuts
20th October – Newcastle Think Tank
21st October – Sheffield The Harley
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk
Photo by Hollie Fernando