Gengahr at the Courtyard Theatre, Shoreditch, 25 November 2016

Tonight, after a couple of beers to see off a Kiwi colleague who’s heading back to New Zealand, I went to see my favourite indie band of recent times, Gengahr. Always such a great band live, and, as you’ll know if you follow this blog, I loved their debut album from 2015, “A Dream Outside”. I made it my top album of the year.


The show tonight was a mix of established favourites and new songs. The new stuff sounded pretty good, with that same combination of sharp, twisted melodies and strident riffs. Looking forward to the new album, whenever it comes out. And the “old” stuff – well they just couldn’t go wrong. “Heroine”, “Bathed in Light”, “Embers”, “Fill my Gums with Blood”, “Dizzy Ghosts”, and, as a parting shot, the anthemic “She’s a Witch”, followed, as an encore, by my very favourite Gengahr song, “Powder”. That woozy vocal and those awesome guitars. Just love it.


Singer and guitarist Felix Bushe


Lead guitarist John Victor, floppy indie fringe dissolved in the heat!

The set was short but sweet – less than an hour. But what a good hour it was. As I always say about this band, they deserve to be huge. They’ve got an enthusiastic following, which gave the Courtyard a great atmosphere tonight. Can they make the next step?


We await that second album.

About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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