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.
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.