Gengahr’s last trip to Sheffield saw them at The Harley a year ago. The narrow ketchup-stained walls felt claustrophobic for a band who project massive psychedelic groove, but here they find themselves again, in one of Sheffield’s pocket-sized independent bars.
Perhaps it’s more to do with the band’s modesty than their success. Their stellar debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ was one of the tightest of 2015 but never really jumped out of its vibrant record sleeve. Tonight at Bungalows and Bears though, they shift a gear. Armed with more loop pedals and overzealous guitar solos which Kevin Parker would lap up, the first date of their UK tour gets underway.
Familiar material, ‘Heroine’, ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ and ‘Bathed In Light’ all petter along, but ‘Dizzy Ghosts’ and ‘Embers’ get heads twitching. This tour isn’t just a post-album glory lap though; the four piece bring with them a hefty portion of new music. Lead singer Felix Bushe’s wincing vocals become more elongated and wiry, teetering on Jack Steadman’s (Bombay Bicycle Club) fractured voice the new tracks are more intriguing, unfolding in a similar demeanour to ‘I Had The Blues…’ Bushe emphasises that tonight is the first chance to “test” these but needn’t reassure. Gengahr’s second album sounds pepped up and ready to be unleashed.
Photos by Lewis Evans.