After being propelled headfirst into the surreal world of overnight success throughout 2015, Gengahr are returning for a run gigs of intimate venues to clear their heads after a year that saw them release a debut album, sell out their own headline tour, appear at Glasto, Reading, Leeds and Latitude, becoming critical darlings, venture as far out as Australia on tour, and support the likes of Ezra Furman, Alt-J and Wolf Alice.
Considering all that, even this nineteen-date tour seems a little too short for their standards. Playing Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough on Thursday 1st December, and Jumpin’ Jacks in Newcastle on Saturday 3rd, it is abundantly clear that the band want to leave no stone unturned as they travel the absolute breadth of the country to thoroughly road test the material planned for their follow up to last year’s rip-roaring guitar-driven delight, A Dream Outside.
Considering many bands of their vocation are guilty of churning out half-baked and underwhelming debut albums to capitalise on their first fleeting glimpses of success, Gengahr are a rare case of absolute brilliance. With a dense sound that pulls together so many different styles and vibes, it’s abundantly clear why they’re getting all this attention; they bloody well deserve it.