Despite the lack of new material in over a year, it hasn’t stopped Gengahr from setting off on their second headline UK tour. I caught up with frontman Felix Bushe before their stop at the Louisiana on Wednesday.
Speaking to Felix regarding the tour, he said whilst not officially releasing any new tracks, this was exactly the point of this tour in which they hope to showcase some of their new material. “It’s all part of our grand plan – we want to get feedback from our fans and experiment with what works and what doesn’t.” He comments. I asked them what reception they have received from crowds that they have already played their music to. “The reception has been really good, we’ve played some new songs over the summer at Reading and Leeds, a lot of all day festivals so each crowd have been different but it’s been good – we’re excited to get out on our tour now”. He also notes that the bands dream, like most artists, would be to headline the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival.
The London based four-piece have just toured with Grammy nominated rock band Wolf Alice which consisted of sell-out shows all over Europe. I asked Felix what it was like touring with the guys and he only had good things to say – informing it was perfect timing for them to tour in between albums and they all are good mates.
“We wanted to push ourselves with the new stuff, pushing our instrumental side and exploring our live sound”
Bristol is one of the only sold-out shows in this month’s tour and I noticed a pattern in terms of small, intimate spaces being the band’s choice of venues; I asked whether it was in relation to smaller venue’s shutting down as well as bigger venues like London’s Fabric. Felix admitted it was more to do with budget but that he was supportive of intimate venues, especially for the fans.
With the tour ending in Manchester, I questioned him on what we could expect from the new album. “We wanted to push ourselves with the new stuff, pushing our instrumental side and exploring our live sound and how we can translate the energy on stage into the studio” Felix explains. “This is why we’re doing this tour almost as a trial and error, a healthy full circle and then onto the album” he continues.
Gengahr are full of energy, delivering electrifying riffs and catchy vocals – I am personally really excited to hear what they’re going to bring to the Louisiana on Wednesday. The weather is poor and predictable but the evening sure won’t be!
Check out the video for ‘Heroine’ below.