(photo credit: Carina Kehlet)
AA-side single ‘Animalia’ / ‘Breath Before Death’ out now via
Corner Shop Pop Records, 7” vinyl available from January 15th
Stream AA-side ‘Breath Before Death’ on SoundCloud
Watch A-side ‘Animalia’ below
Tour dates announced for January 2016
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Brighton’s Gang release their fuzz-ridden AA-side single ‘Animalia’ / ‘Breath Before Death’ digitally today via Corner Shop Pop Records, and are streaming the haunting flipside ‘Breath Before Death’ below.
“…down on that Brighton beach there’s something gut-wrenching afoot.” DIY
“Gang conjure the sound of a descending smoke cloud: intoxicating, sinister and ominous…” Best Fit
“a sludgey-as-hell trio from Brighton… somewhere between the dark side of Dinosaur Jr and a weary Black
“psychedelic pastorals ramped up with super-fuzz and crunched into songs via their joyous Grunge grind-up.”
Louder Than War
“Their mix of sludgy, doom-laden grunge creates an ink-black atmosphere…” The 405
Inspired by singing drummer Jimi Tormey wrestling with a fear of sleep, he explains, “it’s about the last breath you take before falling into the netherworld where nightmares and panic attacks loom, and that burning desire to pop out the netherworld’s nether region back out into the sunshine”.
Birthed in the summer of 2014 at a Canterbury club night called the Hoochie Coochie, brothers Eric (guitar, vocals) and Jimi Tormey (drums, vocals), alongside bassist Joe Hunt, formed an alliance to bold sonic and artistic realms anew. Teaming with Margate-based promoters Art’s Cool, Gang developed their own scene, putting on DIY shows in miniature theatres, disused art studios, and even bowling alleys, to showcase new music, art and poetry that had crawled out of the sea-soaked woodwork.
Just as that scene began to burgeon, Jimi moved to Brighton to study English, leaving an insurmountable geographical gap between the band members. Soon after, with little encouragement needed, the others followed suit and fell into a well-developed music scene upon arrival almost by accident. Finding their feet at various unbridled basement gigs, in January 2015 Gang teamed with fellow Brighton-dweller Theo Verney to record their ‘Silverback’ cassette which sold out instantly.
Having since won acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing’s Record Of The Week for their single Eye Garden’, along with NME’s Band Of the Day, Gang recently featured on Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records / Sexx Tapes collaborative cassette release, Margate, Kent vs New Paltz, New York, with a launch night curated by DIY Magazine.
Having shared the stage with the likes of Puppy, Traams, Kagoule, Demob Happy, Theo Verney and most recently Californian sludge lords Wand this year, Gang will play the following tour dates through January 2016.
Recorded at Barnroom Studios in Kent by Eric, ‘Animalia’ / ‘Breath Before Death’ is available to pre-order here, direct from Corner Shop Pop here, via iTunes and is available to stream on Spotify.
Artwork (created by Jordan Gray):
January tour dates:
14 Green Door Store, Brighton
15 The Shacklewell Arms, London
21 The Castle, Manchester
Gang are: Eric Tormey (vocals, guitar), Jimi Tormey (drums, vocals) and Joe Hunt (bass).