The surroundings of Brighton’s DIY darling venue Green Door Store – and before you ask, yes the front door is green – is the perfect hide away for Gengahr’s 2nd UK headline tour. The venue, situated beneath Brighton’s historical train station, provides the perfect DIY feel for Gengahr’s haunting yet melodic sound. The 4 piece are no strangers to the live circuit, having played huge support slots with the likes of The Maccabees, Alt J and most recently a string of dates across Europe with Wolf Alice.
The night starts with support band Caro, who prove to be the perfect warm up for tonight’s headliners. The Leeds-based 3-piece seamlessly mix the indie riffs of Bombay Bicycle Club with the melodies and harmonies of Alt J, providing a perfect start to what will be an evening filled with melodic indie – don’t be surprised to see these lads gaining a lot of attention in 2017.
There’s a sense of innocence about watching a band set up their own equipment before a show – especially when the band concerned are the headline act -but this is exactly what Gengahr do, a humanisation of a band that have been touring relentlessly since the release of their debut album A Dream Outside in 2015. As the group take to the stage to huge cheers, they provide proof that they aren’t short on confidence by opening with a brand new track ‘Mallory’, a song of the same ilk that Gengahr fans have come to know and love, with frontman Felix’s soft and assured vocals and those feel good riffs that are perfect for any mood. The 4-piece roll through the set effortlessly, with debut album favourites ‘Heroine’, ‘Dizzy Ghosts’ and ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ all sounding heavenly in the tiny DIY venue. Plenty of new songs were also given a run – it sounds like the band aren’t making too many changes to their winning formula on their forthcoming LP.
Tonight’s set closer ‘She’s A Witch’ brings along the nights biggest sing a long and the perfect end to a melodic night. The return of Gengahr to these shores is one that brings masses amount of excitement along with it. With another album on the horizon in the new year and the band sounding as tight as they’ve ever been, 2017 is shaping up nicely for Gengahr.
Words by Callum McCormack