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Gulp live at The Shacklewell Arms, London
If Gulp have passed you by up until now, then perhaps the most significant thing of note in their back story is that Guto Pryce, the Super Furry Animals bassist is a main member and heavy contributor to their output. Tonight is the London launch party for debut album Season Sun due for release on 14th July on Sonic Cathedral – and as teasers go, it’s pretty promising stuff. Stylistically there’s a nice mash of the different elements coming together as an interesting whole – Lindsey Levin does the whole seductive and often summery vocals thing with great success (think Alison Goldfrapp a little I guess), guitarist Gid Goundrey brings some country twang and shimmer, and Pryce himself has great melody in his playing – imposing that trait well in everything they do. Altogether it’s a kind of rodeo psych-pop, there’s some breezy, airy, poppish good vibes, some grit, some drive – at times it meanders a little, but at others it’s incredibly arresting – it’s difficult to pin them down, which is always a compliment, and with anything so, makes it music worthy of some further investigation. Especially worthy of tracking down for a listen is set (and album) closer “I Want To Dance” which is brilliant here tonight, and is pretty indicative of what Gulp do well – give it a listen, and give anything by Gulp a listen really - I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all.