Okay, I was at SXSW this year again and that’s the only thing I’m really thankful for this go around. Yes, I saw some great bands. Yes, I wore my feet out walking all over the place. And, considering what happened in front the Mohawk, I seriously survived. Continue reading SXSW 2014: Surviving Another Guantlet
Nowadays you’re seeing synthesizers that replace vocals in bands. Gallops is another case. Together Dave Morait, Mark Huckridge, Brad Whyte, and Paul Maurice make up the collective that is Gallops. Hailing from Wales in jolly ole England, Gallops combines the grungy rock of a Deep Purple with the synth edge of Nine Inch Nails or Gary Numan. Once again it’s all sounds and no vocals and that’s okay with me. The big theme I’m getting from SXSW, which Gallops will be playing at this year, is electronic bleeps. It seems every band layers some sort of eclectic click here and there to complicate a straightforward sounds.
The “Gallops EP” follows right along. From their main jam ‘Miami Spider’ to some lesser known songs like ‘Defbox,’ Gallops drops in electronic blankets to warm up the already harsh sound they bring. Going back to my Deep Purple reference, I get the feeling that they are conjuring up the ghost that band (whom still tours by the way) and then blow it up by adding video game like sounds on top. It’s as if Mega Man dropped his arm cannon and went for the guitar axe. Check out the EP below.