When you struggle to find standing room at a gig, you know the band is on to something great. It was Gengahr’s first headline show in Nottingham, and they certainly didn’t disappoint the packed, swaying crowds at Bodega.
Arriving at seven, queues were already lining the street. By the time the doors opened at eight, the line had gone round the corner. This was the sort of reception one wouldn’t expect for a band that have only just released their debut album ‘A Dream Outside’. Yet, it is immediately evident that Gengahr have caught on to something different. Recently back from their festival tour – including a visit to Australia’s much hyped Splendour in the Grass – the band have returned with a new confidence and a new legion of fans.
With Cash+David as their supporting act, the tone was immediately set with a passionate performance. The electro-pop duo’s haunting lyrics and enchanting vocals had heads bobbing immediately. At several points, members of the audience were heard remarking of their surprise at the quality of the act to their friends.
Gengahr’s appearance on stage drew a loud cheer from the crowds. The London based four-piece have quickly amassed a keen following over the last year after supporting Alt-J and capturing the interest of the Indie listeners. Their single, ‘Heroine’, received a great reception and the instrumental was well received. Felix’s falsetto vocal drew the crowds in and within moments the whole room was swaying to their addictive arrangements. This enchanting vocal soon turned to unnerving when ‘She’s a Witch’ began. The haunting song had shivers running up your spine, and more cheers from the eager listeners.
Gengahr play with passion, and it is very clear from the start that they enjoy every moment of what they do. With two of the band having met whilst in primary school, and the other two joining in the years since, the group’s dynamic relationship is evident in their shared grins and seamlessly play together on stage.
By Kit Bodine & Keira Andrews