Review #82: Gengahr – A Dream Outside

Artist – Gengahr
Album – A Dream Outside (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/5rhAbIFPIKau2zKUjWC3CR

Gengahr are an alternative band from London, UK. The band are pretty new, therefore really don’t have much information to go by on the interweb, therefore this bio will be a little shorter than usual. Gengahr consist of four members, Felix, Danny, John, Hugh. The band initially sparked interest in late 2013 releasing a few demos which showed off their entrancing harmonies and soft guitar work. Gengahr are now ready to release their highly anticipated debut album ‘A Dream Outside’, lets hope it lives up to the hype.

Within the first few seconds of listening to ‘A Dream Outside’ i have to admit i was a bit disappointed and annoyed. As beautiful as the vocals harmonies and guitar melodies are, their particular sound can be heard throughout every alt-indie band around today, that mellon collie un-confrontational sound. My perception of this album was almost instantly changed once the change in dynamics kicked in, distorted guitars show up, rough synths can be heard and fast more aggressive drum beats add excitement to the tracks. Now don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t become a Cancer Bats or Bad Brains album by any means, but more in the same vein as The Smashing Pumpkins, including those soft songs like ‘Today’ which grow into something more impactful. This style can be heard mostly in the song ‘Embers’ which builds in dynamics and instrumentation, and The Smashing Pumpkins influence is heard straight away with the intro riff of ‘Heroine’, my two personal favourites of ‘A Dream Outside’. Lyrically this album is well written as well, mostly the typical love influenced songs, however cleverly written, not too obvious and upfront in its message.

‘A Dream Outside’ is a fantastic debut album, certainly i feel meeting the expectations that Gengahr’s initial demos gave the album. It meets those sounds and styles that have become very popular nowadays within the indie scene but adds a little testosterone to the mix, and as mentioned influence from an exceptionally great band (The Smashing Pumpkins).

8/10

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