It’s now over six years since I first reported on the Brighton / London based psych rockers, The Gaa Gaas, both here on LOUD HORIZON and also in Artrocker Magazine. They fast became one of my favourite bands of the time and it seemed that they could do no wrong.
But they did. Big time.
To say they ‘lost their way,’ would be a gross understatement. For several years, all went quiet, save for the entertaining, but sometimes quite alarming Facebook posts from vocalist / guitarist, Gavin Tate.
Gavin takes up the story:
“Since the 2010 release of our debut single ‘Voltaire,’ the band has survived a rather turbulent time that encompassed battles with record labels and the more serious issue of band members being imprisoned for drug importation. This obviously led to the cancellation of planned European tours and further releases.”
“But we’ve given ourselves a shake, and there’s no more of that rubbish.”
“We’ve again recruited our former keyboard player, Peter Haas, and along with Jamey Exton on bass and Stewart Brown on drums, we’re raring to go again. Our new single ‘Close Your Eyes,‘ is set for release on 29th February on our own ‘Movement-2 Records’ label, and our debut album will follow. I know – it’s been a long time coming!”
The single is a controversial message inspired by recent catastrophic happenings in Syria, and evidences a kind of hard hitting, old school punk sensibility whilst still retaining that trademark Gaa Gaas fuzzed-up distortion. It’s backed with the Cure-esque (‘Seventeen Seconds’) track, ‘Indian Giver.’ Both tracks can be listened to below, together with the track that kicked things off, before things really kicked off, for the Gaa Gaas, the excellent ‘Voltaire.’
A video, directed by the acclaimed director of Versace adverts, Boldizsar CR, will be unleashed shortly to coincide with the official release of the single.
They have the sounds; they have the contacts; they have the style. They have also learnt the lessons of their past and The Gaa Gaas are keen to make up for lost time.
(A split single cassette, with Krautrockers, Vagus, will also be released, on Bubble Brain Records in the Spring, and will feature an alternative version of ‘Indian Giver.’)