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GENGAHR are back out playing live shows in intimate venues ahead of the release of their eagerly anticipated sophomore record.

Ahead of the show, frontman Felix Bushe told us to: “Expect some new music in the not too distant future,” and they certainly delivered that. Playing a string of unheard tracks to the Middlesbrough Westgarth crowd, the band’s latest music sounds very Bombay Bicycle Club-esque (in my opinion).

Alongside these were the classics from their debut LP, A Dream Outside such as Dizzy Ghosts and possibly their most popular hit Fill My Gums With Blood to keep fans onside. Their precision to detail and tightness is second to none and it was a real pleasure to see their development in between albums.

Closing with She’s A Witch, the four-piece played a sub-hour set, but it was enough to get a feel for what is to come from Gengahr. This was their first time in Middlesbrough and I hope they return to the town again sooner rather than later.

Support came from two Hartlepool bands. First up was Plaza who are joining Gengahr in Newcastle tonight (3 December) and opened for them in Leeds earlier in the week. Their stage presence and quality is increasing with every performance and blasting out hits such as Youth, Fickle and Origami made coming down early worth it.

Para Alta were also on the bill. No strangers to Westgarth Social Club having supported the likes of DMA’s and Catfish and the Bottlemen there, their set was filled with harmonies and enjoyable melody based hits. Backseat Driver was amongst the setlist and it should be interesting to see where they go from here.

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Tickets for the rest of Gengahr’s tour are available here.


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