In a this segment All Music Magazine UK/Europe we will be spotlighting some of the bands and artists that we think are going to get people talking in the next 12 months; bands and artists we think you should check out to stay ahead of the curve.
So look out because here come THE GULPS and they mean business!!!!
Based in London and hailing from all different parts of Europe and the Middle East, The Gulps are made up of Harry All – Lead Vocals, Franco Buffone – Guitar, Charlie Green – Guitar, Simon Mouchard – Bass and Raoul Khayat – Drums they fill the air with a unique take on classic power pop, which blends the energy of punk and sonic 60’s grooves and it all crashes together in something quite raw, energetic, wonderful and joyous.
Lyrically informed poetry, sharing tales from our cities and their experiences, swagger and enthusiasm bond together to make an exciting and engaging mix that invites the listener to a boys/girls club that’s open for all. As this band expand alongside the interest and expectations of their growing audience, they attain charisma, appeal and clout, exploiting the forces that set them into motion and allowing those who listen to echo the power on show.
The band recorded their debut single “In The Kings House” at The Doghouse Studios with legendary producer and Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover “Youth”, and recently signed to legendary record label guru Alan McGee’s new label “It’s Creation Baby”. things seem to be travelling along quite nicely thank you.
For fans of The Strokes, The Hives, The Clash and The Kinks
DEBUT SINGLE ‘IN THE KINGS HOUSE’ OUT NOW!
So Desh Kapur Editor/Photographer at All Music Magazine UK/Europe decided it was time to have a little chat with them to see where they came from and what they have been up to and what their plans for the future are.
Due to Covid face to face interviews are a not permitted so email was the medium of choice.
What is the story behind your name?
The aim of The Gulps is to create an audible experience so powerful that it rouses a strong emotional response in the listeners. A response so moving that their ears are undulating, their eyes are boggled and their saliva glands are running, resulting in the only physical manifestation worthy of such a reaction- a gulp. When you think of all the times we find ourselves gulping, it is in the moments of sheer bamboozlement and disbelief at what we are sensually experiencing.
What first got you into music? or Who inspired you to make music?
Basically when I was a teenager and discovered The Beatles everything changed. I’ve been studying and playing music all my life but nothing was serious till the fab4 came into my life. Then the whole 60s music scene, fashion and culture blew my mind.
How did you all meet?
We met at college. We were all studying music at ICMP and wanted to join a band.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
You could call it BritPop Punk haha. But to be honest I’d just call it rock and roll.
What is your creative process like?
You never know when magic is gonna happen but we try to call the Muses everyday. We usually wake up early, have a coffee, a smoke, and start to write. Coming up with chords and lyrics first then arranging the song with the band in the rehearsal room. We’re also recording lots of demos to shape as much as possible all the parts and harmonies and experiment with arrangement and sounds.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
I could make a huge list but The Rolling Stones would be insane. Also Primal Scream, Fontaines DC, The Libs, The Strokes, Oasis (if they ever play again) and you know, many many more…
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Life is for living!
What is the most useless talent you have?
Playing left handed guitar and fishing.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Not really… The sound of water is already a great melody.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I’d be in a spaceship somewhere up there.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
Obviously playing big festivals such as Mad Cool or Truck with massive artists is fucking cool. But playing small venues and get them packed is also a crazy dancing feeling. We love the sound and vibes at The Windmill, Nambucca or The Monarch (sadly doesn’t exist anymore). The least we’d say Space of Life. Nothing against the venue but we were just kicked out by the promoter on the 3rd song.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Stuck in the City. What a banger.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
Again I could make an endless list but let’s name a few: Serge Gainsbourg, Lou Reed, Jerry Garcia, Patti Smith, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Janis Joplin, Ray Davies………………….
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
When I was arrested I guess.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Keep going and smash it!
What’s next for you?
We just signed with Alan McGee a couple of weeks ago which is a dream come true for us. I’d say the next thing for us is an incredible journey that has just started and is gonna take us to the place where we belong.
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30TH May The George Tavern LONDON sold out
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.