Thrash Hits Verdict:
You know sometimes you spend ages and ages searching for something, only for it to turn up – seemingly at random – stuffed down the back of the sofa? Well, that kinda happened with our interview with Gurt – it popped up at us yesterday when we were searching our email for something completely different altogether. Anyway, here’s what Gurt frontman and When Planets Collide promoter, Gareth Kelly, had to say about his band when we gave him a Future Hits grilling back at the start of this summer.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Scrumpy Fuelled Riffage
How did you meet?
At a Wurzels tribute concert, we were all wasted on poppers and met in the gents toilet after having the most epic swashbuckler of sword fights we announced to all that to create the ultimate Sludge beast was the way forward!
What made you want to start a band?
The usual story really, it all started out as a joke. Jamie [McCathie, guitar], Simo [Edwards, drums], and John [Hughes, bass] play in another band called Rowse. and I went on tour with them to film it all. One night over a drunken chat about the heavier side of music it was decided it would be funny to have a practice together as we all loved Iron Monkey and wanted to try and cover a song or 2 of theirs but it turned out that we all really enjoyed it and it worked. So here we are now.
Where did the name come from?
It’s Bristolian slang used to exaggerate what your saying, basically it means ‘Very’ and as most of us are from that way and we see ourselves as ‘Very’ heavy it seemed to fit perfectly!
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Most of us grew up in the South West (Dorset and Somerset) and I think that has made a massive impact on the band, from the name to the amount of Cider consumed. Although we take influence from the NOLA scene we love the West country and try as best we can to marry the two. One song in particular is about my hatred for bands putting on Yank accents (when they are quite obviously from Wales for example) so I would say ideas like that have come from being proud of Dorset and in particular the strong accent that should be celebrated and not shied away from.
What are your non-musical influences?
Gardening, John Deere tractors, Dancing on Ice and Yorkshire tea.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Discovering how bad tinnitus can be and having to ask anyone talking to you to repeat themselves 5 times.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
Iron Monkey, Led Zeppelin OR Black Sabbath. I don’t mind which one…
Listen to ‘Swoffle’ by Gurt:
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
The Doom/Sludge scene is so alive right now in the UK there are too many to mention, but to name just a few: Sedulus, Dead Existence, Funeral Hag, ENOS, Iron Witch, Ishmael, Slabdragger…
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We are way more upbeat than most Sludge bands and thankfully don’t have the abnormally long track lengths! We also unashamedly love the blues, that’s fairly apparent in our music.
What’s the funniest show you’ve played?
Headlining a gig at my work place after hours, We stood out like a sore thumb as the other acts were indie/jazz bands. But we had 40 year old women dancing at the front and we went down really well. Shortly after starting though the council turned up and tried to shut it down because of the volume, so I don’t think they will be doing anything like that again!
What other band should everyone find out about?
Dopefight. BUDS is the NUTS!!!
You can check out Gurt’s music right now over on their Bandcamp page. Gurt are also playing a show with Trippy Wicked in Oxford in December, so if that’s your neck of the woods, make sure you The Wheatsheaf on December 11 for some serious alco-sludge.