Hey! Manchester presents Gang
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Fuzzed-out dirge-pop Brighton brotherhood Gang are set to melt minds and touch souls alike with the announcement of their new AA-side single Animalia / Breath Before Death for a 11 December release via Corner Shop Pop Records.
Speaking of lead track Animalia, frontman Eric Tormey questions, ‘are we simply organic machines programmed by nature, or is there something more to being alive? Is our existence just a series of chemical reactions that can be replicated in artificial intelligence, or does life contain energy which can’t be manufactured? If my brain constitutes my whole being, is my skeleton inside of me or am I inside of my skeleton?’
Birthed in the summer of 2014 at a Canterbury club night called the Hoochie Coochie, brothers Eric (guitar, vocals) and Jimi Tormey (drums, vocals), alongside bassist Joe Hunt, formed an alliance to bold sonic and artistic realms anew. Teaming with Margate-based promoters Art’s Cool, Gang developed their own scene, putting on DIY shows in miniature theatres, disused art studios, and even bowling alleys, to showcase new music, art and poetry that had crawled out of the sea-soaked woodwork.
Just as that scene began to burgeon, Jimi moved to Brighton to study English, leaving an insurmountable geographical gap between the band members. Soon after, with little encouragement needed, the others followed suit and fell into a well-developed music scene upon arrival almost by accident. Finding their feet at various unbridled basement gigs, in January 2015 Gang teamed with fellow Brighton-dweller Theo Verney to record their Silverback cassette, which sold out instantly.
Having since won acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing’s Record Of The Week for their single Eye Garden, along with NME’s Band Of the Day, Gang recently featured on Conor Oberst’s Team Love Records / Sexx Tapes collaborative cassette release, Margate, Kent vs New Paltz, New York, with a launch night curated by DIY Magazine.
‘Gang conjure the sound of a descending smoke cloud: intoxicating, sinister and ominous’ – Best Fit
‘A sludgey-as-hell trio from Brighton… somewhere between the dark side of Dinosaur Jr and a weary Black Sabbath‘ – NME
‘Pitting the shade of grunge with the rainbow adventure of psychedelia, Gang are simply beautiful’ – DIY