Oh! Gunquit Review
March 10, 2016 | By: Leeann Dare
Always on the look out for new and exciting bands I have found an amazingly diverse and non commercial UK band in the form of Oh! Gunquit. With Debut album ‘Eat Yuppies and dance’ they have played at many events/festivals all over the UK including Field Day, Offset, Hop Farm, and FarmFestival. Also shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Belgium, and a tour of Portugal, France and now Spain. This completely addictive album had me hooked from start to finish, with songs like ‘Sinkhole’ where the melody is a blend of surf and garage rock and ‘Bad Bad Milk’ which has been featured and released in Japan on a compilation of UK garage rock n roll bands each track makes you want to dance along strait away. This Freak-a-Billy, Rumble-Bop London band came together in 2010 after becoming neighbours and sharing a vision of creating a combination of Rock n Roll, Primitive Surf and Garage-Punk mixed with a twist. Named after a town in USA’s Maine where the Abenaki Indians were partial to the idea of all guns quitting. With a lethal combination of Horns, Buzzsaw Guitars and outstanding vocals this band is most certainly unique and a must see due to their intoxicating stage presence and talent.
Oh! Gunquit have currently released two singles which have been featured on BBC 6, with their second single featuring as ‘single of the week’ in Artrocker along with album ‘Eat Yuppies and Dance’. The album has most certainly matched expectations of the sheer diverse musical talent this band possesses and has you hooked from beginning to end. Both fun and energetic Oh! Gunquit are the band to see for an entertaining and lively night out and will positively make any day or evening at home with their upbeat catchy album. With Tina Swasey on Lead Vox & Trumpet, Simon Wild on Guitars & Vox, Kieran Ridgers on Saxophone, Veronica Arcila on Bass and Alex De Renzi on Drums this tight knit group have created musical genius together with a sound which makes it exceptionally hard to fit into one musical genre and can only be described as Rumble-Bop. Hints of their devilish practices have been unveiled for quite a while by singles, videos, and an acclaimed live presence to which the band have also listed their interests on various social media to include Voodoo, Wang Dang Doodle, Abenaki Indians and Tenacity. If you enjoy variation in your music Oh! Gunquit are without doubt the band to see and hear.