When I first heard Gentlemen I had no idea what to expect. I saw one of my favourite London bars were putting a free show on for a mysterious band who had yet to perform live in any capacity. Their Facebook page only had a few likes, no photos and definitely no music to give myself and other punters a real great reason to brave the cold.
Surprisingly, their performance exceeded expectations. It didn’t take long for the quintet to bring wide smiles, closed eyes and loose bodies to the front of the stage. Although based in London, Gentlemen’s singer, keyboardist and drummer are Australian and relocated to provide for a denser and more accessible scene. The lead guitarist and bassist are Italian and English respectively – altogether bringing a unique influences to cook with, evident in their brand of dreamy psych rock.
Gentlemen stray from the pack of the pseudo vintage rock bands over-saturating the streets of North London. They may play ‘psychedelic rock’ by definition, but the band’s music is carried by a strong pop sensibility. The hypnotic blend of heavily reverbed guitars and warm synths allow for the vocals to take on a ‘less is more’ approach; serving as a player to the melody rather than a lead.
Since their debut show, the band have quickly picked up support slots for popular acts such as Foxygen and Childhood as well as performing at small festivals. With Tame Impala and ‘new’ kids on the block Jagwar Ma already marking a strong impression in the UK, it’s safe to say that Gentlemen are currently in the right place at the right time. Let’s just hope they can strike while the iron is hot before every other band turns the delay pedal up to eleven.