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October 2019
Album review

Gauche chuck in everything from tasty guitar licks to the kitchen sink with 'A People's History of Gauche'

Some of these songs could have made one hell of a statement.
Label: Merge
Released: 12th April 2019
Rating: ★★
Gauche chuck in everything from tasty guitar licks to the kitchen sink with 'A People's History of Gauche'
Published: 1:59 pm, July 11, 2019Words: Paris Fawcett.

Gauche are a strange creature. Whether it’s their sharp vocals or outspoken kickback at the patriarchy; everything about their riot grrrl presence seems to be poised perfectly as a deterrent to unwanted visitors. Yet conversely, this is paired with an irresistible funk backbone just begging to be heard.

By claiming our attention with a killer bassline and sunny guitar from the getgo on ‘Flash’, they start like they mean to go on: with musical dexterity and artistic flair. ‘A People’s History of Gauche’ is no stranger to groove and the bass is thrust to the forefront much to the benefit of songs like ‘Cycles’ and ‘Dirty Jacket’.

There’s an excitement within Gauche for making music and a desire to chuck in everything from tasty guitar licks to the kitchen sink into their songs. ‘Flash’ sounds like ‘Celebrity Skin’ era Hole played by people just discovering how exciting instruments are, whereas ‘Running’ meshes a bizarre smorgasbord of sounds into an odd, innovative power pop demon. Unfortunately, they continue to throw everything in until it doesn’t feel so fresh any more.

There’s a purity in Gauche’s intentions to encourage people to dance through their problems, however, ‘A People’s History of Gauche’ suffers massively by not being an EP. Some of these songs could have made one hell of a statement had they not been surrounded by a host of imitations.

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