Gallops - Old Blue Last, London

Gallops are one of a handful of new acts that are fusing the pummelling assault of post-hardcore with experimental electronica, and tonight they bring their thrilling sounds to the capital. First up however is the slightly more stripped back, but no less brilliant, Surrey mob Arcane Roots. Their combination of math-rock technicality and razor-sharp punk-rock edge makes them a formidable proposition, and tonight’s set seems to have made them a fair few fans indeed.

Taking to the stage in a hail of synth wails and some of the hardest drumming you'll be likely to hear, Gallops don’t mess around. Playing tracks from their self-titled EP alongside a couple of newer numbers, they succeed in morphing their heavy virtuosity with danceable rhythms and some great riffs. The low end throb that starts off ‘Defbox’ gives way to screeching keys and taut off-kilter drums. In fact, David Morait’s percussive skills are quite frankly mesmerising: his precise and powerful beats holding everything together, despite a minor bass pedal hiccup towards the end of their set. Closing with the bouncy ‘Miami Spider’, the whistling synthesizers and spacey guitar melodies show a slightly different side to the band and there is no doubting that they have exciting things ahead of them.

Last updated: 18/04/2018 12:45:52

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