As is traditional with many aspiring bands, Gallops released a fine album then split. ‘Yours Sincerely Dr Hardcore’ emerged in December 2012, received plaudits and airplay aplenty, but they eventually disintegrated.
Skip forward to today and there’s a new drummer (Liam) and a huge anticipation here at Telfords Warehouse for this, their first ‘comeback’ gig. That was patently obvious by the size of the crowd. ‘Packed to the rafters’ as Popty-Ping Records said. It certainly was, as the numbers of those present spilled both them and their beer onto the stage.
Gallops call themselves Experimental-Electronica but that doesn’t quite paint the whole picture… The easy way (the shit way) would be to program the whole thing onto a laptop and go out as a one or two-piece… That’s how a lot of acts short-change their audience. No, Gallops are the full setup, drums, guitars, keyboards, a container full of FX pedals and yes, a laptop (complete with operative). They have more guile than a guile convention, more finesse than a connoisseur of finesse things, more bollocks than a neutering vet and more majesty than the Queen of Sheeba. Think of a rolling terrain on a video game, a car chase in space and a skate-park on a radio telescope dish… Gallops are the soundtrack to all that and more; a prog-industrial orchestra.
There was early material, album material and new material on show in a seamless performance by a whipped up band before a whipped up audience – this was full cream rock and roll (now that’s a new genre).
Triumphant, jubilant and magnificent…? …Yes indeed
New release imminent…? …Hope so