By Lewis Barlow
Everyone has that one annoying friend who religiously chews your ear off about how they were listening to an artist before they became big...I am that friend and Gurriers should be on your radar. The Irish music scene is thriving now more than it arguably ever has and Gurriers are leading the charge.
I'm going out on a limb here by saying this but I hand on heart believe that there isn't a better live band around playing 200 cap venues, these five lads could get a party started in a morgue. Infectious energy that exudes from not only the quintessential frontman but also the mullet-wielding guitarists.
To start the evening we were serenaded by the soulful singing of Edna, accompanied by a guitar and a bongo player. While her voice was beautiful, I struggle to see why she was placed on this bill that would later showcase much more energetic acts. Just before Gurriers I had my first introduction to Automation, a London quartet that played right into my math-rock heart. Beautiful dueling guitar licks and mind boggling time signatures leaving many in the crowd bopping along all over the shop. A very strong performance from a Gallagher offspring and a band I'll be looking out for over the next year.
The Irish following for Gurriers was out in full force at The Windmill, clad in bomber jackets and necking Guinness like its water, the atmosphere was undeniably welcoming. This is the third time I've seen Gurriers in a little under a year and they keep getting better and better. Expect huge things in the near future for this band.