Gengahr share “Icarus” from their album, Sanctuary, out this Friday 31st January 2020

January 29, 2020
Gengahr – photo credit Jay Whitehead


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Taken from their album, Sanctuary, released this Friday 31st January 2020

Announce intimate and exclusive instore dates around the UK next month including Rough Trade East in London on 3rd February 2020

Tour the UK, Europe and Australia with a show at EartH in London on 21st February 2020

Following a World First on Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1, Gengahr today share the soaring “Icarus”, from their much anticipated third full-length album, Sanctuary, released this Friday 31st January 2020 via Liberator Music (part of The Mushroom Group). About the song, the band said: 

““Icarus” is a song about growing up and coming to terms with the expectations of our youth. As a child we believe anything is possible but as we get older there is a crushing realisation as we begin to understand that the journey of life has its own uncontrollable trajectory. Dave East, who made the videos for “Heavenly Maybe” and “Everything & More”, created the visuals to go with it. Shot near his home in Cape Town the film depicts a car driving down one mountain at night in search of another to climb – much as in life, as we abandon one weight of expectation in search of a new pinnacle.”

Sanctuary alsofeatures the single “Heavenly Maybe” which is currently playlisted at BBC Radio 1 and was Tune Of The Week on Radio 1’s Greg James’ Breakfast Show last week. Described by DIY as “a pleasing slice of indie-pop” and by Clash as “an ultra-infectious new synth jammer”, the track is also A-listed at BBC 6 Music and is at 29 in Spotify’s UK Viral Weekly Chart. Listen in to Radio 1 tonight to hear Gengahr live in session with Annie Mac at Maida Vale and to BBC 6 Music tomorrow as Sanctuary will be their Album Of The Day

Gengahr will perform a series of intimate instores around the UK next month, including Rough Trade East in London on 3rd February. The North London four-piece also headline a UK and European tour with their biggest London show to date at EartH in Hackney on Friday 21st February 2020. Tickets are available now via SeeTickets and full live and instore dates are listed below with all UK and Irish shows in bold.

More expansive and ambitious than ever before, Sanctuary is the experimental alt-pop band’s finest body of work to date, a DIY triumph which welcomes old friend Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club as producer, adding his distinct brand of symphonic sparkle to Gengahr’s complex, layered sound and pushing the band further into all-out pop territory than they’d ever dared stray before. Recorded at Propagation House in Cornwall, the album also recaptures the magic that old school friends Felix Bushe, John Victor, Hugh Schulte and Danny Ward felt when they were making their debut. 

Born of an epic journey and taking inspiration from Homer’s Odyssey, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2015 debut A Dream Outside and 2018’s Where Wildness Grows sees songwriter Felix tapping into personal pain but coming out fighting. With mixing from the hugely in-demand Nathan Boddy (James Blake, Nilufer Yanya, Shame), additional production from John Victor and engineering from A Dream Outside’s engineer James Bragg, Sanctuary is vibrant, intoxicating, intimate and alive; the product of friends having a good time and seizing control of their own destiny.It is a heartfelt, sophisticated body of work that runs the full gamut of human feeling, with a positive ending in the form of the beautiful, twinkling “Moonlight” – a harmonious conclusion of unison and togetherness, hinting at a bright future. 

Sanctuary tracklist:

Pre-order HERE 

1.     Everything & More

2.    Atlas Please

3.     Heavenly Maybe

4.     Never A Low

5.     Fantasy 

6.     You’re No Fun

7.     Soaking In Formula

8.     Anime 

9.     Icarus

10.  Moonlight 

Out via worldwide release partner Liberator Music (part of The Mushroom Group) on 31st January 2020.

Gengahr live dates: 
31st January – INSTORE: Kingston – Banquet Records
1st February – INSTORE: Wokingham –  Beyond The Download

1st February – INSTORE: Portsmouth – Pie & Vinyl

2nd February – INSTORE: Marlborough – Sound Knowledge

3rd February – INSTORE: London – Rough Trade East

4th February – INSTORE: Nottingham – Rough Trade

5th February – INSTORE: Bristol – Rough Trade

13th February – UK: Manchester – Band On The Wall *#

14th February – UK: Leeds – Brudenell Social Club (Main Room) *#

16th February: UK: Glasgow – King Tuts *#

17th February: IRE: Dublin – The Sound House *#

19th February: UK: Bristol – Fleece *#

20th February: UK: Brighton – Patterns *#

21st February: UK: London – EartH *#

24th February: FR: Paris – Le Pop-Up Du Label *

25th February: BE: Brussels – VOLTA *

26th February: DE: Cologne – Blue Shell *

27th February: DE: Berlin – Maze *

28th February: DE: Munich – folks! *

29th February: DE: Hamburg: Molotow Skybar *

2nd March: NE: Amsterdam – Paradiso (Upstairs) *

10th March: NZ: Auckland – Neck Of The Woods 

13th March: AUS: Sydney – Lansdowne 

14th March: AUS: Melbourne – Howler 

14th August: UK: Atherstone – 110 Above Festival

 * = with Fake Laugh

# = with Bessie Turner

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