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Post-punk band GHUM chat to Karl on the Hard of Hearing show on Boogaloo Radio about their big plans for 2020.
With their raw, powerful vocals, grungy guitars, racing bass lines and calculative drums, GHUM are making quite a name for themselves as the ghostly punk band we can’t ignore.
After forming via Gumtree in 2016, the four-piece (front-woman Laura, bassist Marina, guitarist Jojo and drummer Vicki) released their first EP GHUM in 2017. In 2019, the band followed that up with their second EP The Coldest Fire on Everything Sucks Music.
The four-piece’s electric performances and anguished lyrics soon caught people’s attention. First came the BBC Introducing session, and then breakthrough single Saturn was played on BBC Radio 6 Music.
There’s no slowing down for the band in 2020 though. Their follow-up California – a beautiful savage track about a doomed love story – was debuted by Steve Lamacq and then named by Fader as one of the ’20 best rock songs right now.’
As well as a recent London headliner at Elektrowerkz and a set at the 6 Music Festival, the band are geared up for a packed summer of shows, including Are You Listening Festival in Reading, Live at Leeds Festival and Bilbao BBK Live in July.
GHUM sat down with Karl from the Hard of Hearing show on Boogaloo Radio to chat about their fave bands (can you guess who they’re talking about when they say the ‘nicest guys?), the music they love, and what on earth Monkey Live festival is all about…
Listen to the full interview with GHUM on Boogaloo Radio below, with tracks from Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Human Pet, PJ Harvey, Soft Kill and Dinosaur Jr.
Back in October, Peckham-based new wave newcomers Talk Show appeared on the Hard of Hearing show on Boogaloo Radio to chat with Karl all about their explosive year.
With their energetic live shows packing out venues across London, their post-punk belters like sharp debut track Fast & Loud being released on Felix White of the Maccabees’ Yala! Records and DIY Mag naming them one of their Class of 2020 – it’s fair to say Talk Show really set tongues wagging in 2019.
But don’t let the undeniable growing noise surrounding their name make you think this fourpiece – frontman Harrison Swann, bassist George Sullivan, drummer Chloe MacGregor and guitarist Tom Holmes – have burst onto the scene without a shitload of hard work and graft.
They might have met and formed at Goldsmiths by “randomly being in the right conversations at the right time”, according to Harrison, but the building buzz around them this year definitely wasn’t an accident. Since those early house parties, they’ve become best mates and that kind of thing “seeps into everything we do, whether it’s performing or writing”, says Harrison.
The fact they’re like family, along with their knuckle-down-and-get-on-with-it attitude has been the driving force behind the band’s good year. But Harrison says it was never about blowing up quickly online, “We knew it was gonna take a while, and we wanted to spend time working on the music that we make and gigging as much as possible.”
George and Harrison sat down with Karl from the Hard of Hearing show on Boogaloo Radio to talk about Karl’s record in discussion – Deceiver by Americans DIVV. Plus, what song they ALWAYS start a set with, what makes them send a load of screen shots to each other, oh and why Harrison won’t ever drink a shandy.
Listen to the full interview with Talk Show on Boogaloo Radio below with tracks from Talk Show, Fake Turins, Eyesore & The Jinx, Dry Cleaning, Bdrmm, Drug Store Romeos and more.