Brighton four-piece GURU stopped by the Boogaloo Radio studio to chat all things new music with Karl on the Hard of Hearing show.
Known for their intense live sets, GURU have been hitting the London and Brighton circuit with force over the last couple of years, with their raucous reputation helping them pack out headline gigs and secure support slots for the likes of Lady Bird and Slaves.
The quartet – made up of vocalist Tommy, guitarist Kieran, bassist Ferg and drummer Olly – released their debut single Consumer Helpline in 2018; an electrifying and brutalist track which cemented their place as a band to watch last year. Since then, they’ve added a couple of more songs to the hit list. There’s Suntrap and Fixation and, more recently, their new double A-side Don’t Talk / LTD. It’s a charged set of tracks with hard-hitting lyrics and blistering punk vibes.
Having kicked off the year with a banger of a show at Blondies in London with support from Bristol-based bands Football FC and Sapphire Blues, and a sold out February headline gig in Brighton with Mice Ön Mars and Scowl, GURU are already making their mark on 2020.
The guys caught up with Karl from Hard of Hearing on Boogaloo Radio to talk about new music, why they’re doing things on their terms and what Macaulay Culkin has got to do with it all…
Listen to the full interview with GURU on Boogaloo Radio below, with tracks from Talk Show, Italia 90, Margot, Slowthai, Sinead O’Brien and Legss.
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.