Gurgles are a three piece (Bass, Keys, Drums) brother-and-sister plus Bradley Cunningham Bradfordprogpopband. Songwriter and Fender Rhodesman is Augustin Bousfield of Mucky Sailor and ex of Nope. Also promoter of Saltaire’s Pleasure Grounds night, synthpop bon viveur Lord Adonis and writer of TV music
- In the Freakzone’s Best of 2015 on BBC6music
- Multiple plays of tracks from new album on BBC6Music, including on Radcliffe and Maconie
- “I absolutely love that” Mark Radcliffe – Radcliffe and Maconie BBC6Music
- “I absolutely love it, you are going to hear a lot more of this lot. A brilliant album that Iam really enjoying.
Stuart Maconie – Freak Zone BBC Radio 6 Music October 2015
- Single You Send Me Up was placed at number 8 in the 7”s of the year by Finest Kiss
- Played shows across country including supporting Cantaloupe, Sauna Youth, Snack Family, Barringtone and a Resonance FM session plus plays on WFMU New York amongst others
- NME Bandcrush of the Week by MJ of Hookworms, “Pretty far out, but at the heart of it there’s some really great pop songs” – MJ, Hookworms
- “I absolutely love it, you are going to hear a lot more of this lot. A brilliant album that I’m really enjoying. Reminds me of everything from Seventh Wave to Prefab Sprout and Emerson Lake and Palmer.” – (on ‘Gurglefirst’) Stuart Maconie BBC 6Music
- Gurglefirst? is their first Long Player
The album was lovingly recorded by MJ from Hookworms and features artwork of the destruction of Shipley Clock by famed illustrator Kenn Goodall.
- Gurglefirst? is a multi-hued Fender Rhodes driven pop-trip whose influences include Jim O’Rourke, Steely Dan, High Lamas, Deerhoof Prefab Sprout, Cardiacs, Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Robert Wyatt, Chicago, Pink Floyd and Van der Graaf Generator.
- Press about ‘Gurglefirst?’
- “Gurgles still aren’t afraid to swirl their myriad influences together in odd and sometimes incongruous ways to produce something that’s quite a headtrip. If progressive pop doesn’t yet exist as a concept, then Gurgles will surely be hailed at some point in the future as its exemplars. Twittery analogue synths float around shimmering pop
harmonies, and there are some insistent grooves too” – Whisperin’ and Hollerin’
- ‘Fantastic band…Prog elements like Yes and Nice, dare I say it AOR elements, which are a really nice move like the McCartney 2 album, plus proggy math-rock mayhem. But it all fitstogether and its all really clever. Interesting poetic lyrics. Really impressed’ – Postmusic
- “These songs are clever – that is musically clever and lyrically clever – and make from their influences some poppy melodies driven by some frankly wonderful keyboard playing. This stuffis groovy” – Local Sound Focus
- “…the power of prog, the drama of opera and the AOR grooves of the 70’s and turns them on their head with a kind of left of field madness that Zappa would be proud of…Add to that poetic moments ala Terry Durham and free-jazz ala Nice…Well this is a bit special!” – Jumbo
- “simultaneously enraging and brilliant” – Norman Records
- “I absolutely love that” – Mark Radcliffe – Radcliffe and Maconie BBC6Music
- “I absolutely love it, you are going to hear a lot more of this lot. A brilliant album that I am really enjoying. Reminds me of everything from Seventh Wave to Prefab Sprout and Emerson Lake and
Palmer.” – Stuart Maconie – Freak Zone BBC Radio 6 Music October 2015
- And about other releases…….
- “Gurgles construct multi-coloured song-structures soaked in psychedelic flavours. At the heart of both songs here are muscular pop melodies that combine with an almost Steely Dan-esque
proficiency” – Rough Trade
- “Gurgles have just released their first single and it’s quite a delight. It’s light and airy and full of life. Think High Llamas, Steely Dan, Jim O’Rourke, Prefab Sprout and Chicago. The keyboards pump
sound out like they’re powered by a steam engine while the singing verges on new age gospel. I know. When I first heard it I wasn’t sure, but I found myself hitting play again and again, and the next thing I know I find myself buying the single. Recorded by MJ of Hookworms, so the sound is raw and bleeds a little to make this otherwise slick sounding record oscillate with just enough grime.
What an opening salvo for this brand new band!” – The Finest Kiss