Maybe the main reason I’ve never really gotten into techno (apart from trance, which more or less has more in common with the spacier parts of rock than anything else) is probably because I have been unable to detect any kind of soul or emotion in the music itself – all I seem to hear is this hollow shell, devoid of any real substance. And some will say I’ve been listening to the wrong kinds or the wrong artists…

Along come Welsh band Gallops, combining the machine rhythms and repetitions of techno with sprawling progrock and intense rhythmic infusions from both Middle-Eastern music and Latin America, all done with a charm and a flair that is all but irrestistible.

Gallops – “Jeff Leopard” (Official Video)

Like This? You Should Subscribe Here Now: Debut album ‘Yours Sincerely, Dr. Hardcore’ Released 10th December 2012 on Blood & Biscuits Directed by Jonny Sanders Out of the unassuming Welsh town of Wrexham, Gallops re-emerge having expanded their tight, punchy math-rock constructions into something of a more panoramic scope for debut LP Yours Sincerely, Dr. Hardcore.

Jeff Leopard – Official video

And, where I find no trouble standing at a disco without moving to the hard pounding rhythms, Gallops on the other hand make it extremely hard standing or sitting still while listening. Plus, the combination of electronics, live drums and rock elements speaks equally much to the heart as to the mind.

Huge kudos to Roadburn for including this band on their lineup, thus further broadening views and minds.

Gallops will keep defying the limits of rock music on Friday 20 April at Het Patronaat.

Gallops – Miami Spider – BBC Introducing

Wrexham post-rock experimentalists Gallops bring the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival to a close.

Miami Spider, Live at Reading Festival, 2010

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GallopsEP (2010)spotifyBandCamp
Joust / EukodolSingle (2011)spotifyBandCamp
Yours Sincerely, Dr. HardcoreAlbum (2012)spotifyBandCamp
Bronze MysticAlbum (2017)spotifyBandCamp