About the only thing you’re likely to know the town of Slough for is Ricky Gervais’ sitcom The Office, unless you work for a tech company that takes advantage of its relatively cheap business rental fees.
But now there’s something far more interesting with the emergence of exciting new fuzz-rock quartet The Dead Gentlemen. Initially formed as a school project by guitarists Harry and Lei, they wisely scrapped original name The Airfield, recruited drummer Mozwin and bassist Alexander, and set forth on a mission of creating fuzzy, sleazy, loud music.
The latest offering of this is single Million Miles, which was released in March. Beginning with a calm looping guitar riff that continues into a verse of layered, echoey vocals about arriving at a destination via a train station, it soon drops into a dreamy chorus of floaty vocals. The second chorus ends by crescendoing into a big wall of guitar noise under a really cool guitar solo that brings the song to a rocky ending.
The fuzz rock feel is more prominent on previous single Old Flames, which opens up with a rolling guitar riff under almost stoner rock like vocals. It’s laid-back, cool and funky, then bursts into a big powerful chorus supported by a mass of guitars then a funky little blitz of guitar leads into the second verse.
And debut single Catacombs is much in the same vein, kicking off with an awesome guitar solo that goes on for well over a minute before dropping into a funky opening verse over fuzzy guitars. A lively chorus follows then a big guitar smash-up takes over and drops into a moment of calm serenity. That’s ended with big chunky guitar chords that feed into another winding guitar smash-up. This is an awesome track.
The band are all massive fans of Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, Dredge, Reignwolf and Royal Blood and use these influences to, in their words, prove “Rock and Roll is certainly not dead.”
They expand: “We have described our sound as an integration of fuzz-laden riffs with sleazy, sexy grooves that oozes power and intensity whilst keeping a tone of unsettling relaxation to keep you guessing. Being young men, spearheading into fully fledged adulthood, there is a definite reoccurring theme of nostalgia throughout a lot of our songs. I think nostalgia is equally wonderful and horrible in the way that it works and now we are going through a coming of age, it has never been more present.”
The band will be playing Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden on 14 June, and hope to have more shows coming shortly. More info on upcoming gigs is here.