2019 seems to be the year of The Gulps. Whatever they do, they do it perfectly, wherever they go, they win new fans. When they participate in an international competition, they easily win it, leaving their competition behind. And each of their tracks released so far is a real banger. If they continue on this stride, next year might see them going right to the top. And frankly, this is what they deserve.
Lucky break has nothing to do with the results this London based quintet is receiving. They are one of the hardest working people we have met, and at the same time they are down to earth and just genuinely nice. We sat down with The Gulps’ guitarist, Charlie Green to speak about the band, their influences and the new single entitled “Lola Cola”.
Based in London and hailing from all different parts of Europe and the Middle East, The Gulps come together with a shared idealism for our times. Playfully reviving the original roots of rock and roll, they are a new wake up call and speak our truth, with enjoyment and optimism.
Lyrically informed poetry, sharing tales from our cities and experiences. With raw energy, The Gulps are a unique take on classic alternative pop, fuelled by the drive of rock music at its best.
Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.
Charlie Green: The Gulps are a band of vivacious raconteurs who immigrated to London with a Mediterranean ferocity and an uncompromising skill for good music. We are a multi-various quintet who met at the intersection of smoke fuelled house parties and university, where the raw Gulp product was harnessed and the good times played.
Where are you based and who is in the band?
Charlie Green: We are a London based band hailing from different parts of Europe and The Middle East. Harry All is the lead singer, Charlie Green and Francesco Buffone are the guitarists, Simon Mouchard is on the bass and Raoul Khayat is the drummer.
Tell us something about the project – are there any goals that you managed to achieve to date?
Charlie Green: This has already been a huge year for the band, with the recording of the EP and touring. We secured a spot at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival thanks to the votes of our fans and had the opportunity to play at the Truck Festival. We now have our sights on Space Mountain Festival in Granada and the recording of our first album.
What inspires you? What artists or genres had the biggest influence on you?
Charlie Green: Each of us bring our own biographical discography with us to influence the sound of The Gulps. Primarily, we draw upon the inspiration of rock’s household names such as The Strokes, Rolling Stones and The Clash to ground our compositions.
It`s all about the music – and we want to hear your tunes and how they have been written.
Charlie Green: You can hear all our tunes on Spotify, Soundcloud and watch our amazing videos directed by Sandra Crilo on Youtube. Also, we released the EP on vinyl earlier this year. Most of our songs start with an interesting riff or composition, then either Harry or me pen together the lyrics, based on what is stimulating us at the moment. After that, we take the new material to rehearsals and try it out with the whole band to test its potential.
Name your best song. What can you tell us about it?
Charlie Green: Our best song would be “The Kings House”. This song is about the old apartment where Harry and I used to live in London, on Camden Street. It’s where the magic happened, where we got into trouble with huge house parties and long smoky nights. It is a calling for freaks everywhere to celebrate their opulence, in a space opened to all.
How do you create your unique sound and write the lyrics? What gear are you using?
Charlie Green: We aim to write lyrically informed poetry, sharing tales from our cities and experiences. As for the equipment, we use different guitars and bass pedals, playing with distortions, delays, reverbs, to make our sound distinctive from others.
All in all, the marriage of guitars, Simon’s methodical bass, Raoul’s seamless drumming and Harry All’s energizing voice, allows us to celebrate our unique and youthful sound.
Are you touring? Where can we see you play live?
Charlie Green: We have a number of shows lined up and you can catch us on:
Sunday 29th of September, Camden Assembly (London)
Friday 11th of October, Space Mountain Festival (Granada, Spain)
Saturday 2nd of November, Notting Hill Arts Club (London)
And from the 11th to the 15th of March 2020, The New Colossus Festival (New York)!
Squad goals – where do you want to see the band in five years time?
Charlie Green: This is a good question! We want to be touring around the world and playing big festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading etc. We also want to go to studios to record new music and make The Gulps a new religion.
If any bookers or promoters want to get in touch – what is the best way to contact you?
Charlie Green: They can contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just send us a message on one of our social media pages, they are listed below.
Imagine you can record an album with any producer, dead or alive in a studio of your choice. Who would be on your record?
Charlie Green: We would love to work with the legendary George Martin, or Phil Spector (Beatles producers) but we are extremely happy working with ‘’Youth’’ at the moment. ‘’Youth’’ is a genuine producer with a long CV to his name, giving his soul and life to the music.
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