KEXP PRESENTS: GIBRALTAR ALBUM RELEASE PARTY!
Come celebrate the release of Gibraltar’s new album, “Let’s Get Beautiful,” along with friends Head Like a Kite and Wiscon!
After decades of being “the guitar player” in other bands, Gibraltar’s founding member Aaron Starkey knew he how to take his next step: he needed to lead his next project. So in 2011 he committed to fronting a rock band. If it worked after the first show, he’d do another…if it didn’t, well, that would have been it!
Exploring the harmonic vision of bands like Television and Built To Spill, as well as the sonic, gender, and emotional situation of Lou Reed’s “Transformer”, the songs tumbled forth, and the rock of Gibraltar (an unintentional, kind of hated, but entirely appropriate reference) was forged.
Influenced by rock’s most creative outbursts–70’s hard rock, 80’s punk/new wave, and 90’s alternative–Gibraltar makes a feel-good formula sound new again. Angular guitars buzz, Nicky Hopkins-like piano chimes, and yearning vocal melodies amp tension while encouraging anthemic sing-alongs. The sound is dark and moody, but laden with memorable hooks. Joining Starkey now are pianist Holly Houser, drummer Nick Biscardi, and bassist Gwen Stubbs.
In 2012, Gibraltar entered the studio with Johnny Sangster (Mudhoney, The Briefs) and Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, The Sword, Mastodon, Cursive). The resulting EP, “Storms”, earned the band praise as well as comparisons to Joy Division, Interpol, Savages, and “an angry Built To Spill”.
KEXP’s John In The Morning called it: “One of the better local EP’s I’ve come across…a mix of raw emotion and heart felt energy.” And as publication Seismic-Sound put it, “post punk, singable power pop, with a hammer and a brain.”
Quickly returning in 2014 with their full-length “The New Century”, Gibraltar embarked on a national tour in part with radio exposure, as well as a slew of festival dates; including Timber Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party, Macefield Music Festival, and KEXP live in-studio performances.
“LET’S GET BEAUTIFUL”, their new full-length to be released in March 2017, finds Matt Bayles back at the helm and the band exploring a sound captured primarily with live tracking. “It’s stripped down,” says Starkey. “No layering, no overdubs…well, there are some overdubs…and some layering…but it’s as sparse as we could go!”