Watch and listen:
Oh! Gunquit - Eat Yuppies and Dance
- Tina Swasey - Lead vocals & trumpet
- Simon Wild - Guitars & vocals
- Kieran Ridgers - Saxophone
- Veronica Arcila - Bass
- Alex De Renzi - Drums
“Where the Squares don’t fit, you’ll find OH! GUNQUIT”
Oh! Gunquit are a London-based ‘rumble-bop trash blitz freak-a-billy’ five-piece that formed in 2011 after neighbours Tina Swasey and Simon Wild met each other while frequenting a North London vinyl-only sweaty cellar club DJ night. After an energetic pogo competition they decided to create a group blending their love of wild garage punk, exotica, raw rhythm’n’blues and surf-trash that’s been described as a cross between The Cramps and The B-52’s. The band name derives from a twist on a Native American-named outpost on the east coast of the US, a former artist colony, and where a chief elder once ‘cast all guns to the sea’.
Altsounds.com says, "They are a sight to behold with bags of personality and an endearing amount of humour. Their music and performances appear effortless, with lyrics that are macabre and kitsch and a live performance that is better than any art-punks out there at the moment. This is retro pop at its killer best. You know that this is a band that, in years to come, people will be arguing over which cramped Camden basement they saw them in first."
They have played shows, festivals and events in London and Europe alongside acts such as Black Lips producer King Khan and the Shrines, Fat White Family, Public Service Broadcasting, Andrew Weatherall, Keb Darge, the Director of Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Festivals, and survived a crazed impromptu stage invasion by eccentric ’80s pop-punk prince Adam Ant. The group have also played two separate live sessions on London’s only Independent Art-Radio station, Resonance FM, and singles have had frequent airing on BBC Radio 6 (Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne) Huey Morgan’s BBC Radio 2 show and XFM Exposure with John Kennedy.
To date, they have put out two limited edition self-released seven inch vinyl singles distributed through Rough Trade, the second being single of the week in Artrocker magazine, and also have a track featured on a Japanese compilation of garage rock’n’roll with the all-girl ‘Woo Hoo’ hit-makers The 5,6,7,8s. Last December saw the release of a brand new single ‘Sinkhole’ backed with the instrumental ‘Stampede’ via new One Little Indian imprint Winwin Records.
Oh! Gunquit have recently finished recording tracks at the all analogue Gizzard Studio in East London’s Fish Island, resulting in the fiery, exotic sound on their upcoming Album Eat Yuppies And Dance, released in March 2015 by near-legendary garage-punk rock’n’roll label Dirty Water Records. Also planned is some further recording with renowned Detroit garage-rock producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Detroit Cobras).
Live on stage Oh! Gunquit bring their unique blizzard of horns, spirited howls, buzzsaw guitars, hula hoops and fun, riotous rock’n’roll abandon and urge you to join them on a crazy road trip of B-movies, freak shows, twisted carnivals, and adventuring.
Available on vinyl/CD/download. Distribution Cargo Records UK, Redeye (US), Popstock (Spain), Differ-Ant (France), Cargo Germany (Germany), Disk Union (Japan), etc.