Watch and listen:
- Tina Swasey - Lead Vox & Trumpet
- Simon Wild - Guitars & Vox
- Chuchi Malapersona - Saxophone
- Veronica Arcila - Bass
- Alex De Renzi - Drums
Oh! Gunquit are a London based 5-piece Rumble-Bop, Freakabilly Band who concoct a brew of Raw R&R, Wild GarageRock, and Twisted Surf-Punk. The nucleus of the band started in 2010 after Tina (Vocals/Trumpet) & Simon (Guitar/Vocals) became neighbours and frequenting the same sweaty cellar dance nights around town.
They formed the band around the idea of creating a vibrant blend of new-wave vicious Psych-Surf, Garage-Punk, Exotica & RocknRoll. Oh! Gunquit are named in part to a town in Maine US which was an artists colony in the 1800's originally coined by the Abenaki Indians and in part to the idea of all guns quitting. Currently consisting of the hottest line-up to date this cosmopolitan creature contains members from Italy, USA, Colombia, Spain & UK. The Soundtrack to B-Movies, Road Trips, & Adventuring….. Their unique live gigs are a blur of Howling Vocals, Horns, Buzzsaw Guitars, Rumbling Toms, and Exotic R&R fun.
“Where the Squares don’t fit, you’ll find OH! GUNQUIT….”
"They call themselves Rumble-Bop which in some way does explain the fantastic sound they have" - Gideon Coe BBC6 Music
"I'm not even sure WHAT that is" - Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music
'Lightning Likes Me' is the band's second studio Album combining elements of psychedelic surf punk, sci-fi rockabilly, and future rock n roll. With tracks produced by Detroit Legend Jim Diamond (the Sonics, Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras, White Stripes etc) & also at London's Space Eko studio by Alex McGowen (Jim Jones, Son of Dave etc) it's a somewhat denser and more experimental feel than their debut and still packed with killer songs with the same Exotic Wild Vicious RnR Music with which they've become known for. Their near-legendary live shows are now going even further interstellar with new full-time member Chuchi Malpersona (Saxophone) & the continuing super tight rhythm section of VV (Bass) Alex De Renzi (Drums).
**** Shindig Magazine: 'Big fun for the fans of Trashy, Theatrical, Rock n Roll Thrills!'
****** Louder Than War: 'Song after song twists and wraps itself around your ears shaking a rhythm down to your feet. Track by Track each is faultless'
**** Bananas Magazine: 'Ten sizzlin' slabs of rockabilly/garage/r&b crossover that will hook the listener with it's Variety, High Energy, and Memorable Melodies'
**** Pure Rawk: 'Striking forward with Confidence'
"OGQ are a refreshingly non-stop party of sound; a melting pot of rock n roll voodoo madness and pure unadulterated aural expression, perhaps the perfect soundtrack to a hedonistic roadtrip yet to be made. Mixing The Cramps and The B-52's and putting their own stamp on it" -Vive Le Rock Magazine
"Strong purveyors of vicious & exotic raw pop music" - Rough Trade
OH! GUNQUIT -Have released three 7" singles & two Studio Albums to date with two sold-out limited 7" singles through Rough Trade on their own label, the second of which was ‘Single of the Week’ in Artrocker Magazine. In 2013 their track ‘Bad Bad Milk’ was released in Japan on garage-rock compilation featuring the band ‘5,6,7,8’s’ and in December 2014 the single ‘Sinkhole’ was released on One Little Indian Imprint -WINWIN Records. In March 2015 the band released their debut Album 'Eat Yuppies & Dance' on Dirty Water Records. The singles have all been played on BBC6 on shows such as Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe, & Tom Ravenscroft with also plays on Huey Morgan’s BBC Radio 2 show. Their album track 'Hope In Hell' was recently featured on a covermount CD for Germany's Dynamite Magazine and their album was chosen as record of the week and heavily featured on National Spanish radio RTVE plus many print reviews & interviews including Italy's Blow Up magazine, UK's Vive Le Rock, & France's Arbus Dangereux. The band has recorded two live sessions on London's only Arts Radio Station -Resonance FM. Live shows they have played include many events/festivals all over UK such as Field Day, Trip Out, Offset, Hop Farm, Hipsville, Franklin Fest and FarmFestival. They have also performed shows for festivals & events in Europe including Spain's Bule Bule, Fuzz in the City, Munster Raving Loony Party, & Fuzzville Festivals & tours in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal & Spain. The band have supported other acts such as Fat White Family, Public Service Broadcasting, King Khan & the Shrines (US), Andrew Weatherall, The Pandoras (US), Kinoco Hotel (Japan) & shows at the Danny Boyle curated Shuffle Film Festivals.
Oh! Gunquit have recently recorded tracks with Detroit Record Producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Gories, The Dirtbombs, Detroit Cobras) with which a new 7" single 'Nomads Of The Lost' (with accompanying video) came out November 2016 on Trash Wax records + a limited edition cassette released by Burger Records imprint Weiner Records which came out in September 2016. Their New Album & second studio album 'Lightning Likes Me' was released 22nd May 2017 on Decapitator Records / Dirty Water Records. Also in June 2017 their track 'Bad Bad Milk' was used on US Magazine VICE TV skateboarding show series called 'King Of The Road'.