When I first took interest in recording music in college, there were a few bands initially I had a chance to work with and Guillemots was one of them. A British band making small waves in the US, but they were at least making waves none the less, which was good enough for a young aspiring music producer/ engineer. They taught me two things. One was there’s WAY better music out there than top 40 and jam bands (which I was VERY into at the time…I know) and the second was that you could put a pickup in a typewriter and use it as an instrument. My mind was blown. This is what we came up with.
Who Left The Lights Off Baby – Guillemots (Live At WERS 88.9fm Boston)
Fyfe Dangerfield formed Guillemots in 2004. That last track was from the EP “From The Cliffs” released in 2006. They released a great record called “Red” in 2008 and three years later I am so stoked they are releasing new music. Their new record is called “Walk The River,” and I think will probably splash a little louder than they did years ago.
The Basket – Guillemots
There is only one way to describe Guillemot’s sound… BIG. Huge vocals, massive guitars/ drums, vast effects that create a completely huge listening spectrum. From a recording standpoint this band is just plain fun to listen to and from a music fans perspective, what’s not to love?
Vermillion – Guillemots
With “Walk the River” I think we are listening to a matured Guillemots. This record has a very specific sound fixated on the melodies not just the driving drums and ethereal effects that are integral in past recordings. For those who have listened to this band before or after reading this plan to look into them further I’ll think you’ll see those elements as a distinct link throughout all the music, but I also think you’ll hear their best work yet as all the songs on this record form a cohesive listening experience.
Walk The River – Guillemots
Yes this band can rock but as I saw many years ago there is a very thoughtful and beautiful side to the music as well. Gorgeous ballads such as “Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes” have such vivid imagery of someone fighting inner demons. With heavy industrial rhythms set back in the mix Fyfe Dangerfield’s voice soars above all. Backed by Aristazabal Hawkes on bass and percussion, Greig Stewart on Drums and MC Lord Magrão on just about everything else (guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, accordion, xylophone, theremin, synth, bass, typewriter, musical saw, electric drill,melodica, melodeon) Guillemots is bound for a comeback although in my opinion they have never left. Recently anticipating the release of “Walk the River” Guillemots played a pair of local sold out secret shows in the UK. Since its release in April it has been well received and they are currently touring making appearances all over the UK. Their tour page is HERE.
Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes – Guillemots
Do yourself a favor and grab “Walk The River.” It’s available through the bands website HERE.
This band was one of the best bands I have had the pleasure to work with and thankfully they continue to experiment and release great new music for my (and your) ear drums. Hopefully with the success of their most recent release we’ll see a state side tour, which I’m sure will destroy every single club it stops at. As usual here’s the last track from Guillemots “Walk The River”.
Yesterday Is Dead – Guillemots
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC