Seattle post-rock Gibraltar is the band for all your “driving fast and feeling the impossible feels” needs. Exploring the harmonic vision of bands like Television and Built To Spill (but with more coffee), and using the aural, gender, and emotional situations of Lou Reed’s “Transformer” as inspiration, founding member Aaron Starkey created Gibraltar to seek out what he didn’t know about himself and found the kind of catharsis that cracks you all the way open.
Along with Starkey, pianist Holly Houser, drummer Nick Biscardi, and horns (Sari Breznau on trumpet and Nate Henry on tenor sax) fill rooms of all sizes with sound. “We’re louder than we need to be, but not as loud as I want,” says Starkey. For those who crave the sonic release of nuanced lyrics set to “full steam ahead” dynamics, look no further. 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, and laden with memorable hooks.
Listeners will be treated to moments of delicate piano that dance atop aggressive driving percussion and the aching vocals that range from melancholic to declarative. The songs feel personal, even to newcomers. Gibraltar operates in that sweet spot between tension and release, familiarity and strangeness, certain and not. Layers of nearly dizzying controlled chaos keep the music energized and energizing. But don’t let the volume fool you – the music isn’t “just angry.” It’s also joyful and gentle and inquisitive. It’s about sharing the bruised parts of ourselves, the pained parts, and the healing of connection. If you want a band that wants you to enjoy what they play as much as they enjoy playing it, Gibraltar is for you.
Starkey, Houser, and Biscardi have decades of experience between them in the Seattle music scene and believe creating music is as only as good as the people you do it with. Band rehearsals usually involve a bourbon or two (neat, of course) and band expensing spreadsheets are littered with inside jokes.
Gibraltar’s live shows will leave your ears ringing and your heart so very alive.
“Let’s Get Beautiful” -The forthcoming full-length, set to be released in March, 2017, finds the band returning to collaboration with Matt Bayles at the helm and Gibraltar fully exploring their sound, captured primarily with live tracking. “Our goal for this album,” says Houser “was a more spacious, stripped down sound that highlights a carefully crafted interplay between instruments and provides moments of tension and release.”
“…Seattle post-punk outfit [Gibraltar] has excelled at crafting driving, no-nonsense melodic rock songs that cut like knives. The band fully displays this aesthetic on “Cold,” the first single from its upcoming album, Let’s Get Beautiful.” – Seattle Met Magazine
“Power pop with a hammer and a brain.” -Seismic-Sound
“Their edgy, twanged-up power pop is one of the best local debuts of the year.” -Seattle Weekly
“…One of the better local EP’s I’ve come across recently. The new Gibraltar EP [Storms] is a mix of raw emotion, and heart felt energy.” -John Richards, KEXP
“Gibraltar’s shifting dynamics and penchant for emotive, post-punk precision fuels their roaring rock songs.”
-Jacob Webb, KEXP
“…a stadium power rock style that includes vibrant guitar leads and steel-your-attention-cymbal-crashes. They are rock incarnate.”
-Jake Uitti, The Monarch Review, KEXP
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