27 Feb 2019
Gonzai say some words about Gum Takes Tooth's 'Arrow'
Gum Takes Tooth finally gives signs of English rock life
If you thought that all the English were good for the woodshed since the Brexit announcement, it may well be that the duo Gum Takes Tooth gives you something to start a temporary ceasefire.
What do bands like The Coral, The Kooks, Sweden, or Echo and the Bunnymen have in common? They are all English, certainly, but most of all they have been playing for 10, 20 or 30 years and we break them small menu with varying intensity; to the point that it becomes difficult to know if this island of rednecks still shelters rockers of less than 45 years (we are aware for Shame and Fat White Family, thank you). In this global indifference, therefore, two Londoners have published since 2011 albums that have to cross the Channel in backstroke so their names will not tell you anything. The next, named "Arrow", will not bring England back on track, but it has the merit of surprising as it passes all the musical genres in the shaker. The electronic hacks of Radiohead, the side of the Chemical Brothers' ecstasy, Brian Eno, Hookworm, Snapped Ankles; in short it is the great Amazon forest in the head of Jussi Brightmore and Thomas Fuglesang. Which is good because physically, the two whites having exceeded the thirties since perpetuity will never appear in One of the magazines...
Read the full piece here: Gonzai