Gentlemen join the Rotosound roster
Originating separately from the UK, Italy and Australia, the five piece – consisting of brothers Paul (vocals, guitar) and Edward Housden (keys, vocals), Philip Brillo (guitar) and rhythm section Simon Shields (bass, vocals) and Geno Carrapetta (drums) – connected through their shared love of obscure 70’s records. Their formation in 2012 was the beginning of a journey which has seen them blossom into a completely immersive and thrillingly eccentric new whole.
Secluding themselves from London’s heaving environs to purify their sound, ‘Night Reels’ was taken from the city and honed in the sweeping country plains of county Cork. Producing the collection themselves, they became immersed in the progressive and jazz sounds of the ‘70s, finding kinship in artists like George Duke, Gentle Giant, Todd Rundgren, Pink Floyd. Their sound grew with the passion of its forbearers before returning to London as a new sonic phenomenon.
“We had to remove ourselves so we found this remote cottage with only cows for neighbours”. “With ‘Night Reels’ we wanted to draw on the sounds we saw as classic but make a forward thinking record – the sort of record we would want to lay back and listen to late at night.”
Combining 2013’s acclaimed ‘Night Reels I’ EP with the brand new ‘Night Reels II’ EP, ‘Night Reels’ is Gentlemen’s first collection of blissed-out guitar synesthesia put to record in jaw-dropping style.
With ‘Night Reels I’ – the first half of this new collection and their debut release – the likes of the darkly sweltering ‘Late Nacht’ and the twisted pop of ‘Children of The Setting Sun’ saw their debut output acclaimed by the likes of Zane Lowe, NME and The Guardian as well as finding themselves continually packing out shows in their adopted London hometown. Now with its espousal tracks ushered in by the glorious bombast of ‘Gentle Duke’, Gentlemen’s beautifully kaleidoscopic vision comes fully into light.
Balancing their astute pop sensibility with a massive array of breathtaking instrumentation and swooping melodies – note the ornately mellow keys of ‘Midnight Movie’ switching seamlessly to the cathartic, genre-bending instrumental of ‘Underground’ – ‘Night Reels I’ is the display of Gentlemen at the peak of their mind-altering powers..