Gulp are Guto Pryce (Super Furry Animals) and Lindsey Leven, with Gid Goundrey providing guitar and Stuart Kidd on drums. Fuzzed-up bass, dream-pop vocals, acoustic and electronic drums and synths… their cinematic and ethereal sound is a musical manifestation of the road trip; the landscape and events along the way, filmic scenes and melodies – from the sun-squinting, flickering saturation and lens flare of the Californian desert to the gloamin of rural Scottish and Welsh homescapes.
June 2012 saw the release of their debut single, Game Love, which received a 5* review from Artrocker magazine and pick of the week in The Guardian Guide. In late 2012 Gulp toured the UK and Ireland supporting Django Django and also contributed to the Django’s Hi Djinx! remix lp with a cover version of Hand of Man.
Gulp’s second single Play was released in June 2013. They enjoyed appearances at many of the UK’s summer festivals, including Green Man, Kendal Calling and Festival No.6.
In March 2014 the band visited North America with shows at SXSW in Austin,Texas and Los Angeles. Gulp’s debut LP Season Sun was released in July 2014 on Sonic Cathedral (Europe) and Everloving Records (US). Uncut described it as “a spooked set of crepuscular pop, a Moogie wonderland furnished with some very good songs”. Season Sun has been nominated for the Welsh Music Prize 2014 with the winner to be announced on November 28th.
In October 2014 Gulp embarked on their second headline tour of the UK as well as playing shows with The Phantom Band and released the cassette and digital ep I Want To Dance, earning another pick of the week in The Guardian Guide. They will end the year playing some select shows as they work on album number two.
“a thing of eyeball popping beauty that deserves to have psychotropic palm leaves wafted at its feet (and then, ideally, eaten)” Artrocker 5 stars *****
“It’s an amalgam of 21st-century electronic squiggles and vintage airy psych-folk, as contemporary as video games and as old as the hills” Spin.com
“(Game Love’s) spooked demeanour suggests The Wicker Man getting fresh with Nancy Sinatra. That’s Gulp: easy to swallow, hard to forget” Guardian Guide Pick of the Week