- 16 May 23
Last week, five-piece Gurriers were announced as part of Pitchfork Music Festival's Avant-Garde programme in Paris.
Following their explosive debut single 'Approachable', Dublin-based noise rockers Gurriers have returned with their second single 'Sign Of The Times'.
As the band return from their incendiary live show at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, the new track from the quintet has its foundations in Irish punk, featuring a compelling bassline that detonates into warped guitar fuzz on the chorus.
Having been championed by the likes of Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio 6 Music and The Needle Drop’s Anthony Fantano, Gurriers' latest opus, 'Sign Of The Times', is just as enraged, frenetic and full-blooded as their debut.
Armed with classically intense vocals from lead singer Dan Hoff and wave of post-punk instrumentation, Gurriers’ sound appears to be firmly established.
“'Sign of the Times' examines the human obsession with violence, and how we have all become desensitised to the horrors we witness online through the growth of social media," the band note.
Recorded and mixed by Alex Greaves at The Nave Studio, with video editing by Ben O’Neill, the lyric video emphasises the societal introspection route the group are on.
"What is the root of all madness / We idle watching our screens / When frames become violence the eyes never leave their seats / It takes a second to seep in / We all mean to show it / To who's deemed worthy to see / Desensitised and morbidly curiously free / It's just a sign of the times," Hoff opens, before a cathartic chorus brings the frustration together.
Gurriers formed during the pandemic and emerged the other side with a debut gig on Halloween 2021. Since that fateful evening, the band become an important part of an increasingly talked-about Irish scene. For the last two years, they’ve honed their incendiary performing abilities from local venues through European festival stages rapidly making a name for themselves in the process.
Supporting acts like Enola Gay, Surf Curse, Been Stellar, and Goat Girl; their growing notoriety as a band not to miss has seen them tour the UK recently with Chappaqua Wrestling and Mary Wallopers. Gurriers have also played festivals such as The Great Escape (UK), SWN (UK), Mad Cool (ES), Reeperbahn (DE), and London Calling (NL), and the band have shows lined up at 2000 Trees, Latitude Festival, Electric Picnic and Pitchfork Music Festival London with more TBA.
Evolving in this time from a no-name musical project to an uncompromising punk rock band, Gurriers are undoubtedly part of Ireland's noise movement.
Watch the lyric video for 'Sign Of The Times' below.
07/07 - 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, UK
21/07 - Latitude Festival, Henham Park, UK
04/08 - Haldern Pop Festival, Rees-Haldern, DE
05/08 - Off Festival, Katowice, PL
03/09 - Electric Picnic, Stradbally, IE
11/11 - Pitchfork Music Festival London, UK