30 seconds with… GURT

GURT, featuring the vocals of PRS for Music's very own Gareth Kelly, take (in their own words) "the blues and groove of 70s rock and drag it backwards through the swamps of Louisiana." Gareth elaborates in this week's 30 seconds with M...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 29 Sep 2011
  • min read
GURT, featuring the vocals of PRS for Music's very own Gareth Kelly, take (in their own words) "the blues and groove of 70s rock and drag it backwards through the swamps of Louisiana." Gareth elaborates in this week's 30 seconds with M...

1. Where does the name ‘GURT’ come from?
It’s a Bristolian slang word used to exaggerate things, it basically means 'Great' or 'very large.' As most of us are from the West Country we wanted to pay tribute to that as we loves it!



2. How did you guys form and how long have you been together as a group?
We have known each other for a long time and all but Simon went to university together. Jamie (guitars), John (bass) and Simon (drums) all played together in another blues rock band called ‘Rowse’ and I helped them film the shows whilst on tour. We had a drunken late night conversation saying how it would be funny to try out a metal band and decided that we should have a practice and play around with some ideas and it worked! That was nearly 2 years ago now and although it started as a bit of a joke we have come a long way since.

3. Where do you get your inspirations from?
We take a lot of inspiration from bands that we love and that are in the same or similar genre (Blues, Doom, Sludge) to quote Pablo Picasso "Good artists copy, Great artists steal".

4. What’s the best thing about performing live?

Apart from seeing the enjoyment (or fear) on people faces as you play its got to be winning over people who may not necessarily listen to our style of music. Apart from the extreme vocals the music is very accessible and if people can tolerate the noise coming out of my mouth then they are usually on side!



5. Who’s your favourite guitarist and why?
Kurt Windstein from a New Orleans band called Crowbar – What a beard!!

6. If you could support any artist alive or dead, who would that be and why?
I think we can all safely say it would have to be Led Zeppelin.

7. When can we catch you guys performing next?
We are playing very soon on Saturday 1 October at The Windmill in Brixton (one of the best small venues in London).. It’s at a night that I run and promote and we have a collection of some of the best bands on our scene at the moment. Also, PRS for Music’s very own ‘Sedulus’ are on the bill too.

After that we are playing a number of shows in the run up to the end of the year including Oxford, Brighton and Birmingham. All of which can be seen on our website and Myspace.

www.gurt.co.uk
www.myspace.com/gurtsludge

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