THE GALLERY - Deuteronomy (Single)
THE GALLERY are an indie punk four-piece hailing from Wakefield. In a short space of time this band have been creating a stir on the northern indie scene. Songs from their debut EP ‘A Safe Approach to Being’ have been aired on BBC Introducing Leeds and other radio platforms. 2017 saw the band performing back to back headline shows with a debut tour undertaken in 2018.
THE GALLERY describe themselves as nihilist post punk, which by definition suggests a meaningless life combined with a gothic, industrial and alternative rock influence. They themselves explain ‘Deuteronomy’ as describing the bands feelings of hopelessness and confinement that has come to dominate the social media age.
This isn’t a band I have come across before and I’m not sure what I was expecting to hear. Would it be a dark dirge lamenting the end of the modern world? Would I feel the need to sit in a vat of jelly to take away the grim feeling of the social media universe crumbling around me? Would ‘Deuteronomy’ bring me to a state of angst? It might have done if it wasn’t so damn good!
THE GALLERY bring everything to this track, and quite possibly are carving a new post modernist punk genre of their own whilst leaving the usual clean cut indie band sound behind. Within four seconds of hitting play, listening to this song quietly wasn’t enough, ‘Deuteronomy’ begs to be played loud!
The opening blend of drumbeats and guitars literally reverberate through your ribs with a slow compelling rhythm that picks up pace when the frontman’s gritty, brash vocals hit. The wave of music keeps the drama building throughout and is a perfect match to the dark message within the lyrics. By the time the chorus hits they have you and you’ll be up on your feet bouncing around to the irresistible heavy drum beat and addictive guitars. ‘Deuteronomy’ has a way of getting into your head and commands more than one spin.
This song displays a maturity that you'd expect from a much more established band and has a sound that will appeal to both home and international tastes. These guys are great to listen to but after watching the official video for their previous single ‘Pesticide’, the energy and emotion that goes into their performance hugely increases the impact of their music and message. Although ‘Deutoronomy’ feels like a song that you’d readily hear in a dark, back street grungy venue, THE GALLERY deserve to be heard at large festivals with a bouncing crowd singing their lyrics back at them and are definitely a band to keep an eye on.
The Gallery are:
Joe Anderson Smith
See The Gallery at: The Fringe at Tramlines, Saturday 20th July | 3pm-late Free Entry
Watch the video for previous single ‘Pesticide’ here: