Choirs conjure up a tirade of stereotypes, usually involving grey hair and cups of 50p tea served in polystyrene. As a member of London Philharmonic Choir my liver can certainly prove we drink more Stella than PG Tips.
Gaggle, the female alternative choir from London, are legions apart from crusty old veneer of group singing. They’ve won praise from NME and were awarded Best New Band at this year’s Camden Crawl Emerging Talent Awards.
Signed to one of my favorite labels Transgressive Records, the 23 girls – all with pseudonyms like Gusset, Strick and Wunderla – are led by classically trained Deborah Coughlin but it’s her punk roots that come to the fore on their first single I Hear Flies. Coughlin co-writes the songs with her former 586 band member, Simon Dempsey.
If Gaggle can use all the 23 forces available to them, they could genuinely offer something completely different to everything in music right now – and Christ, we need it.
They’ve just about finished their album and whilst we wait for its release you can watch the video for the dark and excellent single I Hear Flies:
Gaggle have just announced new live dates in Germany, France and the UK.