As I mentioned in my 2018 round-up article last month, one of the most pleasing surprises I had adventuring through London’s live music scene last year was a chance encounter with Brighton quintet The Guts. I found them supporting The Hirsch Effekt at a show in Camden in the immediate aftermath of Tech Fest. The band first captured my attention with a spirited and energetic performance (even despite playing to a relatively sparse audience) and retained it with some inventive, and occasionally playful, songwriting. Great fun.
The Guts kick out a raw and raucous sound, from the punky end of the mathcore spectrum. With a total of three members of the band contributing vocals, including a keyboard player, the net result sounds like a crossroads collision involving Rolo Tomassi, Heck, Sikth and The Wildhearts. Fortunately, this brash and high-octane sonic stew translates to record, as we first found out with their debut EP, Flesh, released at the tail end of 2017. This EP showed that the songs are still enjoyable even without the band literally bouncing off the walls in front of you. What’s more, it also showcased a penchant for punny song titles, including “Slipped Disco” and the quite masterful “Bukkake Veyron”.
We are pleased to assist The Guts in kicking off 2019 in style with this premiere of new single, “Dice”, the first new recording since Flesh was released. Unsurprisingly, it’s another raging stomper, with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure. You can decide for yourself which is more surprising; the inclusion of a scratchy guitar solo (which I understand is the first the band have committed to tape) or the bossa-nova interlude. I can safely say I did not see that coming. In any case, the song is great and will no doubt be joined by more new offerings before too long.
The band also have a few live dates in the diary, including the beginnings of a tour in April:
- Brighton – 26th January
- Bad Pond Festival – 21st April – Also featuring Jamie Lenman, Three Trapped Tigers, Body Hound (and a certain Heavy Blog writer in the audience)
- Hastings – 25th April
- Nottingham -26th April
More dates will be added soon, so if you like what you hear on “Dice” (or indeed on Flesh, which is available here) then loop yourself in with their Facebook to stay up to date (algorithms permitting).