Easily one of the most energetic outfits I’ve encountered this year, Gecko Club have recently released their summer-tinged new single ‘Summer 2020’. I sat down with the fantastic band to chat about musical influences, what’s in store for the rest of the year and music recommendations.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Exotic Beach Pop
Who are your main musical influences and why?
We take inspiration from a lot of different influences to be honest. Between the four of us, we listen to music across the spectrum. I listen to a lot of punk and reggae, but with loads of other genres in there too when I fancy it. Rolfe tends to listen to a lot of older rock n roll music, or blues. His favourite is Jimi Hendrix who is obviously top notch. Jono usually listens to more jazzy type things which helps bring a different element of influence to our music. And finally James listens to loads of brand new music and builds some pretty good multi-genre playlists off the back of doing that. But overall our influences mainly come from the Australian scene at the moment. We’re not fans of much British indie as such, but the australian bands get it spot on so we use a lot of that in our music. Because of it, we’re yet to hear a band that sounds anything close to us in the UK, which we love!
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
I’m pretty sure I can speak for the band and say we prefer performing live. For me, that is why we do it. Recording music is fun in itself, and the fact you’re creating something that has never existed before, ready to show all your fans is awesome but nothing beats performing live. We’ve done a few recorded gigs to be played online due to the pandemic, and that’s fun but it doesn’t come close to having a load of people stood in front of you causing a ruckus. The reason we commit so much of our time and energy to the band is ultimately, for those live shows, for the after party, meeting all the people who want to come and hear the music we’ve made. It feels so good and I’d rather never record another song again, over never playing another show.
Give our listeners some music recommendations that we should check out!
There’s always an endless list of reccommendations. I feel that since I’ve played in a band, I’ve come across a lot of really good, small bands that barely have a following, a lot more often. That’s always nice, slightly sad too knowing that the commercial side of the industry make i very difficult for small artists to actually get themselves out there. Some of the best smaller artists we know are Ralph Taylor, Della B, Fake A Smile, The Koalaz and Drop Legs. Some bigger artists include Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley, Lime Cordiale, Skegss and Will and the People.
What’s in store for you for the rest of the year?
We have some dates booked in, hopefully COVID won’t completely ruin this years plans too. We play DSCNNCT Festival in Cambridge on July 31st, MadNes Festival in Holland on August 27th and Hempiness Festival in Italy on September 3rd. We have our first full capacity hometown headliner since 2019 on August 5th, which is nearly sold out as well as another for good measure on September 2nd. We’re in the process of booking more dates around the UK to branch out to our fans up north, but it’s still quite slow due to the uncertainty.