Since getting together in 2016, this stylish, retro loving four-piece have enjoyed notable success; a sell out show at Leicester’s O2 Academy, a number one spot on iTunes and support from radio stations across the country.
Oh and Hollywood actor Stephen Graham is a big fan – so much so that he offered to star in the music video for one of their songs back in 2018.
It goes without saying that Gazelle, (namely Ryan Dunn – vocals/guitar; Ben Gooch – guitar; Richard Sorbi – bass; and Danny Wright – drums) must be doing something right!
“We are four working class lads who were brought together by a mutual love of British subcultures – the old 60s mod scene and the punk era of the 70s,” Ryan told Pukaar.
“I think we’re all a bit dissatisfied and uninspired with current music and what’s in today’s charts. It’s lost that authenticity I think,” he added.
“What we’re trying to do is something a little bit different – bringing the influences of those bands from the past that we admire – The Beatles and The Stones and making something new and fresh and exciting with it.”
You can certainly hear those influences in Gazelle’s latest single ‘Lady Blue Sky,’ which has a ‘trippy’ 60s vibe and a stylish retro aesthetic to boot (check out the music video on Youtube).
The song has been described by the band as ‘their best yet,’ and listeners certainly agree. It topped the iTunes alternative indie chart back upon release and received rave reviews online.
Gazelle also reached new heights in the video for the track (quite literally), as it was filmed on the roof of Leicester’s Hogarths pub.
“We’re proud to be from Leicester – it’s a city that’s very close to our hearts and we like to shout about it from the rooftops whenever we can!” said Ryan.
“We have great support from people in the city. Whenever we play a homecoming gig, the crowd just gets bigger and bigger. When you see people singing the lyrics back to you and telling you how much they mean to you – lyrics you wrote on your bed at home, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Although the band still have their day jobs, they are hopeful that they can follow in the footsteps of successful bands like Kasabian and Easy Life, who both came out of Leicester.
“We keep plugging away and everything seems to be going in the right direction,” revealed Ryan – a barber by trade.
“We keep working hard and climbing the ladder. The reason we do what we do is because we believe in ourselves and genuinely think we’ve got something to offer to the music scene.
“Hopefully this time next year we’ll have a number one album and be playing Wembley – that would be nice! You never know!”
To listen to Gazelle’s music, search for them on Spotify and YouTube.
You can catch them live at Leicester’s 2Funky Music Cafe on December 16.