Gallery Circus – Chi-Town Dogs (Killing Moon Records)

Genre: Twin Rock

Gallery Circus describe their own genre as twin rock, in light of the fact that they are made up of Dan and Graeme Ross – identical twins who play like their life depended on it.

The Tyneside rock duo have plenty of experience behind them as well as more than enough songs to fit into one short EP.

It’s been a long time coming and remarkably Chi-Town Dogs is their debut record. How they’ve managed to chose the specific four to go into the collection is anyone’s guess but they should be pleased with the outcome.

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Among the cut that does make it are Holland On Fire and Club House Killer – two songs that came out over the summer of 2016. The former is a slower, more rythmic approach to the twin’s useful frantic style, while the latter is a big, brash blast of of rock ‘n roll that’s tightly controlled by Graeme behind the drums.

Gallery Circus honed their craft a long way from their Newcastle home in the Chicago DIY punk scene, and there is still a feel of reckless abandon on Chi-Town Dogs.

Latest single Sugar maintains that air of fuzz around the edges but plays with a much more singalong chorus as well as making full use of staggered rhythms and Dan’s razor sharp guitar work. It’s different from their previous work in a not-too-obvious way and it’s no surprise that this is their latest song and new single.

While EP opener is the eponymous Chi-Town Dogs that sets the scene in typical Gallery Circus style. Much like Club House Killer it’s full of abrasive guitar and in-your-face drumming that can make two-piece bands so attractive to listen to.

This record has taken a long time to get off the ground and the band have a lot more to offer, but this is a tantalising glimpse into a very positive future.

RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 These lot are no circus tricksters


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