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Gallops are impossible to sum up in a soundbite. Their music is too fresh, compulsive and inventive. It's cyborg soul music.
ADAM WALTON - BBC RADIO WALES
Post-rock, it appears, is alive and well, and living in Wales. A packed Kaz Bar sees a muscular set by Wrexham's Gallops, who successfully channel the riff-heavy, Oxes-style breed of post-rock, rather than Mogwai's snowflake prettiness/sonic maelstrom template. Fat, Sabbath-esque riffs underpinned with grooving drum patterns and smattered with laptop electronica; it's post-rock for the head and the heart, and a very promising start to the festival.
The town's silver lining has emerged: digital math-rockers Gallops, who have inherited more than horsey wordplay from their successful precursors. While they’ve harnessed the jerky propulsion of Foals, the riffs-as-rhythm of Pivot and the synthy tomfoolery so beloved of Battles, it's all built on a bedrock of post-rock and they’re not afraid to unleash guitars as heavy as, say, Russian Circles.
"Gallops; an instrumental four piece from Wrexham sounding like the four horses of the apocalypse, listening to God Speed you Black Emperor! Exclamation mark and all. "
LOUD AND QUIET
"It's not just their equine referencing moniker that Wrexham's Gallops share with a band like Foals. A shared love of sonic experimenters Battles, Don Caballerro and Pivot is hugely apparent. Yet their sound is all their own. In the disorientating surroundings of a wine bar their furious, raw, motorised computer-led crank-rock proves extremely potent."