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GALLERY CIRCUS – ‘Chi-Town Dogs’ EP Review


gallery-circusHailing from Newcastle, UK and comprising of identical twin brothers Daniel & Graeme Ross, Gallery Circus produce a sound that has some of the aggressive bluesy twists of Royal Blood with a little glam rock twist! Over the past year the duo have quickly built up a reputation as being one of the UK’s most formidable new live bands.

Adapting their name from the infamous Gallery Cabaret in Logan Square, Chicago, Gallery Circus began in this open mic party spot after the brothers decided to move to the USA and befriend the DIY punk scene. Here they played shows across makeshift venues in the city including punk gang clubhouses, skate parks and rooftop parties. Chi-Town Dogs is named after the famous Chicago hot dog and is a nod to the town where they started it all.

The opening track has a latent power provided by a solid drum foundation and some dirty riffs that build to an excellent chorus replete with backing vocals – Holland On Fire just gnaws away and gets to your very soul with its persistent power and poise – super song that had me hooked immediately!

The title track Chi-Town Dogs opens with a Blur style keyboard, and then the vocals hit some falsetto notes whilst the guitar threatens to burst the amp with intermittent booming chords. The entire track had a Kinks/Blur feel to me with a Black Keys bluesy progression. Gallery Circus are different, professional and churn out foot stompers for sure.

Sugar lays down another super riff that turned heads here in the office – the Royal Blood comparisons are right on the money although these guys have their own twist for sure. The four track EP concludes with The Flood where the boys vary the theme a little and build a solid song absolutely ready for radio play – the EP will be released on August 4th – check them out here and get this one: https://www.facebook.com/gallerycircus