By Miles Raymer
Updated February 26, 2015 at 06:57 PM EST
Credit: Steve Gullick

London four-piece Gengahr’s list of influences includes stuff like Lou Reed, Can, and Radiohead that will elicit appreciative chin-strokes from fans of tasteful, clever guitar rock. But they also cite classic horror films right alongside them, and if you listen closely you can hear echoes of Hammer Studios and Dario Argento. (Or you could just check the lyric sheet to their breakout single “Fill My Gums With Blood,” a perky indie pop cut about a lovestruck vampire.)

The band’s horror-fan side comes through even more clearly in the video for their latest single, “She’s a Witch” (from their upcoming EP of the same name, out March 10 on Transgressive Records) which pairs a song that locates the common ground between David Bowie, Elliott Smith, and Radiohead with a short film about a medieval witch trial. Make sure you stick around for the part where the song’s wicked fuzzed-out guitar solo syncs up with an impressive bit of axe-throwing.

Gengahr will be peforming at the upcoming SXSW Festival:

Tuesday, March 17 ( SXSW Transgressive/Rockfeedback showcase)

10:00PM – 10:40PM

Buffalo Billiards

Wednesday, March 18th (BBC Introducing & PRS For Music Foundation Showcase)


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