Wednesday, 9 May 2012

British Underground 001: Dopefight, Gurt

To some Britain is just another bunch of islands the other side of the world, some closer to home see it as an opportunity for looting and pillaging their own lands, to touring bands a routine stop off when trekking around Europe and to many Britain is the birth place of modern stoner, doom and all related genres.

To some of us here, Britain is the site of an incredible underground heavy music scene. It's a scene that seems to grow stronger and more diverse every day with both long established bands and brand new ones, raw and hungry as hell. There are many awesome underground labels as well.

This series will mainly focus on the new blood. They deserve more attention than our idols locked in contract disputes and legal matters and to be blunt they are now more important. They are sweating it out because they HAVE to. They are driven to do it, to keep exploring the riffs, the sounds and to create a connection between themselves, their peers and this earth.

Enough waffle, on with the music. First up I'm starting with a double; Gurt and Dopefight, two insanely heavy bands floating around the stoner sludge realm. They have recently self released a split 7" with name your price digital versions. Listen here:

Dopefight tracks
Gurt tracks

You can order the split 7" from either of the bands so take your pick:
Buy from Dopefight
Buy from Gurt

And you can get the downloads from the bands and name your price here:
Download the Dopefight tracks
Download the Gurt tracks

Dopefight

Give us a brief history of the band
Dopefight is a Sludge/Stoner/Doom band and was formed in early 2009 by Owen, Paul and Ant and is based in Brighton, UK. To date Dopefight has 4 releases out and many more to come.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
Fudge Tunnel, Ramesses, Orange Goblin, Dead Existence, Gurt, Trippy Wicked, Hang The Bastard, Witch Cult, Stubb, Astrohenge, Enos, Slabdragger etc...

What are your plans for the future?
We have a short European weekender with Your Highness next weekend (11th-13th May) and then a UK Tour in July and then the EyeHateGod UK tour in August. After that we will look into recording our second album and in the meantime a split 7" with Trippy Wicked will be released.

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
Dopefight on Facebook

Gurt

Give us a brief history of the band
Everyone but Gareth (vocals) played in a blues band called Rowse (think Gentlemen's Pistols, but the farmer version) and when on tour in 2009 whilst Gareth was filming the shows it was decided to try a horrible filthy side project which was first going to be called 'Gunt' but soon became 'GURT' to link in with our west country origins. From there we played the odd few gigs at places like the Gaff until we started putting our own Doom/Sludge themed evenings on at the Windmill in Brixton. It was then that we starting meeting all our peers in the local area and beyond playing same/similar style music and it really helped get GURT its name and build on a blossoming genre and scene! We have recently had a line up change due to John (Bass) moving to Singapore and Jamie (Guitar) moving to San Francisco so we have recently added 2 very close friends in David (Bass) who has played with us before and Rich (Guitar) who also plays for the mighty Sedulus.

What are some of your favourite British underground bands, past or present?
Past = Iron Monkey, Earthtone9, Medulla Nocte and many more form the late 90s when British metal was really in a good place!

Present = Dopefight, Trippy Wicked, Sedulus, Diesel King, Dead Existence, Slabdragger, Iron Witch, The Bendal Interlude, I could be here all day there is WAY too many to mention!!

What are your plans for the future?
Certainly not World domination but we have intention of getting new material out quickly in the form of a small EP or another Split. There are 2 songs that we have that we want to do something with but more importantly with our new line-up it's time to get writing some new stuff! Our plan first is to get some gigs under our belt and get settled as GURT Version 2.0 then see where we are at then….. It's all very exciting!

Where's the best place people can keep up with what you are up to?
Gurt on Facebook

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