By exploring the harmonic vision of bands like Television and Built To Spill, while channeling the sonic texture of Lou Reed’s Transformer, Gibraltar founder Aaron Starkey set out to seek what he didn't know about himself. He found catharsis, and a new band, in the search.
Along with pianist Holly Houser, drummer Nick Biscardi, and bassist Gwen Stubbs, the band is influenced by rock’s most creative outbursts: 70’s hard rock, 80’s punk/new wave, and 90’s alternative; Gibraltar makes a feel-good formula sound new again. Angular guitars buzz, Nicky Hopkins-like piano chimes, and yearning vocal melodies amp tension while encouraging anthemic sing-alongs. The sound is dark and moody, laden with memorable hooks.
"Let's Get Beautiful", the forthcoming full-length set to be released in March 2017, finds the band returning to collaborate with Matt Bayles at the helm. Gibraltar fully explores a sound captured primarily with live tracking.
"Our goal for this album," says Houser "was a more spacious, stripped down sound that highlights carefully-crafted interplay between instruments, providing moments of tension and release."