PURPOSELY burdening themselves with the now familiar feat of following  superb support slots from much hyped acts Pumarosa and Cash & David, Gengahr seem quietly self-assured as they stride onto the hallowed King Tut’s stage and courteously nod at the large crowd that has gathered to catch their set.

Seeming altogether breezy and carefree as they pick up their instruments and prepare to launch into what will prove to be a high octane set, it’s refreshing to see a band that is well aware of the hype that surrounds them and appear to be reveling in it as opposed to being fearful of the possible negative connotations that come with it.

Fresh from being unjustly snubbed by The Mercury Prize for their stunning debut A Dream Outside, it seems as though any concerns outwith what is taking place this very evening couldn’t be further from their minds as they launch into the forceful ‘Dizzy Ghosts.’

Filled with the kind of delectable melodies, emotive vocals and tangential spells of ferocious guitar that have became staples of their sound, the opening track of their debut LP seems as much of a statement of intent as ever in the live setting.

No longer adhering to the structure of their record as a setlist, the rip-roaring ‘Heroine’ begins with hardly a second’s respite and is met by a great deal of activity from within the receptive and gripped crowd.

One thing which becomes immediately apparent at this stage is just how much time the London-based outfit have put into ensuring that the magic of their debut translates just as well to the live arena; with each track making the transition seamlessly and sounding every inch as energetic and accomplished.

Venturing away from A Dream Outside, frontman Felix Bushe casually enquires as to whether anyone has checked out their recent EP Tired Eyes to which many of those gathered in the quaint yet iconic venue bellow back in hearty affirmation.

Nonchalantly launching into its title track, the fact that the band had the audacity to release an EP which is so relentlessly enjoyable mere months after their debut’s emergence is staggering and indicates that a sophomore slump shall not be any concern for them. Striding assuredly towards less nuanced rock ‘n’ roll in some of its guitar lines, it’s at moments in which the band are free to throw caution to the wind and wildly thrash at their guitars is when it becomes obvious that Gengahr are one of the more creative and daring bands operating in the UK today; undeterred by any notion of reining their sound in to fit one particular genre.

Tracks such as the bombastic ‘Powder’, ‘Bathed In Light’ and ‘Where I Lie’; a math rock-infused number which veers from sinister to joyous at an alarm rate, all garner enthusiastic responses from the crowd and see the band firing on all cylinders.

‘Fill My Gums With Blood’ remains a standout in a similar manner as it appears on record, loaded with vigorous drumming, wonderful falsetto vocals and a final coda which emphasises the band’s affinity for letting loose with a deluge of incredible guitar.

With impassioned calls for ‘one more tune’ echoing around the venue as the band make their way, Gengahr seem all too happy to oblige and quickly reappear to round off the gig in style.

Performing not one but two tracks, the band keep the audience on their toes before eventually bringing the night to a logical conclusion with ‘She’s A Witch’, the song which has possibly assisted them in their career thus far more than any other and one which will certainly remain a stuanch fan favourite as they progress throughout their career.

That’s one thing that was made crystal clear over the course of this headline show and that is the fact that they will indeed progress; as heady a height as tonight’s resoundingly well-received show may have seemed to both the band and those in attendance, the pinnacle of Gengahr’s career is a long way down the road and it’s sure to be a thrilling journey for all who fall for their charms along the way.

Be sure to look out for our upcoming session with Gengahr surfacing on TTV soon.