INTERVIEW / GRINGOH
Gringoh are a new two-piece band who hail from West London. They are inspired by a range of different sounds and artists from all over the world. Their debut single ‘Rules and Relations’ cascades from Latin American beats to heartfelt lyrics, showcasing just how diverse the Gringoh sound really is. We caught up with Cormac Crehan, who makes one half of Gringoh. We talked about: how the band formed, their recording process and what the future holds.
Hi guys, please introduce yourselves and your roles in the band?
Hi I’m Cormac, and me and my brother Feargal produce and write the songs for Gringoh. We both kind of multitask between instruments and roles. I guess I might be more on the writing side and Feargal’s more on the producing side - but we’re both pretty involved in both to be honest, there’s no distinct border.
When did your relationship with music begin?
We’ve been pretty musical from early on - we started on piano lessons, and dad played the guitar so we grew up with instruments around us. Our biggest influence is probably being in an Irish family where everyone’s pretty forced into getting involved in the music sessions. We’ve been in bands since we were pretty young I guess, our first band started in like early secondary school.
Tell us about the process of Gringoh forming?
We had been writing songs together for a while that didn’t really match with our other bands. I guess it was after coming back from Colombia I got inspired by the whole individual South American music scene. With that new inspiration we decided to actually set aside time to produce our first track and take it to the end. We just wanted to try and merge our indie sounding track with the sort of Latin carnival vibe. We didn’t really get why the different types of music had to be categorised as such separate things. From there we started finding our own sound and now we’re just carrying on trying to experiment with new ideas.
Do you have a specific sound? If so, how would you describe it?
I think at the moment we’ve been experimenting with taking elements of sounds and beats from Latin America and blending it with our UK upbringing of music. I think the whole party and dance culture that Latin America is renowned for, is influenced heavily by the beats and music created there. So that’s what we initially wanted to bring back from there. But we’re just continually trying to experiment with new sounds from new places, taking new inspiration from where ever we can find so we’re not sure where that’ll take us.
When can we expect your next release?
We should have our next track ready later on this week. We both started listening to a lot of new electronic music this year so we started on a track which we then merged to a remix of an old MIA song. This is going to be our next release which we’re really exited for. It’s given us a load of freedom to be creative with a full on electronic track that came from something that started off as something we made for ourselves.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
We’ve been really into Dutch trap and EDM - people like Bizzey, JPB and Mr. Polska. We’ve also really got into some old school samba like Cartola and Seu Jorge. We listened to Buena Vista Social Club and thought Cuban music banged, we’ve been listening to a load of Cuban stuff.
Is it possible that you might be performing live anytime soon?
We’re planning to get all the songs together and pretty final for releasing before we throw ourselves into gigging. Hopefully we can get something going for December if we can get ourselves sorted.
Song-wise, how much have you guys recorded so far?
We have a bunch of songs and projects that we’ve recorded and worked on, but both of us being over perfectionists there’s no telling when they will escape our back shed studio. But the next couple of singles are nearly there anyway.
Tell us about the recording process for you guys?
I think both of us are so overly critical of our own music. It can definitely be seen as a something positive, but it does lead to a longed out process of constantly creating, scrapping and changing. Unfortunately for us it’s not quite the same as those inspiring Ed Sheeran videos of how he made a hit in 5 minutes. We go through dozens of songs and melodies and cram them into songs where we chop and change constantly. It’s pretty over-analysing and self-depricating but at the end of it we have a song that we can listen to a load and be happy with. It’s a difficult process but at the same time we enjoy it more than anything else.
What were the key themes going into your recent tune ‘Rules and Relations’?
This first song was all about being in a community and always having the urge to escape. I think it’s something most people can relate to and come across at some point. It’s because the idea of just getting up and leaving to be somewhere completely new is always going to be teasing your mind. But the reality is that what keeps most of us from actually doing it is that we’re all almost forced into being pretty binded to our communities and people that surround us. So it’s the idea of what’s the better scenario to be in, which can of course also be seen as a good thing, all just depends which way you look at it.
How have you found the reaction to the release of the single?
It’s been really great. We spend so long in the studio trying to make something new and fresh, but there’s always a scare that when you’re experimenting with something different people aren’t going to get it. We didn’t know how it was going to go down with people but when we actually did release it was all positive. We’re really thankful for all the support and feedback people gave us.
Do you have any other things coming up you want to let us know about?
I’d say just keep your ears tuned. If we go off radar for a bit just know we’ll still be here cracking on, prepping for our next release.