When I first heard Gallops back last summer, it didn’t take long to realise what a special addition to the burgeoning scene of British instrumental bands they were. Along with fellow CMU Approvees Three Trapped Tigers and Talons, they take instrumental rock and breathe a new lease of life into it, when those heading down the more traditional post-rock route have largely dug themselves into a formulaic rut. Hell, Gallops you can even listen to with a smile on your face.
Coming nine months after their debut EP, double A-side single ‘Joust/Eukodol’ is due for release via Holy Roar/Blood & Biscuits on 23 May. Although fast movers will be able to pick up a limited edition seven-inch on Record Store Day. And those that do will be very wise, because both tracks find the band on top form, upbeat and technically mindblowing. And to get the full force of this, you can catch them on tour in the UK from Friday, winding up at the Old Blue Last in London on 7 Apr.