It’s safe to say Gurr have had a busy year. Aside from beating off stiff opposition (The XX, Laura Marling & King Krule) to win the much coveted IMPALA European Album of the Year Award, the German duo have toured relentlessly – a sold-out headline tour and support tours with Shame and The Go Team – and still found time to pen ‘In My Head’s‘ highly anticipated follow-up.
Despite it’s bold title and seemingly warm connotations, upcoming single and first taster of their new material ‘Hot Summer’ was conceived on a very grey day in London. The pair tried to capture „that feeling of despair when everyone around you is happy, but somehow you just don’t feel it,” and produced by Richard X (Roisin Murphy, Goldfrapp, Kelis,) the result is a no-nonsense anti-summer anthem. The perfect antidote to those generic auto-tuned pop songs about dancing and drinking in the sun.
IMPALA European Album of the Year Winners 2018
„We wrote the song on a very grey day in London and I think this added to us focusing on the darker sides of summer. It’s such an iconic time of year time and something we long for so often, but in the ends up having very little to do with reality. We wanted to write a song that sounds like you want to get fucking crazy to it but also shout: Shit, maybe the condom did break, or shit, did I forget to take the pill, or shit, why is everyone around me doing ok and I feel like I need therapy. It’s a celebration of the imperfect summer, and everyday neurosis.” Gurr’s Laura Lee and Andreya Casablanca
As well as returning with new material, Gurr will also be playing a bumper section of over 20 European festivals this year. The ‘Hot Summer Festival Tour’ will include performances at Rock Am Ring, Melt and Lollapalooza Berlin. They can also exclusively announce a headline show at The Garage on November 29th, their biggest show in the UK capital to date. More details of their second album to come.
Watch Gurr’s performance of „Hot Summer“ at Neo Magazin Royale with Jan Böhmermann