Passionate intensity and intricate depth
With its rousing, rip-roaring hooks and inspirited and impassioned narrative, “Naked & Blind” sees Gathering of Strangers make their mark as a voltaic guitar band with blistering potential — and the promise of more to come.
One-time strangers who would go on to forge the closest of bonds, Conor, Tom, Bruce, Peter and Andre came together in the creative crucible of Manchester while studying at University. Hailing from all corners of the country and with a diverse array of musical tastes, as Gathering of Strangers the quintet came together with one shared musical vision.
Defiantly ploughing their own furrow since their formation in 2015, the band have become long-established favourites in their newfound home. Selling-out headline shows at the likes of YES, Soup Kitchen and Night & Day, entrancing sets at Dot2Dot and Neighbourhood have also seen them win over the masses with triumphant festival appearances. They have also played support shows with Third Eye Blind, Morcheeba, and Electric Six to name a few.
Flirting their promise with a more mainstream audience, GoS has released a series of untouchable singles to date, with cuts like their head-turning debut “Nice Hair”, the intoxicating “Lady”, and impassioned recent single “Cherry Red”, gravitating ever-greater audiences to their cause and receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music, Kerrang Radio and XS Manchester in the process.
Writing songs of passionate intensity and intricate depth, the quintet has already worked with industry-recognised talent including Neal ‘X’ Whitmore (Marc Almond/Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Cenzo Townshend (Decoy Studios), David Watts (Kaiser Chiefs, Paul Heaton) and Frank Arkwright (Abbey Road), among many others who have been quick to recognise their glistening potential.