Hot on the heels of their Mercury Prize 2014 nomination for v2.0, and with their March 2015 Union Chapel show selling out in just a few weeks, GoGo Penguin continue their meteoric rise by announcing their biggest show yet at KOKO in Camden on June 12th.
The band have managed to create a sound that is wholly their own - anthemic melodies from pianist Chris Illingworth hypnotise over rolling, skittering beats from drummer Rob Turner, all propelled forward by pulsing acoustic bass lines from Nick Blacka. Their instrumentation might be the archetypal piano trio but while the melodic, harmonic and structural ideas are influenced by both classical and jazz, the rhythms are drawn from across the rich history of the UK rave scene. It’s this meeting of opposites that makes their unique acoustic-electronica sound so exciting, drawing on a heady brew of influences from Brian Eno, Debussy and John Cage to Squarepusher, Aphex Twin and Massive Attack, with a dose of the grey, rain-streaked urbanity of Manchester thrown into the mix.
GoGo Penguin are already being hailed as one of the UK’s most important new bands by figures across the music world including BBC Radio 6music DJ Gilles Peterson, and this show will feature the debut performance of new material from their hotly-anticipated forthcoming third album.
"Jazz, techno, hip-hop and dubstep are glimpsed here, but for all the looping motifs and dance floor vibes, this is the work of three sure-footed improvisers with deep jazz roots".
“I think they’re special…and the response has been amazing".
Gilles Peterson 6 Music
"[v2.0] showcases a group marking out their own musical world"
“A stirring re-evaluation of what a piano trio should sound like in the 21st century” -
Barclaycard Mercury Prize