Where their previous drop ‘Back 2 When’ indicated a refined focus for the band, ‘Irritating’ continues that renewed shift in the electronic space. Dedicated to the back-of-the-room introverts, ‘Irritating’ is your shy internal monologue played in real time; feeling “desperate for attention,” but fearful that everything said and done is “wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.” Throughout, GAUCI marry revved up guitars steeped in club-ready bass, helmed by their iconoclastic synth basis, the hero of each release mutated according to mood and motive.
Self-deprecating, though forthright over sour, of the biting release GAUCI explain, “Irritating is a melancholic dance floor anthem about hating yourself, wanting more out of life but also realising that you can break up with that voice inside yourself and get what you want. It went through many different versions but it wasn’t until we experimented with a heavier guitar sound that it all came together, experimenting with distortion all over the song ended up with something a little darker to our usual sound.”
Emblematic of Antonia, David and Felix’s enduring adherence to contemporary power pop and fierce punk; roaring alternative music and the euphoric release of the dancefloor are balanced with prudence, subtly complemented with tasteful sentimentality. This careful twist of impulses, GAUCI crafts into an impression entirely their own – a spirit firm in tethering the untenable or unexpected, much like their contemporaries in Cub Sport, Mallrat or Caroline Polachek. Auteurs on the rise, GAUCI enter 2023 ready to share hit after hit, with an upcoming performance alongside Vallis Alps at Oxford Art Factory this March.
‘Irritating‘ is independently out now, buy/stream it here.
Thu 16 Mar – Powerhouse Late x Carla Zampatti – Eora / Sydney
Fri 31 Mar – Oxford Art Factory – Eora / Sydney*
*supporting Vallis Alps
Stay connected with GAUCI:
Instagram | Facebook | Twitter