There aren’t too many bands around who’d find it difficult to count the number of instruments they can play on their combined hands. For Nimmo And The Gauntletts though, this skill seems to be a given.
Naturally gifted, one of the elements making this five-piece so special is their musicality. On stage they easily chop and change equipment to create an everchanging but always identifiable landscape of noise, despite the first half of the band’s namesake insisting that she was “abysmal [at playing guitar] for two years” and spent most of her time “in the attic out of tune, desperate to be in a band”.
She, Nimmo, met the Gauntlett, Reva, at school and watching them interact it becomes obvious that they’ve grown up together - acting like siblings and finishing each other’s sentences. Coming from very different musical backgrounds, “it becomes quite difficult, as a five-piece, to show all of our influences without skipping between genres,” says Nimmo, but all five members do come together in a Venn diagram-style crossover with a collective love for Motown and hip-hop.
This love has transpired into a project they debuted live at their sold-out London Barfly show last month, inviting London rappers Loudmouth Melvin and K-Nite 13 on stage to spit over their melancholic brand of understated guitar and powerfully raw vocals. This still unnamed track marked the beginning of a collaborative hip-hop EP due at the end of the year, to be littered with some of the brightest emerging talents in UK rap, and adding yet another level of intrigue to the genre defying group.
Inclusion of elements such as Josh Faull’s uniquely devastating violin sound promises to deliver hip-hop like you’ve never heard, and even though they’ve “never been able to describe” their sound, Nimmo And The Gauntletts are making all of the right noises.
Words: Hayley Louise Brown
Photography: Cameron Alexander
Hair and Make Up: Sophie Costa using MAC
WHERE: North West London
WHAT: Syncopated alternative pop music
GET 3 SONGS: Change, Dealing Desire, Young Light
UNIQUE FACT: Josh can play Busta Rhymes and Kanye West on his violin.
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