Gorman

Gorman

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR
BandAlternativeRock

Dark moods with soaring vocals - fierce but fragile, harrowing but hopeful. From solitary piano and voice with delay-laden textures to sizzling guitars with anthemic hooks, Gorman are the long, silent fall through darkness AND the firey, reverberating impact at the end.

Biography

Gorman have been in existence since 2006 when it became apparent to pianist, song writer and front-man Chris Gorman that reproducing the light and dark dynamics of the songs that he was painstakingly committing to tape in a live setting, without sacrificing the broad spectrum of sounds and textures that they contain, would require the assistance of versatile, dedicated and patient musicians. These he found in Iain (Drums), Gerry (Bass) and finally Dave (Guitar).

Taking melodic cues from the likes of Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, the abstract soundscapes of Robert Fripp and the dynamics of post-rock pioneers Mogwai, Gorman can switch from a single voice with piano to a searing rock collaboration without warning.

With the release of debut album "Kairos” (2009), Gorman honed their sound to a keen edge. With the album garnering critical acclaim, Gorman gigged extensively with shows from Elgin to Leicester. Particular highlights came in 2010, with Chris's appearance at Scotland's 'T in the Park' festival and a solid week of headline performances by the band at 'Japan Music Week 2010' in Tokyo to an unbelievable public reception.

Now coming to end of a run of domestic festival dates and with the recording of their next release underway, 2011 promises ever more exciting times for Gorman.

Lyrics

Porcelain

Written By: Gorman

Porcelain

I said
I’d trust you with my life and that’s still true
Yeah, my heart drowned out my head, that’s nothing new

And we’ve reached the edge of what we know
You cried, now there’s nowhere left to go

And I feel
Deluded and delighted all at once
Yeah, there had to come a time when we were done

When we’d wasted far more than we’d won
We found we were back where we’d begun

And I say
You’re lonely
You’re feeling less than nothing
But I don’t have the answer
You need me
To see you
With your smile like porcelain
Before you go

I’d swear
To gods I don’t believe in if you like
Your holy book is useless in a fight

And we stole the hearts of those we met
There’s time for us to make amends

And I say
You’re lonely
You’re feeling less than nothing
But I don’t have the answer, no
You need me
To see you
With your smile like porcelain
Before you go
Before you go

And I’ll
Wait for a break in the beating of your heart

Plastic People

Written By: Chris Gorman

Plastic people
Blowing away at the first sign of rain
I know you’re happy
Maybe that means it’s time to change

The puppeteer’s stare
Says, Don’t you dare
To do what you think you should do,
And I protest,
I gave the best
That I could with what I knew

And I’ll strike down
With the force of a thousand suns

Plastic people
Melting down at the first flick of flame
Giving smoke off
Maybe that means we hurt the same

And the skies have turned grey
The altar gives way
Your god has lost his allure
They tell themselves
They’ve done too well
To call themselves impure

And I’ll strike down
With the force of a thousand suns

And we’ll never get clear
While we’re scared of the dark
We had nothing to fear
But fear from the start

We'll See

Written By: Chris Gorman

We open our eyes to the sound
Of water on concrete again
You thought it was best
If we forgot to get dressed
In our haste to get out in the rain

And I hope you think I’m worth
The chance you took on me
And I guess that given time
We’ll see

I think that I’m starting to rust
It’s happened before in my dreams
I start to corrode
And nothing I know
Can ever stitch me back up at the seams

And I hope you think I’m worth
The chance you took on me
And I guess that given time

We’ll see if you can trust your judgement
And I know you think you can
But you’ll never be sure

I try to be something I’m not
And settle for something I am
Be part of the crowd
No outcasts allowed
Just promise you’ll do what you can

And I hope you think I’m worth
The chance you took on me
And I guess that given time
Yeah I guess that given time
We’ll see
We’ll see

Discography

"Teargas" - EP, 2005 - numerous podcast plays in the UK and abroad.

"Ashes" - EP, 2006 - received radio airplay in Scotland, England, USA, and podcast in the UK, Europe and USA. Title track won XFM Uploaded's Track of the Week, and featured in the PRS New Music Podcast.

"Kairos" - album, 2009. Tracks have so far featured on US station WMSC in New Jersey, and on several UK and US podcasts, including Radio Magnetic in Scotland and Darkhorse Radio in England.

Set List

All original material, typically between half an hour and an hour long.