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Berlin, Germany | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Berlin, Germany | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Garage Rock




"The Sound of Berlin. Artists You Shouldn't Miss This Summer."

Joseph Gordon Lewitt don't you worry. - Forming a mental idea of sassy garage rock girl pop, Gurr is definitely where your mind will end up. The fuzz guitars and Riot Grrrl attitude of Andreya Casablanca (guitar), Laura Lee (drums) and Jil März (bass) vault you straight to the melting point of weird America, with trashy bars and drinking holes on one hand and lonesome rides through the desert landscapes on the other. This was probably the set of sceneries, that had an effect on the girls during their tour through Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphie, Rochester and Buffalo. As a result, the songs of Gurr sound American with a glimpse of Berlin vibes and soul. This girls sing forceful anthems of pop culture (Joseph Gordon Lewitt) and Berlin nightlife (Where Did You Go?), as well as melancholic ballads about living in the big city (No New Friends). If you are looking for clever wry girl power, you should pay a visit to their upcoming tour through Germany and Austria. - SUPERIOR MAGAZINE

"GURR Review"

GURR - Snazzy, sharp, bass driven bangers from Germany-based New York transplants. Rather impossible to keep the mind from wandering towards K and Simple Machines, even if the vibe here is less indie and more energetic than that might imply... but I feel like GURR would have fit right in twenty years ago. Fortunately, they also fit right in fucking now even better. "Where Did You Go?" is the hit, but the whole tape is full of winners, pop tunes masked as stripped down punk. Into it. (Robert) (11-song casette, lyrics not included,, - Maximum Rocknroll

"EP Review: Gurr - "Furry Dream""

Punk is dead. People have been claiming this virtually since the genre was invented, but lately no one even really bothers maintaining it anymore. Maybe punk is dead. Maybe it is not.

Surely it has worn out: Drinking beer in front of a train station in the afternoon is not considered a rebellious act anymore, and dying your hair an unnatural color has spread into so many different subcultures that it is hardly subcultural and certainly not subversive.

With pop culture becoming increasingly self-referential and broken, getting its messages across through layers and layers of quotes, allusions, and irony, simply speaking your mind may be frank, it may be honest, but it also comes across as a bit simplistic. However, the message of standing up, asserting your rights, saying “no”—punk’s original message—still matters.

And then there is GURR: The Berlin-based three-piece garage punk/pop group has just released its “Furry Dream” EP on Duchess Box Records, a collection of songs which is very persuasive in its attitude, conveying messages as clearly as they can be conveyed nowadays.

Only judging from the song titles, “Furry Dream” seems like a classic punk record: “Don’t Go To School” and “I Don’t Like You” seem to capture that explicit mode of punk which appears so anachronistic in 2015. But GURR is not that easy. On record as much as live, you can never be quite sure as to what you are listening to.

The band’s songwriting on “Furry Dream” is relatively straightforward—this is garage punk after all. No song runs longer than 2:50, and being a typical three-piece band (guitar, bass, drum) GURR’s sound is obviously not orchestral.

But it is not simplistic either: “Don’t Go To School,” for example, basically consists of two chords; the difference, however, between the sparse sound of the verses, and the chorus that explodes into reverb and glaring distortion, creates a dynamic that is positively dazzling.

In the EP’s last song, “Super Tired,” GURR takes proto-punk’s rowdy, extravagant attitude and fuses it with a dense post-punk sound. The instruments, almost indistinguishably distorted, seem to introvertedly gaze at each other in order to form a massive sound, while the voices of singer Andreya Casablanca and drummer Laura Lee Jenkins scream at the world that “looking back / it was a furry dream.”

So, all the anger, the rebellious shouting and jeering was just an illusion? No, not quite, since only a few bars later they start repeating “I’m going out” over and over again, and there seems to be no trace of resignation left.

It is the singing that contributes a great deal to the fact that “Furry Dream” is such a remarkable case of je ne sais quoi. There is an attitude, a notion you can clearly sense, but never quite grasp: In “Ode To Oatmeal,” a sweet mid-tempo ballad, Casablanca and Jenkins sing like a 60s-girl group, but their lyrics—”honesty, babe is the price I pay / I don’t need to make a living”—are rather punk. And when they eventually start squeaking and meowing it leaves the listener puzzled: What are they making fun of now? The music? The lyrics? All of it?

That being said, “Furry Dream,” however, is far from random. Music- and lyric-wise it conveys a rebellious, poised, yet slightly resigned attitude. As if GURR is sure about what it is, but not completely sure where to go. And they say “no.” It may be a broken, ironic “no,” but somehow you understand it. And this is probably as clear as it can get in times like these. -


Furry Dream (EP, digital, via Dutchess Box Records) - 2015 (04/24/15)

s/t (Demo-Album, Kassette, via Drug Party Tapes) - 2014


Hits With Tits Vol. 2 (Vinyl + Digital, via Hits With Tits) - 2015

The Le Sigh Vol 2. (Kassette, via The Le Sigh) - 2014

Fuzz Pop (Kassette, via Very Gun Records) - 2014

Split Tape w/ Burnt Palms (Kassette, via Very Gun Records) - 2013



GURR take the spirit of American DIY subculture and feed it with urban stories from Berlin. With fuzz guitars, a bit of Weird America and riot girl charm the three girls find their place somewhere among Thee Headcoatees, The Gories and Le Tigre.

At a Thee Oh Sees show in the summer of 2012 Andreya Casablanca, Laura Lee and Jil März decided to form a band and came together a few days later in a Neukölln rehearsal room. The song 'Joseph Gordon-Levitt', a power-chord anthem about shallow pop culture, was the kick-off for a rush of songs and gigs, covering any topic from teenage angst to falling asleep on the underground. A few months later, Andreya (guitar), Jil (bass) and Laura (drums) made for the USA, the mekka of garage rock, where they played in front of local dive bar audiences. The three girls toured through Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Rochester and Buffalo until their visa could not be extended any longer and the three returned to Berlin.

There, they have continued to tour as much as possible in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Switzerland and Austria. They have supported bands such as Best Coast, Dead Ghosts, Die! Die! Die! and even Peaches, who personally booked them for a Vice anniversary party.

After several cassette releases overseas (Drug Party Records, Very Gun Records and The Le Sigh) their debut EP „Furry Dream“ came out in April 2014: Euphoric songs about nights out in Berlin ('Super Tired' and 'Where Did You Go?') just like more recent, melancholic songs about returning to the Berlin city life ('No New Friends' and 'Ode To Oatmeal') constitute the Furry Dream. Right now, they are working on their debut album. A recent recording session at the famous Berlin Hansa Studios, supported by Converse Rubber Tracks, laid the ground for a new twist in Gurr’s sound: Garage Pop anthems that playfully capture their high energy on stage that has been mesmerizing audiences all over Europe and the states.

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