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Wot Gorilla?

Halifax, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Halifax, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Band Alternative Rock




"'is' Review"

A few weeks back Halifax's Wot Gorilla released a free download only single named 'is'. It's an excitable slice of math-rock, who's soft vocals and kaleidoscopic rhythms are reminiscent of an early Tubelord. - Dan O'Dell - Drowned in Sound

"'is' Review"

Clean and crisp sounding, this cracking tune' opens with a percussive shuffle and Tubelord-esque bleats before shifting and morphing several times into a guitar driven crescendo. It's progressive but these tendencies are stitched into a neat and cohesive whole, despite the disparate sounds of the individual elements. It's a contradiction, but a good one that even manages to fit in a remarkable jerky mid-section.
While the Blessing Force territory was most discernible on early listens, Wot Gorilla?'s full and evolved sound strikes back with full force later. The fact that all of the above has been worked into a five minute pop song without a whiff of self-indulgence or a descent into tunelessness is a big achievement. That 'Is' has become the favourite of so many is something else entirely. Great work. - Croon

"'is' review."

Wot Gorilla? You sure have woken me up. Making a perfect twiddle on their guitar sound utterly mind-blowing, a voice so dreamy your heart will melt within their noise; let’s just say indie is back. So, let’s get introduced. Wot Gorilla? consist of Mat, Si, Ben and Jonny, 4 lovely gentlemen from Halifax brought together to play genius indie rock and musical mathematics. Still fresh from its release at the end of last year, their latest single ‘is’ showcases their raw talent and innovative sound. By managing to separate strong vocals with the back drop of complicated guitar twangs, a trick many bands mess up; Wot Gorilla? execute their sound perfectly on this track. It’s also safe to say that this math-rock genre is hard to touch, considering their competing with the likes of Foals and This Town Needs Guns. Yet Wot Gorilla? step forward and smash their musical goodness to the back of the net, always delivering pure talent and a live show bursting with energy. ‘Is’ brings you everything you’ll ever desire from a band set to be massive in 2012; talent, genius math-rock, a sweet tight rift and a seamless voice. For me, it’s simply faultless in its entirety. Here at The 405 we’ve mentioned it before and by golly we will say it again; if you don’t know who they are yet then you definitely should now. You’ll be able to find ‘Is’ available for free download here http://wotgorilla.bandcamp.com/ - The 405 - Hannah Johnson

"New Arrival EP Review"

"...very, very listenable, as their song-writing approach isn't so scatter-gun that you have to listen each song ten times before you start to get a handle on the hooks and structure, but nevertheless there's plenty of dense, intricate passages to slate your melodic math-rock thirst." - Danny Wadeson, The Line of Best.

"New Arrival EP Review"

"As an EP, this hits all the right notes and we firmly believe that Wot Gorilla? is the sort of band that will only get even better" - Rory Carroll, Artrocker


Self-titled EP - Self released December 2009.

New Arrival EP - Released 6th December 2010 on Idle Hands Club.

is - Debut single self-released 30th November 2011.

All available from:

Radio play
'is' // Fear of Flying (New arrival EP) - BBC introducing // Amazing Radio airtime.



Formed in late 2008, they've performed regular shows both alone and alongside the likes of Wild Beasts, Lightspeed Champion, 65 Days of Static, The Get Up Kids & Tubelord.

In August 2010 the band performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival.

Wot Gorilla? features ex members of The Lucida Console.