Contrary to its title, Gurr‘s latest single ‘Hot Summer’ was conceived on a grey day in London town. The Berlin duo tried to capture “that feeling of despair when everyone around you is happy, but somehow you just don’t feel it” – and the result is a frustratingly catchy “anti-summer” anthem that we can’t stop singing along to.
Produced by Richard X (Roisin Murphy, Goldfrapp, Kelis,) ‘Hot Summer’ is the first taste of new material from the band since the release of their debut album In My Head, which won the IMPALA European Album of the Year Award in 2016. Gurr – comprised of Laura Lee & Andreya Casablanca – wanted to explore the idea that as the temperature rises, so does the pressure to enjoy and partake in all things summer related:
“[summer] is such an iconic time of year and something we long for so often, but it ends up having very little to do with reality. We wanted to write a song that sounds like you want to get fucking crazy to it, but also shout: Shit, maybe the condom did break? Or shit, did I forget to take the pill? Or shit, why is everyone around me doing ok and I feel like I need therapy? It’s a celebration of the imperfect summer, and everyday neurosis.”
The duo are gearing up for their Hot Summer Festival Tour which will see them grace the stages of over 20 European festivals this year; including performances at Rock Am Ring, Melt and Lollapalooza Berlin. They can also exclusively announce a headline show at The Garage on November 29th, their biggest show in the UK capital to date. Listen to ‘Hot Summer’ below, and follow Gurr on Facebook for more updates.
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