Ever wonder what “magical pop” sounds like? Curious about a “world groove” crafted to move your hips and open your mind? If you want to push your ears further into these realms just give a listen to Berlin’s Alright Gandhi. This Friday the group is releasing their first full-length album, Little Traveller. Come out and celebrate this special occasion, which will include a live set, and for those who wish to catch a glimpse of their future, there’ll also be fortune-tellers on site.
BLY spoke with Alright Gandhi:
Can you give us a brief history of Alright Gandhi?
Alright Gandhi formed in 2014, when Pietro Fornara, Rosa Gerhards and Kalle Enkelmann met each other in the chaos of underground psychedelic jam sessions in Berlin, playing music on wild and crowded weekdays. After developing songs and a unique sound, we released the “Widening Circles” EP, which highlighted the song writing, sound-painting, harmonies, and organic flow that the band had discovered. In autumn 2015 Dominick Gray was called in to play drums, which helped create a groovy expansion to the feel of the band. Since then we have toured many parts of Europe and Morocco, and work to share our music in as many places as possible.
How would you describe your music for those who have yet to hear it?
Music that loves to experiment but isn’t experimental.
The band’s first full-length album, Little Traveller, is being released this month. Can you talk about the process of making it?
Much of creating and recording Little Traveller involved Rosa writing and introducing songs to the band, and recording within 1 hour of everyone having become familiar with the song, so there is a very spontaneous and high flying feel to much of the music on the album. The sonic rawness was kept in tact, and guitar paintings and additional harmonies from our friends were added on as the recordings progressed. To wrap it up, Rosa made a large and beautiful painting that serves as the album’s cover and design.
What’s happening at Villa Neukölln on April 29th?
The album release party will take place in the lovely Villa Neukölln on the 29th of April, and it will be a celebration, Alright-Gandhi-style. That means anything between a DIY dadaistic 21st century mini Woodstock, to a pirate pyjama party, with Alright Gandhi performing the full album and more. Guest musicians will join the band on stage, and Phil Smith will play his eclectic record collection late into the night. To celebrate Alright Gandhi’s friends and supporters, fortune-tellers, including Pietro, will sit and read tarot for the guests. And like at every good party, there will be a game of twister.
Do you have any Berlin Loves You moments?
There were many nights of unspeakable madness at the Keller that happened as the band was forming. Playing a packed gig at Heiner’s Bar in February to an audience of our friends and new people was magical and full of love. Using expletives on the radio and having a 9-person jam at another show are all enduring Berlin moments for us – and the album release show on the 29th will be yet another!
Little Traveller Album Release Concert + Party
Friday, April 29th – 8:30pm
Hermannstr. 233, Berlin