Gertrude are an alternative 4 piece – based in and around London. They formed as a collective in 1996 after two members met in a self organised communal house in the East End. Originally a 5 piece -this all female band soon caused a stir in many different London ‘scenes’ -and were invited to play Camden gigs, queer events and numerous late night squat parties -including the underground ‘reclaim the future’ events. Gertrude were also invited to play at different art events. Due to the bands eclectic nature they were (and still are) always glad to play in a variety of different scenes -and once got asked to play alongside ‘punk robots’ at a science/art event at the ICA.
Currently the band weave electric cello, melodica,clarinet with traditional rock instruments to create a unique melting pot of sound. Live, the band is energetic, rhythmic and intense – with comedy moments thrown in for good measure. Gertrude draw their inspiration from many sources including the variety of student, political and artistic scenes that exist within the city.They have been influenced by punk rock’s ‘DIY’ ethos, critical feminism as well as certain bands,events,people and happenings.
Over the years Gertrude have been lucky to support some amazing seminal bands such as:- Chumbawamba, The Slits, No means No, Fugazi and Shellac. The band have toured in Europe,Canada and the United States and have been asked to perform at various Ladyfest events. Highlights of 2012 include performing with ‘friends’ at the SuperNormal arts festival – and playing on-board the motor ship Stubnitz.
Gertrude have also learnt how to record, mix and produce their own tracks.Throughout 2012/2013 Gertrude have been working on a new album called Love Axe Wish List which was recorded at Tigersonic studio and was finished at the band’s own Bentstring Studio in East London. This album will be released in October 2013.
In the future, Gertrude would like to collaborate with a wide variety of musicians, film makers, artists and event organisers. If you have an interesting proposal for a collaborative project please do think about getting in contact. Thank you.
Location:The Tipsy Bar 20 Stoke Newington Rd Dalston. London N16. Nearest tube is Dalston Kingsland.
When:Thursday 12 December
Gertrude’s new album is released next month. The band have made only 200 copies on vinyl and CD format. If you would like to make sure that you get your hands on a physical copy – the band have just made the new album available to preorder on bandcamp
Gertrude have started their own blog called Gertgossip -which will be updated in a random fashion. The first post is about record store day which happened in April and asks punters if they prefer vinyl over other music formats. The band recently shot a DIY video to accompany the release of their next single called […]