Gabby Young and Other Animals are an eccentric eight piece British pop band, bringing together gypsy, folk, rock and jazz.
Gabby Young's twisting roots have carried her and that stunning voice from her native Wiltshire around the UK to land with a bang at the centre of London's music scene. The youngest ever recruit to the National Youth Choir at the age of 12, Gabby was on track to become an opera singer until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams. In 2008 Gabby formed the 8-piece band who complete the magical musical fairground we know today, using a wide range of instruments, most notably trumpet, trombone, piano and clarinet - affectionately dubbed Circus Swing (www.circusswing.com) by those who realised there was no existing genre to encompass Young's sound. It was crowd-funding her first album that really put her on the map. The Evening Standard ran a story on it, and the piece was picked up across the board - with an interview even on Sky News, and positive write-ups by many of the UK's major newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and the London The Evening Standard. Gabby loves to play dress up - and as her double page spread in Artrocker magazine, titled "How to dress like Gabby Young" will attest, there are plenty of women out there who find her charismatic looks as inspiring as her music. Last year she set up Gabberdashery, a collective of creatives selling wares at gigs and events. The band spent summer 2010 touring UK festivals, including Glastonbury Festival. After headlining Koko last Oct Gabby was asked to headline and curate NYE at the South Bank Centre.
With a list of accolades as long as a pair of stripy tights, Gabby Young And Other Animals, (otherwise known as the "World's Finest Purveyors of Circus Swing" - Clive Anderson, Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4) release their new highly anticipated album, 'The Band Called Out For More', on 11th June 2012.
Written by Gabby and her partner Stephen Ellis, who also produces, this 13 track work represents a giant sonic step forward. Its colourful avant-garde sound, with lush orchestration, horns and quiet melodies, exudes the best bits of music hall, burlesque, 1920s flapper music, Nouvelle Vague cinema and torch songs. Indeed, Gabby comes across like Rufus Wainwright's other younger sister - bred perhaps on a diet of Björk, Imogen Heap, and Joanna Newsom - as she sets out winningly to reinvent her own genre, Circus Swing. 'My sound's matured,' is all she'll say. 'I'll admit that. I've honed my craft. I'm very happy and settled where I wasn't before. ' Lead single 'In Your Head' (also out June 11) allows fans to connect with the party tempo of the first album. Its witty animated interactive promo, in which you can 'choose' which animal to be saved from an evil ringmaster, was produced by Gabby's friend Georgina Hurcombe (Lovelove Films). A metaphor for the music industry? 'Perhaps,' sighs Gabby, with a smile. Other highlights? 'Goldfish Bowl's jauntiness, which belies its feelings of 'being trapped' ('one look takes me down a peg and breaks me'), whilst the catchy horn-infused 'Walk Away', Gabby's is first song written on piano, and builds to a celebratory climax. The slower tracks stand out particularly: The Answer's In The Question's incessant analysis of a relationship; the contemplative trumpet-tinged 'Honey,' Gabby's personal favourite and, most impressively, 'Male Version Of Me', a quiet accordion-tinged paean to finding a soulmate. But fear not, there are hoedown moments aplenty too: 'Horatio' is one such, and closing track 'The Band Called Out For More' sees Gabby morph into some crazed Edith Piaf. 'Segment' opens quietly before building into an almighty strings-charged Arcade Fire-style workout, whilst the album's masterpiece is the serpentine 'Neither Beginning Nor The End', a spine-tingling mid-tempo classic, complete with operatic flourishes, before an abrupt finish leaves the listener needing more. 'Some of my songs have meanings that not even I am clear about - and this is one of them,' she says. About Gabby Young And Other Animals
PRAISE FOR DEBUT ALBUM 'WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER' "Wildly flamboyant and with a good selection of brassy-backed, jazz-edged songs"The Guardian - (Robin Denselow) "Gabby is distinctive..as much art-school as Agent Provocateur. Eastern European touches and acoustic instrumentation combine with a strong seductive voice to suggest a busking Kate Bush" MOJO (Roy Wilkinson)
Gabby Young & Other Animals use Gift of the Gab Records to release their albums, which was set up by Gabby and her family in early 2007.
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