“Right now, Guru are the voice for Brighton, proving this with their progressive, powerful honesty on yet another faultless release.”
Hailing from liberal and progressive Brighton, Guru are surrounded by contemporaries all with a similar message, yet the best will always rise to the surface. Right now, Guru are the voice for Brighton, proving this with their progressive, powerful honesty on yet another faultless release. Having dropped 3 one track singles since 2018, Guru took a step forward dropping Don’t Talk/LTD as a 2-track double a-side. Having garnered a strong fanbase with their brazen unhinged post-punk both live and on record drip feeding isolated song by song this left fans with anger rather than satisfaction due to the track being over almost as quickly as it started. With two tracks to bite into this time, Guru leave us salivating for more but able to survive another day on the strict rationing.
“With two tracks [on Don’t Talk/LTD] to bite into this time, Guru leave us salivating for more but able to survive another day on the strict rationing.”
The early releases from a band are a snapshot in time, an audio document of where the band are in their career. The best bands leave you checking back later and reminiscing at the early releases but releasing how far they’ve come. When we first heard Guru we were blown away by the output they had back then but now in comparison to what we hear on Don’t Talk/LTD the previous releases feel grey; a poor-quality reproduction of the wild scenes that play out at Guru shows.
“2018 had IDLES, 2019 had Slowthai, will 2020 have Guru as the voice of society?”
Tommy – as frontman and quite frankly ‘riot-inciter’ – describes Don’t Talk as being “about learning. Learning from situations, learning from others, learning not to be like others and subsequently not making the same mistakes as those people have.” With age and maturity, we all learn and perhaps Tommy will be the relatable voice for a generation despairing at our society. Tommy confesses that Don’t Talk is “a cry of frustration I wish I could’ve made quite some time ago but didn’t have the words to.” Watching Guru live, the audience are left checking for the whereabouts of security because it feels like the cataclysmic energy from Tommy is ready to brew over and he’ll need to be carried out in a straight jacket. This is a character; he is a welcoming and personable person who can articulate the voice society needs right now both off and on stage: 2018 had IDLES, 2019 had Slowthai, will 2020 have Guru as the voice of society?
The exact reason Don’t Talk/LTD is a double a-side is that the release contains two songs that the band have deemed to be of equal value. Furious punk energy is great and is a relevant voice for the indie generation right now, but to have value bands must show more depth – LTD shows just that! LTD is Guru’s longest release to date at 5 minutes and 39 seconds and is slower than their previous work; by slower, we mean a notch slower and are by no means suggesting that this is one to slow-dance to. LTD is a chant, a voice of unity that with be shouted back with fist-pumps from crowds wherever the band frequent.