Youth spots Sweet Gorilla !!
After 10 years gigging and recording for their own enjoyment, London band Sweet Gorilla are being mentored by legendary music creative force Youth, who has very kindly produced their first single for them.
The band was spotted by Youth at a gig at The Half Moon, Putney. He selected ‘Feels like I’m still in love’ as the debut for the band.
All lyrics and music are written by lead guitarist and vocalist Pav Sharda, who first started writing songs for Sweet Gorilla in 2000. The other band members are Martin Whitaker, Mark Law, Ollie Chubb and Brett Henning.
Pav, who makes a living as a guitar teacher and songwriter in South London, has worked with many up and coming stars. He said that the band had been surprised to get the call from Youth, who he had met briefly last year.
“When I met Youth he asked me to play him some of our stuff. This was music we’d recorded at my home for people who came to our gigs to listen to, but of course we imagined how it would sound produced to the highest level. Youth said they were just sketches and they needed to be sorted out, but he was inquisitive enough to turn up at a gig we had at The Half Moon Putney. He said he liked our ‘shine’ and ‘vibrancy’. Two weeks later he got in touch and offered to produce us at a studio in Kingston.”
Working with Youth had been like being in the presence of “a force of nature”, he said.
“The kind of atmosphere he created during the recording fitted right in with our desire to concentrate on the music. We’re glad to be associated with someone as talented and experienced as Youth, who still believes that the music comes first."
The first result is ‘Feels like I’m still in love’, an uplifting pop/rock song inspired by a moment of doubt in a relationship. “It’s about when a distance opens up, where familiarity means you take your partner for granted and can’t see the good sides,” said Pav. “It’s only by having some distance that you learn to appreciate that you miss that person.”
Sweet Gorilla already have plans to release follow-up single ‘King of the World’, and an album 'Feels Like Im Still In Love' in 2011.