Gaggle is a spectacular all girl alt-choir that sing songs to strip the skin from your bones and scare the bejeezus out of you.
Gaggle is an all-girl alternative choir based in London. They were formed in 2009 and released their first album From the Mouth of the Cave in 2012. The group currently has 22 members, each of whom goes by a single-name pseudonym. The main songwriters are Deborah Coughlin and her former 586 bandmate, Simon Dempsey.
They received recognition from NME in their “The fifty most forward-thinking people in music”, and were featured in the Evening Standard as leaders in a movement described as “Choir Mania”.
The group released their first single “I Hear Flies” in 2010 on Transgressive Records and won Camden Crawl’s Best New Act for the Emerging Talent Awards, sponsored by Gibson.
In 2011, they released a limited EP called The Brilliant and the Dark on Record Store Day with a performance at Rough Trade East. This was a reworking of a forgotten 1969 Women’s Institute opera found by artists Open Music Archive. Gaggle debuted the new show in 2010 at the Women’s Library, then took it to the ICA where the record was recorded live, the B-Side compiled of live samples to be remixed by fans on a copyleft licence. Later, in 2011, they took “The Brilliant and the Dark” back to its original home The Royal Albert Hall, in the Elgar Room. This gained the attention of The Guardian who described it as “vivacious, visceral, spectacularly indignant wall of sound” in a 4 star review.