This doesn’t look like your usual choir does it? And they don’t sound like it either. Gaggle are an alternative all-girl choir with an incredible sound like nothing ever before. Their range, depth and sheer decibels capture your attention before you even get to the mad costumes and meaning behind their songs.
Led by Deborah Coughlin, their music is composed of shrieks, shrills, animal noises, wild screams and of course a multitude of harmonies. It sounds unlistenable, and it probably is for some men who may find the ‘girl-power’ feminist undertones in this group a little too overpowering alongside all that noise. Yet it works.
Coughlin has a hard job on her hands taming twenty-one women to produce music like this, but it is managed expertly and from among the racket, some great songs emerge.
And after countless appearances at festivals and other live venues, Gaggle’s debut album, From The Mouth Of The Cave, was released this summer.
The variety in this album is tremendous, changing from mellow to the point of silence and exploding in an instant to the hollers of twenty-one women. One thing From The Mouth Of The Cave can never be called is dull.
Listen to the second track on the album in this video, featuring some amazing graphics created out of the album artwork:
And if you think their album is powerful, try and catch them live. They take over the stage with colour, commotion and costumes that are enough to rival any cirque du soleil.
Visit their Myspace page for more information about Gaggle including where to get their album, live dates, photos and videos: