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Ganser combines post-punk workmanship with aesthetic noise rock tendencies, inspired by cinematic visuals and imagist language. Composed of keyboardist/vocalist Nadia Garofalo, bassist/vocalist Alicia Gaines, drummer Brian Cundiff and guitarist Charlie Landsman, equal parts Space Odyssey and Ghost World, this Chicago-based band channels anxiety’s heightened state to absurd ends.
Their debut, Odd Talk, was released in 2018 on No Trend Records to favorable coverage from The New York Times, Billboard, Stereogum, and other publications. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, their music is sometimes frenzied ("PSY OPS"), but sometimes contemplative ("Revel"), probing on questions of anxiety, intimacy, and avoidance.
Their new single “Bad Form” will be released in July and they will be performing at Riot Fest 2019.
“Ganser uses ingredients that hark back to the era of Gang of Four, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Raincoats and the Fall.” - The New York Times
“Bassist and vocalist Alicia Gaines sings, smothering you in anxiety. Fronting the Chicago-based post-punk outfit Ganser -- rounded out by Nadia Garofalo, Brian Cundiff, and Charlie Landsman -- Gaines pierces a cloud of scratchy guitars and static.” - Billboard
“The Chicago postpunk four-piece Ganser have been releasing EPs full of dark, meditative, weirdly pretty goth-inflected postpunk.” - Stereogum
“Led by bassist and vocalist Alicia Gaines, the group effortlessly merge the unrelenting pulse of angular post-punk with the layering techniques (if not the exact sound) of shoegaze.” - Bandcamp Daily
“Odd Talk—the full length follow-up to 2016’s This Feels Like Living EP, highlights Ganser’s timeless and wide ranging post-punk sound which expresses itself with poignant sincerity.” - Post-Punk.com