Listen To GeL - 'I Got Your Back':
Vancouver, BC - Formed out of the ashes of 90's pop rock group the Wild Strawberries, electronic pop group GeL emerges from the studio with their self-titled debut EP on January 22nd. To mark the occasion, GeL is offering up their first single 'I Got Your Back' as a free download via SoundCloud.
The three principal members of GeL - Ken Harrison, Roberta Carter Harrison and Ashwin Sood - are no strangers to the international music scene, having honed their art on the stages and dance floors of North America and Europe. They are collectively responsible for a vast body of critically acclaimed work spanning numerous styles, sounds and genres. Anchored by percussionist Ashwin Sood's rhythmic grooves, Ken Harrison’s infectious pop melodies, and the haunting and instantly recognizable vocals of Roberta Carter Harrison, GeL have everything they need to come shining through. The ear-worm like qualities of this new batch of songs is completely of the moment yet reminiscent of the Wild Strawberries’ immediately identifiable brand of melodic and intelligent pop-rock.
The idea for GeL first came about when Ashwin was touring Canada with the Wild Strawberries back in the ’90’s. While slogging it out on the road, he and Ken started making plans to develop a more electronic, synth-driven pop group someday. Well, that day has finally arrived! And all three members of GeL are excited to get back on the road soon to perform together once again.
"We had so much fun playing live with Ash when he joined us on a bunch of Wild Strawberries tours," said Ken Harrison. "We can’t wait to test out this new material on stage!"
The years between the first spark of an idea for GeL in the 90's, to the recording of the debut EP last year have been busy and fulfilling for the group.
Ken and Roberta have been busy raising their four kids in a converted country church in southwestern Ontario. With a recording studio built into the choir loft, writing and recording music has remained a huge part of their lives. Touring turned out to be a bit more difficult though so when an opportunity arose to collaborate with well known German DJ ATB, they decided to give it a whirl. ATB’s remix of the Wild Strawberries' track 'Wrong to Let You Go' was renamed 'Let U Go' and shot to #7 on Germany’s pop charts. More hit collaborations with ATB followed as did songs with other DJ’s from around the globe, keeping them entrenched in the international electronic music scene.
As for Ashwin, after 20 plus years of non-stop touring with Sarah Mclachlan, he's thrilled to be able to be off the road and co-parenting their two daughters. He’s still a busy studio musician, recording drums, percussion, vocals and also production and songwriting for various album projects and touring in smaller doses.
GeL's debut EP GeL willl be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and all other digital retailers/streaming services on Friday, January 22nd. Tour dates in support of the release will be announced soon, please visit: gelmusic.com for the most up to date tour listings.
GeL - GeL TRACKLISTING
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 22, 2016 (INDEPENDENT)
1. Not A Love Song
2. I Got Your Back
3. Day At A Time
4. Talking In My Sleep
5. First Impression