After ten years in the guitar shredding, pop-punk band Let’s Wrestle, which culminated in a chaotic sold-out final outing in London’s 100 Club, as reported by The Guardian, Gonzalez taught himself to play piano and set his sights on an entirely different approach to songwriting. On ‘I Spoke To Euan’, he states:
‘We had travelled for a whole day getting to where we were staying after playing Primavera; I was overexcited, drinking a lot and smoking a lot. I think I found it hard to completely ease into it. I went to sleep and had a nightmare that woke me up crying uncontrollably, not really understanding why’.
Without letting go of a fascination with Beatlesesque melodies, Gonzalez writes songs which hark back to mid 70’s singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren and Emmitt Rhodes, but with added elements of soul, funk and electronic music – drawing upon influences like Sly And The Family Stone and Donny Hathaway, as well as. White Noise, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Mort Garson. Although Gonzalez made a conscious retreat from punk music, he maintains his work is “still defined as angry music; anger is still an energy. All the lyrics are rooted in my disgust with a lot of the modern world, and feeling powerless as a young person in our society”.