‘Audio Drag For Ego Slobs’ Is Out Now!
The album has been released via Royal Mountain Records
I first heard of Gustaf when the first single from their debut album hit streaming services, and I was hooked from that moment. Since then, I have followed the band closely, awaiting the release of the album. It has been more than worth the wait, and Gustaf have released one of my favourite albums of the past few years. Made up of ten fantastic tracks, the album comes in at just over 30 minutes, and there’s honestly no better way to spend half an hour than listening to this album.
Throughout the album, there’s a heavy focus on the incredible vocal abilities of not just Lydia Gammill (who takes role of lead singer) but on the harmonies supplied by the backing vocals. The band are a five piece, 4 of which are women, and they all have the ability to create a perfect harmony with a bitchy attitude to the main vocal, the addition of the male vocal allows them to drown his vocal in effects and create spooky layers to some of their tracks.
The instrumentation for the album is nothin overly complex, there’s no guitars noodling for the sake of it like you can often find, and the bass and drums work in perfect harmony to drive the album into a punchy onslaught of indie beauty. Every instrument is there for a reason and a purpose, there’s nothin added just for the sake of being able to do what you want. It’s methodical, and the band works better as a result of this. They use the different layers of vocals to thicken out the sound, and the band can harmonise better than most. Even the drums aren’t fancy, they are pinpoint accurate, and each track has it’s own drum pattern, which is kept to pretty religiously throughout, with the occasional fill or drum roll thrown in just to add some variety.
I may be describing their music as straight and accurate, but I am in no way saying that they are boring to listen to, in fact it’s the exact opposite. They clearly have a high level of perfection that they want to keep to, and having that allows them to be creative within their own boundaries. Some of the greatest bands in recent times have kept their music from being overly complicated, they’ve known their instruments, and they’ve kept everything tight. This is exactly what Gustaf have achieved. There’s a vibe of Talking Heads to the sound, and that is the perfect comparison to make, because Talking Heads were not a fancy band, the bass was driving, the drums kept things moving, and the guitars were layered and kept within what was needed, and the same applies for Gustaf.
Some of the lyrics tell tales, usually focused around relationships, but there’s no strict stories to any of it. They haven’t set about to write a concept album, or at least I don’t think they have. The songs were well as a whole, but each track can be taken from the album and still sound just as good.
For me, this is one of the best albums from an upcoming band which I have heard in a long time. Whilst I am yet to see the band live, it’s clear that they will have a feisty presence whilst their music delivers a happy punch to the midriff which is always good to have. Just from the vocal delivery of Gammill, you can tell she has attitude, she has set out to achieve something and nothin is stopping her from doing so.
Gustaf hail from Brooklyn, and are made up of Lydia Gammill as lead vocalist, Tine Hill on bass, Melissa Lucciola on drums, Vram Kherlopian on guitar and vocals and Tarra Thiessen on vocals and percussion.
Gustaf are about to embark on an incredible US tour supporting IDLES, before they will come to the UK in support of Pillow Queens. They will then journey over to Europe for some dates, before returning to the US, so it’s a busy few months ahead for the band, and you can check out their full tour schedule below!
10/1 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor
10/2 – Knoxville, TN – Mill and Mine
10/3 – Cincinatti, OH – MOTR Pub
10/4 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
10/6 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
10/7 – Saint Paul, MN – Palace Theatre #
10/8 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre #
10/9 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall #
10/10 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall #
10/12 – Boston, MA – House of Blues #
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore #
10/15 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 #
10/16 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 #
10/17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
10/18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club #
10/20 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel #
10/21 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom #
10/22 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – Heaven Stage #
10/25 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s #
10/26 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater #
10/27 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger #
11/2 – Birmingham, UK – The Sunflower Lounge $
11/3 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade Bristol $
11/4 – London, UK – The Dome $
11/6 – Brighton, UK – Mutations Festival @ The Green Door Store
11/8 – Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club $
11/9 – Manchester, UK – YES (Pink Room) $
11/10 – Liverpool, UK – Arts Club Loft $
11/11 – London, UK – The Windmill, Brixton
11/13 – Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who Festival
11/14 – Kortrijk, BE – Sonic City Festival
11/14 – Brussels, BE – Witloof Bar
11/16 – Berlin, DE – Cassiopeia
11/17 – Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Bar
11/18 – Paris, FR – Les Femmes S’en Melent @ Petit Bain
11/19 – Lille, FR – The Black Lab
11/20 – Luxembourg City, LU – Rotondes Klub
12/02 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar %
12/03 – Joshua Tree, CA – Pappy’s %
12/08 – Seattle, WA – Barboza (Headline)
12/09 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar (Headline)
12/18 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
12/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour *
# – supporting IDLES
$ – supporting Pillow Queens
% – co-headline w/ Kills Birds
* – supporting Osees
You can stream the album now, or you can head to this website and buy the album on CD or Vinyl.