Friday, April 4, 2014
REVIEW: GUMS! - Something Rotten EP
This Glasgow band consists of Martin Smith (vocals), Jack Taylor (guitar, vocals), Nora Moomin (vocals, keys), and Joe Greatorex (bass). Their music seems to have elements of Britpop, punk, garage, and some Waits/MacColl musical storytelling, and overall it has an appealingly ramshackle DIY indie vibe. I sense a lot of energy and fun in the music, and I like them -- that is, I'd like them if they were a real band. In April 2013 GUMS! released the Antipathy EP, which is a free download (see link at the bottom of the post). Their latest project is the Something Rotten EP, which will be released on April 7. For this record, the band is joined by social commentator Callum Baird (who wrote three of the songs), and the stated intent is to chronicle everyday life and love in Glasgow. Take a taste of the EP via the Baird-penned title track --
And here is Martin Smith's fine "Grangemouth at the Dawn" --
The Something Rotten EP was produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Tommy Duffin. You can stream/buy the entire record at the Bandcamp link below.
Here is a track from the Antipathy EP --
Bandcamp for the Something Rotten EP
Bandcamp for Antipathy EP