Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Gum Country - "Somewhere"

Photo by Gum Country
Gum Country (which features Courtney Gavin of The Courtneys) describe themselves as "harsh twee." Listening to their debut single, "Somewhere," they're dead on with that description. "Somewhere" has the shimmering small sound of bands like Yo La Tengo and The Magnetic Fields, but also brings in these fuzzy, buzzsaw guitars you would never associate with this type of music. It creates this interesting and unique yet familiar sound.

Courtney Gavin explains the song: "I wrote 'Somewhere' a couple years after moving to LA. It's about leaving a place that you are comfortable in and landing in a strange new one, and discovering what parts of your identity remain and which were left behind. The first line I wrote was 'haven't felt this way in a while, I can't think straight can't hide my smile, i guess this is gonna be my life for a while', and then it was just a process of unravelling that thought. I think the song could be about the range of emotions that come with any big change, and ultimately settling on a mellow excitement for vulnerability. It's pretty serious subject matter for Gum Country, and I blame it on the poetry class I was taking at the time."

You can watch the video for "Somewhere" below. Gum Country's debut album, Somewhere, will be out on June 19th on Burger Records. For more on Gum Country, check out their website.

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