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Gum Country are a Canadian indie rock band brought to you by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Courtney Garvin (The Courtneys) and multi-instrumentalist Connor Mayer. The project began in Vancouver, Canada as a series of lo-fi four track recordings made in an apartment, very quietly. These recordings were released as a self-titled cassette by Lolipop Records in 2017. After moving to Los Angeles where they currently reside, the pair recorded their debut full-length album Somewhere with Joo-Joo Ashworth at Studio 22, this time at full volume.

Duo Gum Country’s self-described “harsh twee” project began back in Vancouver . It draws on groups like Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, Meat Puppets, and The Magnetic Fields, and envelops and transforms these influences within the warm embrace of fuzzy open-tuned guitar tones, driving drums and melodic keyboard accompaniments.

After relocating to Los Angeles where they currently reside, the pair recorded their debut full-length album “Somewhere” and have self-released the album digitally on all streaming services.

All digital sales via Bandcamp today will be donated to the ACLU on Gum Country’s behalf. In addition, Bandcamp will be donating 100 percent of its own revenue to the NAACP in solidarity with recent protests against police racism and brutality.

The super track Tennis (I Feel OK) and the rest of this excellent album of hazy power-pop and woozy feedback meanders through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to video games and gardening.

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The songs on Somewhere meander through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to tennis, video games, and gardening. Garvin navigates these topics with humor and sincerity, her unassuming delivery riding amidst the swirling instrumentals like a snowboarder shredding fresh pow.

The band performs live as a three piece, with Mayer on drums and keyboard at the same time. Halle Saxon Gaines usually plays bass, but there are occasional appearances from Lauren Early and Luna Nuhic.
Somewhere will be released on June 19th, 2020 on vinyl via Kingfisher Bluez (Canada), cassette via Dinosaur City Records (Australia) and Burger Records (USA) .

released June 19th, 2020
All songs written by Gum Country
Courtney Garvin: guitar/vocals
Connor Mayer: drums/keyboard/bass
Recorded and Mixed by Joo-Joo Ashworth at Studio 22
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters

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“Somewhere” merges ’90s noise rock and twee pop, and it will give you that same euphoric tingle you felt after falling in love with your first underground jangle pop band. Nimble guitar riffs swarm around Garvin’s subtle, sweet vocals, and it captures everything great about fuzzy rock and good-natured, classic indie-pop. The scratchy footage of the band in a warehouse only further emphasizes their grunge-y, throwback glory as it looks like a Breeders or Sonic Youth video you would’ve seen endlessly on MTV back in the day.

Originally from Canada, and now based out of Los Angeles, Gum Country are the duo of Courtney Garvin (aka Courtney from acclaimed indie-band The Courtneys) and multi-instrumentalist Connor Mayer. The pair have been making music for a number of years, starting with a four-track in their bedroom, the recordings of which they later released via Lollipop Records. After moving to LA, Gum Country went into Studio 22 with Joo-Joo Ashworth, and,“this time at full volume”, they produced their debut album proper, Somewhere, out next month.

Gum Country describe their own sound as, “harsh twee”a blending of the jangle-pop sounds of British-indie in the 1980’s, with the more swirling, distorted tones of shoegaze. Playing all the instruments between them, to use an old cliché, Gum Country make an awful lot of noise for a two piece, with dense layers of sounds produced via fuzzy guitar tones, driving drums and lush, swirling keyboard tones. Somewhere is a record that sounds like escapism, a moment to step back from the world around us, yet lyrically it does touch on the everyday, from love and loss, through to tennis and gardening. Listening to Gum Country, this project feels like one that comes from a place of real love for what they do, a love for creativity, a love for music’s history, and from the listeners point of view a record to fall head-over-heels in love with.

Performers:
Courtney Garvin – guitar/vocals
Connor Mayer – drums/keyboard
Halle Saxon Gaines – bass

music video for ‘Somewhere’ by Gum Country, the title track off their debut album out June 19th, 2020.

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Vancouver all girl trio The Courtneys are exponents of a catchy harmonic new wave pop, whilst also being home to some very gnarly guitar textures. Their sound is fat and driving, and, on “Minnesota,” Courtney Garvin’s guitar manages to sound like an overdriven keyboard. Vocalist Jen Twynn Payne is also the band’s drummer and she keeps the rhythms lean and uncluttered. The highlight is the closing “Frankie,” where Twynn Payne’s sad autumnal vocal melody is kept in motion by a precise motorik groove.

The Courtneys have such a sweet and amazing sound. I can’t quite identify what it is about their music that I find so completely endearing, but I absolutely love it. The combination of fuzzy guitars and driving beats along with Jen’s vocals (and a hint of 80’s nostalgia) make the Courtneys one of the bands I never tire of and look forward to hearing more from. This album has made the the lengthy wait since their last release worthwhile.

There may be trace elements of Sonic Youth or Joy Zipper in their sound, but over the spread of this album, The Courtneys create their own distinct world. Sunshiney slacker pop with just a pinch of melancoly that could have featured on one of my cool older sister’s pre-grunge mix tapes from the early 90s. Both this and their debut album are absolute gems, beautiful harmonies, fuzzy guitars. just pure happiness. reminds me of the days when Blake Babies were ruling indie pop. the contrast of vox and guitar noise is beautiful. Sunshiney slacker pop with just a pinch of melancoly that could have featured on one of my cool older sister’s pre-grunge mix tapes from the early 90s. Both this and their debut album are absolute gems.

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Released February 17th, 2017
The Band
Crazy Courtney: Bass + backup vocals
Classic Courtney: Guitar + backup vocals
Cute Courtney: Drums + lead vocals

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