Music Band: Gumshen
Music Album: Everything What We Recorded
Record Label: Self-released
|Hammer & Nails||Gumshen|
|Too Much Good Times||Gumshen|
|Jag it Up||Gumshen|
|Every Drop of Rain||Gumshen|
|Say What You Want||Gumshen|
1. Hammer & Nails
Straight pop rock/power pop in the album opener with insightful lyrics and a completely locked in band.
2. Too Much Good Times
Gumshen hit harder with a rock/punk inspired sound here. It almost sounds like a different band, but as I’ll find out in later tracks, this is just the band’s versatility at work. Extremely catchy.
3. Jag it Up
It sounds like Devo jamming with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand and Pink Floyd. I know that sounds silly, but it’s just for descriptive purposes to give you an idea. This song could easily generate a ton of word-of-mouth for the band. Flawless and moving.
4. Gooch Machine
Probably one of the funkier songs you’re likely to hear in 2012. Funny and danceable.
Distorted vocals and heavy guitars abound in a more metallic verse before the band heads into a System of a Down sounding sarcastic chorus.
6.Every Drop of Rain
Not your average ballad. Epic and affecting. The chorus lyrics say everything without being too wordy.
7. Say What You Want
Another danceable track, almost disco. There’s even some rapping here, and it works!
Gumshen’s “Everything What We Recorded” is a fascinating album that fearlessly travels through progressive, rock, pop, funk, r&b, dance, and electronic music territory, and they do it well every time. You can tell pretty quickly that they’re amongst Seattle’s best artists skill-wise. Their creativity is commendable, and their enthusiasm for the songwriting craft make this a genuinely enjoyable listen. I’d recommend Gumshen to fans of Primus, Porcupine Tree, Devo, Franz Ferdinand, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, and Fugazi.
Check out Gumshen’s websites at: www.gumshen.com and www.facebook.com/Gumshen.