I must confess that I've been hyped about musics new supergroup, Gayngs since last winter when a friend from Minneapolis let the beans spill that she "heard someone at first avenue talk about it.". I didn't know what to expect at first because I knew Solid Gold's music and I knew Digitata's music. Combine them and what sort of love child would they create? Well, when Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt (Solid God) decided they wanted to put out a record I'm sure they didn't expect the enticing album, Relayted. The album is rich with synthesized groves that will make you want to get out your Hugh Hefner robe and pipe and call all the bunnies you know over for a good time. The album lends other local Minneapolis talent, POS and Dessa among Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Megafun, and Leisure Birds to name a few.
Gayngs will be playing the Metro with Glasser on September 30th at 9 PM. It's unknown how many performers will be on the tour, but you can expect Bon Iver, Solid Gold, MIchael Lewis (Happy Apple/Andrew Bird), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds) Megafaun, and Jack Luck (Leisure Birds) to be there. I'm sure many more will make an appearance, as the entire crew is rumored to be 24 people. Every musician involved with Gayngs has their own steady musical career and when you invite them all over to play music you get a talented, new ironic album.
Relayted as a whole flows with unbelievable ease. From the first track, The Gaudy Side of Town the transitions are flawless. What makes the album of the most recently hyped supergroup even better is that all of the tracks stand alone, as well as blend perfectly side by side when listening full through. If the album doesn't make you want to get tangled into the legs of your lover, or one that you need find, then you are doing it wrong. Play album again, make moves on lover. I dare you to play Crystal Rope for someone and be left with your clothes on, not smoking a cigarette. The Last Prom on Earth will take you back to slow dancing with the captain of the football team, or in my case, my best guy friend who was into photography and theatre. Only this time at the end of the song the you are likely to be snogging in a tight embrace.
In support of Gayngs you also get to see Glasser (Cameron Mesirow) who is debuting her album, _Ring. Which is complete with haunting vocals over electronic beats, acoustic percussion and xylophone among many, many other instruments. Xylophone, people! There is a ghostly tribal feel that puts a sense of ease and at home to her songs. She has nailed blending mass instruments and sweet haunting delicate lyrics that are way beyond outside the box. Glasser will leave you feeling in a state of walking life and questioning the reality of which you encompass. Her music is earthy and dreamy without being forced, you will not be disappointed, you will be mesmerized.
Again the show is at The Metro in Chicago on September 30th. Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM. Tickets are $19 in advance and $21 day of. Will I give up my standard show attire (Mini skirt and deep v-neck) for a more "Last Prom on Earth" appropriate attire? Quite possibly.