GAYNGS

When Ryan Olson decided to make a record with Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, it was clear to them what the result would be: a collection of drugged-up keyboards and slick bedroom production almost exclusively inspired by 10cc's "I'm Not In Love." To be fair, they weren't entirely off. What they didn't know was that it would spiral into a project of epic proportions, enlisting the talents of over 25 musicians from various scenes around the country, relocating the base of operations from Olson's Minneapolis bedroom/studio to the Wisconsin-based studio April Base, and the genesis of a musical family, GAYNGS. From the moment anyone heard Olson, Coulter, and Hurlburt's rough version of their first composition "The Gaudy Side of Town," they wanted in on it. To most of the players involved, this genre of music was quite foreign yet entirely familiar. Olson knew this, and began calling upon an eclectic cast of contributors whom he thought would share his vision, and relish in the idea of exploring uncharted musical territory within them. The first people to join the cause were North Carolina's Megafaun (Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, Phil Cook), and with them came Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds), and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce. By mid-2009 the studio sessions were becoming more and more frequent, bouncing back and forth between April Base and Olson's bedroom. In Minneapolis, Olson brought in Rhymesayers rapper P.O.S and his fellow Doomtree artist Dessa, psych-rockers Jake Luck and Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), song-birds Channy Moon-Casselle and Katy Morley, jazz-saxophonist Michael Lewis (Happy Apple, Andrew Bird), retro-pop duo Maggie Morrison and Grant Cutler (Lookbook), and slide-guitarist Shön Troth (Solid Gold). Vocally, GAYNGS is a triumph. Zack Coulter (Solid Gold) shines from the jump, floating over the record with his airy, haunting melodies. Fans of Bon Iver will recognize Vernon's familiar falsetto, but will flip when they hear his Bone Thug's-style R&B. Ivan Howard sounds right at home with his sensual and breathy leads, while P.O.S. abandons his genre entirely for a soul inspired tenor. With over a dozen people contributing vocals, its incredible how cohesive the album sounds. After a year of tracking and mixing, GAYNGS is officially ready to release the album, entitled "Relayted." The initial goal was achieved perfectly, yet "Relayted" sounds refreshing and modern. With each song written at 69 BPM's, and tripped-out transitions from song to song, it is truly an audio experience from start to finish. Watch for GAYNGS to erupt this coming spring.

Download A Free GAYNGS Remix EP!

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We announced this this would exist before on the Jagjaguwar blahg, but the new GAYNGS EP of Doomtree Regrinds, Affiliyated, is now available as a free digital download via SoundCloud. You know what to do, friends.

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Jake Luck Of GAYNGS Opens Yeti Records In Minneapolis

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Jake Luck (GAYNGS, Leisure Birds) and his wife Lisa Luck are the proud owners of Yeti Records in Minneapolis. The shop is everything a record store should be — fun, interactive, and comes with a play area for the patrons who can’t get their kids to enjoy the art of record collecting (yet).

To read more about how this adorable couple are livin’ the dream one LP at a time, check out this Star Tribune piece on the newly-opened establishment.

And don’t forget, Record Store Day is April 16!

GAYNGS Add Tour Dates, Upcoming Affilyated EP

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GAYNGS return this March with performances at SXSW, Coachella, Sasquatch and a string of other West Coast club dates. The lineup will include Justin Vernon, Mike Noyce of Bon Iver and S. Carey, Ryan Olson and many mo’. Expect a lot of awesome surprises and good times to ensue.

Check out the tour dates and tracklist for their upcoming remix EP, Affilyated after the jump!

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Black Mountain, GAYNGS and S. Carey @ Sasquatch! 2011

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Black Mountain, GAYNGS and S. Carey will represent Jagjaguwar at this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, May 27-30 in George, WA. The lineup is huge, including everyone from Modest Mouse to Sharon Van Etten to Guided By Voices.

Check out festival details on their performances, after the jump!

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