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.

GAYNGS Play Surprise Halloween Show @ NYC’s The Box

When we first heard that GAYNGS would be joining Josh Lucas and Morgan Freeman as guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, we didn’t think it could get any better.

Until we got an e-mail from Mr. Lucas last week inquiring to book GAYNGS for a show at The Box in New York.

And that they did, just last night. Pictures below!

Does Morgan Freeman have a club?

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Photos by Lisa-Thi Beskar

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GAYNGS Does Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Daytrotter Session

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GAYNGS is currently sweeping the nation, one slow jam at a time!

First, the group did a Daytrotter session that includes a brilliant cover of Sade’s “By Your Side” as well as RELAYTED favorites “The Gaudy Side of Town,” “No Sweat” and “Crystal Rope.”

Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller subsequently captured the essence of GAYNGS during their sesh:

These 10 men, occasionally 23 people, often somewhere in between, are beholden to nothing but their inner boombox and what seems to be pumping on them are the sounds of Hall & Oates, the Bee Gees, Bread, Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, The Doobie Brothers and Sade.

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Then they turned it up to 11 on last night’s performance of “Gaudy” on Jimmy Fallon. Click here to watch the full episode.

Check out some choice shots from last night and remaining GAYNGS fall dates, after the jump.

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IT’S GO TIME! Win Band Bench Spots for GAYNGS on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon!

Gayngs Courtesy of the Pabst Theater

Gayngs Courtesy of the Pabst Theater

Fans! Friends! Inhabitants of the New York City Metropolitan Area! Fayns of GAYNGS!

GAYNGS will be performing on Monday, October 4th at Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  To win a chance to be on the “Band Bench” behind the band during the show, you can enter at the Fallon Band Bench site.  Make sure that you include the code “GAN” in the form! There is no better way to spend your autumn evening.

http://www.fallonbandbench.com

GAYNGS Covers Alan Parsons Project’s “Eye in the Sky,” Tour Begins Wednesday!


GAYNGS – Eye in the Sky from GAYNGS on Vimeo.

If you were wondering how GAYNGS is preparing for their upcoming fall tour, look no further. Watch this majestic, pastoral clip of their rendition of Alan Parsons Project’s “Eye in the Sky.”

And this just in on the eve of the GAYNGS fall tour – a live performance w/ Glasser of “Faded High” shot at April Base Studio.


City of Music: Gayngs from MPLS.TV on Vimeo.

GAYNGS Tour Dates w/ Glasser:

09/29/10 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09/30/10 Chicago, IL – Metro
10/01/10 Alfred, NY- Alfred University NEW!
10/02/10 Boston, MA – Paradise
10/03/10 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/05/10 Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/06/10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle NEW!
10/10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival
10/09/10 Official ACL Afterparty at Emo’s Outside w/ Bear in Heaven NEW!

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Faded High by GAYNGS
The Gaudy Side of Town by GAYNGS

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