Artist Alert: Gum Soul
This week we’re chatting with the lads from Gum Soul. Moving away from the Indie stereotype, Gum Soul draw on 90’s grunge influences to create their gritty sound. Last night we caught Gum Soul support, The Blinders @ Thekla, Bristol. This band has huge potential, we cant wait to follow their journey.
Can you tell us who you are, where your from, and a little bit about the music you make?
We're Gum Soul, currently based in Bath in sunny Somerset. We met at uni so we're all from different parts of the country, the furthest being Nic (Bass) who originates from Liverpool all the way up north. I suppose we could be classed as Indie, but we try and stay away from the stereotypes around it. I would say we definitely have different influences from Grunge to Garage Rock.
Why did you decide to start making music?
I (Curtis) had a little solo side project from my previous band, it got to a point where I wanted to bring it to life and start gigging. Not only that but I wanted to collaborate with my friends and see what would happen. This then spawned Gum Soul. In a more deeper sense I guess collectively we wanted to make music because it's fun and what we want to do and try and give something slightly new to the overall scene.
Who are your biggest influences?
Collectively speaking I think the band's biggest influences range from Our Girl, Shame, Jaws, Dead Pretties, Nirvana and Queens of the Stoneage.
What has been your biggest highlight of this year as an Artist?
The biggest highlight of the year has been playing at this years Bath Festival on the same stage as Robert Plant. The whole day was sick and there was actually a lot of people there. The entire experience was pretty new for us as a band as we had been going only for a few months. We play Thekla soon so we hope that'll be up there as well.
What do you think of your local music scene at the moment?
There are some great bands coming out Bath/Bristol at the moment, even some of our friends bands are really pushing the scene like The Shuks and Kalpa. Even bands like Wych Elm from Bristol have come out of nowhere with some sick tunes. Bath is a good place to gig, the people are great and as a whole we think it is supportive of live music, the same goes to Bristol.
Have you got any exciting plans you can tell us about going into 2019?
2019 is where we want to start making a name for ourselves, releasing more material so that people can start to associate Gum Soul with us and the sound. As of yet nothing is booked in terms of gigs or dates, but we definitely want to be getting on the festival circuit. The band is still a baby so we're looking forward to developing and seeing where we end up next.
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What new bands are you listening to at the moment?
YOWL, Our girl, Snail Mail
Describe your sound in three words?
Punchy, eerie and raw.