Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on May 18, 2010

live photos by Drew Kaiser

DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - The Gaudy Side of Town (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Gayngs - Faded High (MP3)

Channy Moon Casselle, Justin Vernon & Dessa (Gayngs) @ First Avenue on Friday

Who are Gayngs? A druggy-disco supergroup comprised of the following...

Ryan Olson (Digitata), Zach Coulter (Solid Gold), Adam Hurlburt (Solid Gold), Joe Westerlund, Phil Cook (Megafaun), Brad Cook (Megafaun), Michael Lewis (Happy Apple), Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ivan Rosebud (The Rosebuds), Stefon LeRon Alexander (POS), Mike Noyce (Bon Iver), Jake Luck (Leisure Birds), James Buckley (James Bukley Trio, Mystery Palace), Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), Shön Troth (Solid Gold), Danny Krzykowski, Chaney Moon Cassell (Roma di Luna), Katy Morley, Maggie Wander, Maggie Morrison (Lookbook, Digitata), Joe Mabbott (Passions), Grant Cutler (Lookbook), Xander.
Their debut album, Relayted, came out May 11th on Jagjaguwar. Two songs from it are posted above. Start with the blissed out funk of "Faded High" or just stream the whole thing at 89.3 The Current.

Gayngs played their first ever show on Friday, May 14th at First Avenue in Minneapolis. The show was in Minneapolis, so naturally Prince showed up, and actually almost joined them onstage (there is even photo evidence of the funky one with guitar in hand). Gayngs all wore tuxedos in line with the night's theme, The Last Prom On Earth. The set of pictures in this post are from that show. They continue below with some videos.

The band will play their next live shows this September and October. Those include the just-announced ACL Festival, and a pair of NYC dates. They play Webster Hall on October 3rd and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 4th. Tickets should be on sale this week. All dates below.

A video of the group at work/play, the video for their cover of Godley & Creme's "Cry," some porny teaser trailers (nothing says sexy like a clarinet), more pictures and some videos from their first gig, all dates, and much more, below...


"Cry" by GAYNGS

Gayngs @ First Avenue....

Ryan Olson

Justin Vernon

Ryan Olson

Stef Alexander, Dessa



Gayngs - Cry, First Avenue, Minneapolis, 5-14-10

Zak Coulter

Mike Lewis

Gayngs - Faded High, First Avenue, Minneapolis, 5-14-10



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 super-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.


"Relayted" tracklist
The Gaudy Side of Town
The Walker
No Sweat
False Bottom
The Beatdown
Crystal Rope
Spanish Platinum
Faded High
The Last Prom on Earth

Double LP is a different sequence:
A1- The Gaudy Side of Town
A2- The Walker

B1- Cry
B2- No Sweat
B3- False Bottom

C1 The Beatdown
C2 Crystal Rope
C3 Spanish Platinum
C4 Ride

D1 Faded High
D2 The Last Prom on Earth

More of the band's prolific, if brief, video output is here.

Gayngs - 2010 Tour Dates
09/29/10 Milwaukee, WI: Turner Hall
09/30/10 Chicago, IL: Metro
10/01/10 Toronto, ON: Phoenix Theatre
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
10/07/10 Nashville, TN: Mercy Lounge
10/10/10 Austin, TX: Austin City Limits Festival



Comments (28)

this was one of the worst bands i've ever seen. there's a reason prince didn't get up on stage. don't waste your time, world.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 11:15 AM

Wow, this band sounds like they were cursed by Sergio The Sax Man...

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 12:04 PM

Thank gawd for metal

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 12:12 PM


Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 12:13 PM

I won't even give this band the pleasure of of MEH joke.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 12:19 PM

Methinks they watched one too many episodes of Yacht Rock. (not that that is a bad thing....)

Posted by The Mighty KC. | May 18, 2010 12:28 PM

yahtzee, methinks, gawd? who are you people

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 2:21 PM

I love bon iver, but this band seriously sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 2:21 PM

i hate bon iver, but this band is awesome

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 2:32 PM

I know and respect some of these MPLS people involved... but I really don't get it.
Is this supposed to get someone laid or something?

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 2:54 PM

iv gotten laid 3 times in the last 12 hours so yes

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:09 PM

This is neither disco nor super.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 3:59 PM

i'm already wearing a condom

Posted by MikeNoycefanclubpresident | May 18, 2010 4:38 PM

Solid Gold is horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2010 6:03 PM

Prince apparently said "they have it covered" and is a big fan of them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 12:41 AM

this band really thinks it can sell out webster hall and williamsburg music hall all based on the fact Prince accidentally showed up at their show and tuned a guitar?

Please. This band sucks

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 1:00 AM

What a super group of self impotant or important people. Happy Apple all had big rock star egos and then theres the other white atmosphere hip hop people most of which are not impressive.

Exclusive?? Not even a good play on words.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 1:14 AM

Michael Lewis from happy apple kills the sax all over this record. ego was the last thing on his mind, playing lines like that! genius. and noone from atmosphere is on it..... good job.

Prince dug it, I dig it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 19, 2010 11:00 PM

They were loving referred to as crappy apple because of their derivative jazz attempt from people they listened to.

Posted by Anonymous | May 20, 2010 7:26 AM

11:00PM is obviously some Minneapolis fanboy, or even more likely, is in the band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2010 9:03 PM

Many of the comments above are distressing. No one is obligated to like an music. But it seems that being able to sound especially snarky is the main motivation of some commenters not any fair assessment. If listeners any historical notion of pop music or would be opened minded to it ( translation they didn't have their heads up their butts) they would come to the same realization as Paul Lester, music critic for the Guardian in London.

About Gayngs he said: "This indie collective have taken the pure pop brilliance of10cc's I'm Not in Love as the template for our album of the year so far". YES snarky anonymous posters that is the Guardian's ALBUM OF THE YEAR so far.

check out the review:

Plus the prom was cool and I looked great!

Posted by Lavalle ANderson | May 23, 2010 1:27 AM

^ The Guardian? The Guardian? You have to be kidding me. They're worse than The Times.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010 3:30 AM

Seriously, this show was amazing and I can't stop listening to the album over and over. For those of you who just poo'd all over it, you can stick it. You have no taste and don't get the point. I'm still on a high from that night and have recommended the album to most everyone I know. It's brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 4:48 PM

From Minneapolis, and I think Gayngs is god awful. Bon Iver is top notch, but this stuff is worthless. Some fairly well known artists and there's a ton of people on stage... bound to draw attention, but if you just heard this shit and didn't know anything about it, you wouldn't give a listen past the 2 minute mark of the album.

Posted by Benzi | July 26, 2010 12:34 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...

Posted by يوتيوب القمة | March 2, 2011 1:48 AM

Druggie shit music. It's terrible stuff.

Posted by Bill | January 9, 2012 4:23 PM

I thought junior high circa 1975 was over.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2012 4:04 AM


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