photos by Timothy Griffin
Gayngs / Local Natives
"To create the GAYNGS' Regrind EP all of the stems from the bands debut album, Relayted, were arbitrarily named and compiled into a list. Ensuring anonymity, the list was presented in alphabetical order (shown below) to a collection of producers and musicians. They were then instructed to choose only 10, without knowing what songs they came from or what instruments they contained. One could choose anything from four sax solos and six bass lines, to eight keyboards and two background vocals. The combinations that could be chosen were indefinite...the only certainty was that the parts would all be set to the tempo of 69 beats per minute.You can listen to and download Regrind, which is out now, at the end of this post.
From there, the re-grinders were free to chop, pitch-shift, and otherwise pulverize the stems into a new, cohesive song. The only rule was that they must use all 10 stems they were given, and that the tempo must remain at GAYNGS' standard 69 bpm.
P.O.S, Cecil Otter, Lazerbeak, Paper Tiger, MK Larada, and Plain Ole Bill (all from Minneapolis Hip-Hop Collective Doomtree) were the first to step up to the plate.
All turntablin' was done by Plain ole Bill. The Cook Bros (Megafaun) also lent their talents on keys."
Gayngs seem to be taking it day by day - the supergroup of sorts has publicly toyed with the idea of the band only touring once, but the demand seems to be there, and so they continue to hit the road (though Justin Vernon is not always guaranteed to be a touring member). On Friday night they shared a sold out bill at Stubb's in Austin with Local Natives, and this coming week they'll play at least two more Austin shows during SXSW, and in April they do Coachella. Har Mar Superstar, like he has in the past, was filling in for Vernon at the smooth rock & autotune-filled Austin show where they covered Godley & Creme's 'Cry', and George Michael's 'One More Try'.
Local Natives, who also play a SXSW show (but only during Interactive), played songs from Gorilla Manor and apologized for not having much more than that. They promised a new album before their next tour through Austin. You can see their whole setlist, and more tour dates, and more pictures from the Stubb's show, and the Gayngs EP, below....
GAYNGS' Regrind EP
1. Fight, Fuck, Fall Asleep (Sims:vox Cecil Otter: regrind)
2. Coercion Van (MK Larada: regrind)
3. Cologne & Water (Paper Tiger: regrind)
4. Draper Drunk (Mike Mictlan: vox, The Chocolate Ox: keys, Plain ole Bill: regrind)
5. No Scrubs (P.O.S: vox, regrind)
6. Sprinkle Juice (Lazerbeak: regrind)
7. Sand in the Lotion (Cecil Otter: regrind)
Gayngs - 2011 Tour Dates
03/13/11 - 35 Conferette Festival - Denton, Texas
03/17/11 - Mohawk/ SXSW - Austin Texas
03/18/11 - Lustre Pearle/ Dickies Party / SXSW - Austin , Texas
04/15/11-17 - Coachella Music & Arts Fest - Indio, California
05/28/11- Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, Oregon
05/29/11 Sasquatch Music Festival - Quincy, Washington
06/01/11 - The Independent- San Francisco, California
06/04/11- The Casbah - San Diego, California
Local Natives - 2011 Tour Dates
Mar 14 SXSW Interactive, Austin, Texas
Mar 25 Hipodromo De Las Americas Mexico City, Mexico
Apr 09 1st BANK Center Broomfield, CO
Apr 11 UCCU Center w/ Arcade Fire!!! Orem, UT
Apr 13 Comerica Theatre w/ Arcade Fire!!! Phoenix, AZ
Apr 14 The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel w/ Arcade Fire!!! Las Vegas, NV
May 28 Sasquatch Music Festival George, WA