GUM, the moniker of Tame Impala/Pond multi-instrumentalist, Jay Watson, returns with new music in the form of double single release ‘The Underdog‘ and ‘S.I.A.‘ Lifted from the forthcoming record The Underdog, further details of Watson’s fourth solo LP are set to drop next month.
Currently touring nationally with POND on Laneway Festival, GUM has shared a series of headline dates in celebration of the new material. Beginning March 31st in his hometown, followed by Yah Yah’s Melbourne on April 6th, the national tour includes an appearance at Victorian Festival By The Meadow, before heading to Oxford Arts, Sydney and The Brightside, Brisbane.
Described as “an endlessly flexible musical polymath,” GUM’s ability to traverse multiple genres is evident in his latest sonic offerings. Mixed and recorded himself, with additional drums at Kevin Parker’s home studio, GUM describes ‘The Underdog’ themes as “evoking that sensation of triumph and that weird parallel universe feeling you get when the person that’s not supposed to win, does.”
The last song made for the new record, ‘S.I.A’ was depicted as “a Russian advert for shaving razors from the year 2080” by artist Bjenny Montero. GUM based the track’s beginnings on an initial rhythm – “I liked the idea of it being really organic electronic music, kind of groovy but also really cold and mechanical sounding.”
With a series of sold-out headline shows in 2017 and appearance on the line-up for Gizzfest, GUM is no stranger to packed venues. Having supported the likes of Mac DeMarco and Mini Mansions, the multi-instrumentalist is set to support Angel Olsen on her solo tour this March. The new LP follows GUM’s 2014 debut Delorean Highway, 2015’s Glamorous Damage, and 2016’s Flash In The Pan. In 2018, ‘The Underdog’ is set to entice a new legion of GUM fanatics and firmly establish Watson’s distinctive sound.
GUM TOUR DATES
Sat, Mar 31 | The Bird, Perth
Fri, Apr 6 | Yah Yah’s, Melbourne, VIC
Sat, Apr 7 | By The Meadow, Bambra, VIC
Wed, Apr 11 | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Thu, Apr 12 | The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Wed, Apr 18 | Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles, CA
Thu, Apr 19 | The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Sun, Apr 22 | Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn, NY
On-sale Wed, Feb 7
Tue, Apr 24 | Oslo Hackney, London UK
Wed, Apr 25 | Melkweg, Amsterdam NE
Thu, Apr 26 | Supersonic, Paris FR
Ticket info available on venue websites.