Vundabar Premiere “Gawk” LP via Consequence of Sound + Announce Summer Tour Dates

July 27, 2015
Caitlin McCann

Caitlin McCann


Vundabar Unveil Their Jittery Summer
Post-Surf Punk LP “Gawk”
via Consequence of Sound

Gawk due out July 24th via
the band’s own Gawk Records

Vundabar Announce Summer Tour Dates

Boston’s Vundabar are sharing their highly anticipated sophomore LP “Gawk” via Consequence of Sound ahead of the album’s release this Friday, July 24th. To celebrate the release of the record, the band are headed out on a US summer tour, taking the band throughout the East Coast, South, and North East. After sharing the album’s singles, “Chop,” “Oulala,” and “Darla” via Stereogum, SPIN, and VICE respectively, Vundabar are excited to share Gawk in full, the end result of a hard year spent creating their latest record. The perfect accompaniment to a summer heat wave, Gawk is an energetic blast of the band’s unique surf pop influenced post-punk. Due out July 24th via the band’s own Gawk Records, Gawk is a dynamic album full of brilliant shifts, enormous hooks, tangled riffs and shimmering pop melodies. Speaking about the record, Consequence of Sound said, “Vundabar stands out from the DIY crowd thanks to a jangly lean on pop sounds. Case in point: their catchy-as-hell sophomore album, Gawk” before elaborating “the sound is still distinctly Vundabar, assuredly dipping into dark territories with a sense of lightness wrapped in complicated, playful musicality.”

Vundabar, the seriously infectious Boston jangle pop trio have built a strong reputation throughout Boston as one of the city’s best up-and-coming bands, constantly touring and playing shows, and while they are fairly young (members are all between 20 and 21), their music is reminiscent of a band that has spent countless hours perfecting their sound. Gawk is the type of album that bubbles with soulful sun-drenched bliss, off kilter indie rock melodies, gorgeous harmonies and an endless supply of enormous hooks. East coast indie rock with a West coast soul… one listen and you’re hooked. The band are heading out on a US tour beginning tomorrow, check out all the dates below.


07/27 – Jersey City, NJ @ The Dopeness
07/28 – New Brunswick, NJ @ The Empire
07/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bourbon and Branch
07/30 – Baltimore, MD @ The Crown
07/31 – Richmond, VA @ Sour House
08/01 – Washington, DC @ Ezra Mae’s (Matinee, In It Together Fest)
08/02 – Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
08/03 – Asheville, NC
08/04 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
08/05 – Columbia, SC @ The Tin Roof
08/06 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
08/08 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Fuzztival) w/ Quilt, Doug Tuttle, Advaeta & more
08/09 – Portsmouth, NH @ Press Room
08/10 – Lowell, MA @ Uncharted Gallery
08/11 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey House
08/12 – Montreal, Canada @ Newspeak
08/13 – Portland, ME
08/14 – Rochester, NY
08/15 – Toronto, Canada
08/21 – Boston, MA @ Greenfest
08/23 – Boston, MA @ O’Briens (Matinee, Exploding In Sound Records Weekend)
08/24 – Hadley, MA @ Asbestos Barn
09/04 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs (Album Release Show)
09/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades w/ Pupppy & Dirty Dishes


Vundabar was born out of the alienation that goes along with the high school years. Brandon Hagen (20) was a lanky weirdo, ill equipped for Scituate High School’s long standing history of sports, trucks, and drinking. His recreational activities included dodging rocks thrown by groups of future frat bro’s and in turn further egging them on by relaying spray painted messages in their driveways. Drew McDonald (20) was an equally lanky glasses-wearing loner, having moved three times throughout his youth to finally end up living next door to Brandon. This chance occurrence made Hagen and McDonald into an unlikely pair.

Taking solace in music and absurdist humor, they would watch stand-up specials for hours, share albums with one another, and hash out the songs which would become Vundabar’s first full length, ‘Antics‘, which they recorded in Drew’s room with two microphones and garageband. Brandon projected his feelings of resentment, humor, and cynicism into his songs. There is an element of jest and aggression in Vundabar’s music which roots itself in the experiences of condemnation and alienation Hagen experienced throughout high school.

After a self release, incessant touring, and having Zackery Abramo (21) join to play bass, they received an offer from a French booking agency to tour throughout Europe. In the summer and fall of 2014 they toured Europe for three months, with a month long US tour wedged in the middle. Despite the excitement that came along with these opportunities, each member’s home life was becoming more and more unstable throughout these tours. The band had become a source of stability in a seemingly all at once unstable world. After these tours ended the three went into Mystic Valley Analog Recording Studio to record a follow up to ‘Antics‘.

The album that resulted, ‘Gawk‘, is a dynamic collection of ten songs. It blends pop sensibilities, loud quiet loud dynamics, and jarring energy. There are themes of alienation, identity, perception, detachment and a quiet bitterness blended with humor threading its way through the album. It is a culmination of last two years of their lives.

Pre-orders are now available via Vundabar’s Bandcamp on vinyl, cd, and digital.
Gawk tracklist:

1. Chop [stream/embed]
2. Oulala [stream/embed]
3. Cotton Kid
4. Darla [stream/embed]
5. Alien Blues
6. Ash In The Sun
7. Bust
8. Worn/Wander
9. Desert Diddy
10. Smile Boyo

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