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GUM COUNTRY (members of The Courtneys) Share ‘Tennis (I Feel OK)’ |Debut Album Due 19th June

May 7, 2020
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Duo share ‘Tennis (I Feel Ok)’, an ode to falling in love with a new sport

Debut album Somewhere out 19th June

LA-based duo Gum Country have shared ‘Tennis (I Feel Ok)’, the second single from their upcoming debut album Somewhere, out 19th June.

The earwormy track finds vocal/guitarist Courtney Garvin’s (The Courtneys) espousing about her new found love of tennis:

“Kinda goofy, but in all honesty my relationship with tennis is so meaningful to me on a spiritual level. It’s my meditation practice. The game makes you present, you’re repeating movements, and finding a rhythm. And it’s so creative. I think all athletes are artists. Plus you get to be outside, getting exercise, hanging with friends and all of those things are so good for you. So the song is pretty much about how tennis just makes my life better. I love tennis. If anyone reading this wants to play (after the pandemic) please hit me up.”

The abrasive new single cuts through with its sincere melody. Deep textures and harsh instrumentation are uplifted with the harmonious lyrics and vocals. It’s so easy to get lost in Gum Country, they create such ethereal instrumentation.

Gum Country are a Canadian indie rock band brought to you by vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Courtney Garvin (The Courtneys) and multi-instrumentalist Connor Mayer. The project began in Vancouver, Canada as a series of lo-fi four track recordings made in an apartment, very quietly. These recordings were released as a self-titled cassette by Lolipop Records in 2017. After moving to Los Angeles where they currently reside, the pair recorded their debut full-length album Somewhere with Joo-Joo Ashworth at Studio 22, this time at full volume.
Their self-described “harsh twee” draws on groups like StereolabYo La Tengo, Meat Puppets, and The Magnetic Fields, enveloping and transforming these influences in the warm embrace of Garvin’s fuzzy open-tuned guitar tone. Mayer’s driving drums and melodic keyboard accompaniments provide a backdrop for these rich textures, casually blending digital and analogue to produce a sound that would feel right at home on NME’s C-86 compilation. 
The songs on Somewhere meander through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to tennis, video games, and gardening. Garvin navigates these topics with humour and sincerity, her unassuming delivery riding amidst the swirling instrumentals like a snowboarder shredding fresh pow.
The band performs live as a three piece, with Mayer on drums and keyboard at the same time. Halle Saxon Gaines usually plays bass, but there are occasional appearances from Lauren Early and Luna Nuhic.
Somewhere will be released on June 19, 2020 on vinyl via Kingfisher Bluez (Canada), and cassette via Dinosaur City Records (Australia) and Burger Records (USA), and CD via Waterslide Records (Japan).


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