GUSTAF ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM PACKAGE PT. 2
DUE FOR RELEASE ON 5TH APRIL VIA ROYAL MOUNTAIN RECORDS
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “STARTING AND STARING”
Gustaf, the Brooklyn no wave / post-punk band helmed by Lydia Gammill, has announced their new album for 5th April via Royal Mountain Records. Their first album since 2021’s Audio Drag for Ego Slobs, which nabbed the band a Beck co-sign, tours with Idles, Sleaford Mods, and Yard Act, and critical acclaim, Package Pt. 2 continues the endlessly fascinating world-building exercise of its forbearer. Produced by Erin Tonkon, who worked on David Bowie’s Blackstar, the album was recorded at Studio G Brooklyn and Circular Ruin. Today watch the video for “Starting and Staring” a three minute sprint propelled by a driving baseline and frenetic vocals.
Directed by Alex Ross Perry (Bully, Soccer Mommy, Pavement, etc.), the video finds the band playing a house show as Gammill intensely directs everyone to “stay on my eyes”. Something is pulling her attention from the back of the crowd as the band’s facial cues become more and more intense.
The vocals lead the immense tone and punch riff, elevated with the bass, immediately this intoxicating energy flourishes, it reaches out and moves the listener. Every attribute screams this fierce appeal, the vocal notes move the exploration with this complex character, shifting through the powerful range.
This almighty track oozes this vibrance, it’s a fun and dynamic creation which soon becomes essential. Filled with so many hooks and this addictive influence, this track alters the audience, from the ferocity to the lively vibe.
Where Audio Drag for Ego Slobs confronted the struggle to deal with the narrators’ surroundings, finding ways to behave in a way where their emotions and actions didn’t alienate most everyone, Package Pt. 2 becomes self-aware, wondering what they might change to make life, relationships, and love a little more manageable presented via a dizzying post-punk dream brought with an irrepressible energy with astounding vocal performances throughout. With Package Pt. 2, Gustaf is in full command of a lineage that radiates from obvious touchstones like the B-52s and Talking Heads to DNA and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks.
PACKAGE PT. 2 TRACKLIST
What Does It Mean
Starting And Staring
Weighing Me Down
End Of The Year
Pre-Save Package Pt. 2 HERE