Sunday, 18 October 2009

Bogus Totem Summer / I Play Gay

To celebrate the release of our new album, we thought we'd explore our past a bit too - We realised we had a bunch of releases that were no longer available and were in need of archiving.

So, we present two (old) new GvsY releases for you to download!These are available to buy in a bunch of different formats and fully embeddable on blogs etc. so please share / Tell a friend! Check out our page for more info.

Firstly, Bogus Totem Summer is a redux of our summer 2007 tour release. It's a collaboration with our favourite artist and animator, Arran Ridley, who also made the art for our new record. We commissioned Arran to make videos for each of the songs on the ep - he got his friend dan to do the last one! I reckon this is one of the best records we made and the cd-r / dvd edition is long sold out, so it's nice for it to be available again! The videos come with the download.

Secondly, 'I Play Gay'. I guess this is sort of a mutant 'covers' record, except the covers are parallel versions, performed by a bunch of pals (Dananananaykroyd, House Mouse, Agaskodo Teliverek and Dolby Anol) of early GvsY songs, with us doing the vocals. Weird idea!
Anyway, this was planned to be a 7" release, with the brilliant Bill & Ted inspired comic, by Stefan Sadler (from the Famicon collective) included. Here it is, to download, in its weirdo glory! The music comes with a high quality .PDF of the comic.

We're really proud of these packages and we hope you like them too!
Thanks to Arran and Stefan for making the fantastic art, comics and video!

Saturday, 17 October 2009


Arran, our wonderful artist, holding his *brand new* copy of the record. thanks Arran!

Friday, 16 October 2009


new GvsY album available for pre-order (on salmon pink vinyl (!!!) with poster and awesome artwork by arran ridley!) from Upset the Rhythm

buy the cd version (with trippy digipack / cd design) from ADAADAT

full album preview on our myspace page

With 'Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes', Joe and Lachlann have written a new album which leaps and bounds over their debut 'Musclemilk', released in 2007 by Adaadat. The dual title is symbolic of the struggle for creative compromise and two pals who are still learning how to work together - they couldn't agree, so they named it twice - it works out. Similarly, the music clashes too, it strikes bargains and agrees to disagree. The album finds progressive rock trying to sit alongside synth-pop and afrobeat, whilst disco bumps into hardcore, before transcending tropically. There's a lot going on but somehow it makes sense.

Album opener "Cruisin" is a reckless, careering 8-bit punk sideswipe, with hollered words and an ardent keyboard line. "Geomancer" is a bubbling brew of stammering beats and coupled vocals. "Stranded In Jurassic Park" tells the tale of buddies chased by dinosaurs into the path of five desert dwelling aggressors over a pulsating call and response track, which shape shifts with every line. The band try their hand at epic balladry with "Glorious Dawn2, whilst "Magic Eye" is a breakneck pop song lost amidst the pogo and guitar wrangle. 'Righteous Signals, Sour Dudes' is an album about unsatisfactory magic, testing friendships and Niels Bohr. It is also a record about forgetting boundaries and forgiving fun.

During the making of this album, Gay Against You played many hundred shows across Europe. They've toured constantly playing some less than likely spaces including caves, cellars, boats, roofs and even on the banks of a fjord. They've had their passports stolen, gone through 20 odd costumes, two guitars, two keyboards and two laptops, broken their teeth and fallen from tall speakers onto unsuspecting pianos. They want to thank everyone who's helped them along the way, and they more than do that with this record.