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Greetings / Barely

by Gulfer

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Greetings 02:14
greetings for the meaningful hundred bodies on the floor when the days are short the nights are eternal I've seen endless types of me simply going wrong in the same room we sat down we all lost our minds never found em back wandering (I) wonder why we are lying all the time spent days walking sideways like there's no tomorrow I'd go months without em and I'm standing on the rooftop with my feet on the edge I have never been scared to start another life
Barely 02:17
We barely gave any thought Can you make enough sense to me? And can I get it back? Across the city in an hour easy Head on straight bones still crack I can’t think of a way out I can’t think of a way I could hold on We barely gave any thought – concussed on the way home


The contrast of “Greetings” and “Barely” succinctly represents the overarching spirit of Gulfer, now in their tenth year as a band whose proclivities range from rousing punkish anthems to technical and exploratory indie rock. In its opening seconds, “Greetings” boasts inventive drumming and playfully intricate guitar to set the scene for a song that attempts to unpack the abundant contradictions and debaucheries that comprised our youth. There’s a hint of personal introspection in the lyrics, but singer/guitarist Vincent Ford avoids explicit resolution in favor of open-ended narration. On “Barely” the band’s impressionistic side emerges with an upbeat, pithy composition bookended by droning atmospherics. Exploring the transactional nature of so many of our relationships, singer/guitarist Joe Therriault uses “Barely” to speak on attempts at reciprocity of kindness that ultimately fall short in our over-transactionalized world.


released July 15, 2022

written by Gulfer:
Vincent Ford
Joseph Therriault
David Mitchell
Julien Daoust

mixed by Dylan Hanwright
mastered by Charles-David Dubé
art by Élie Chap


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Gulfer Montréal, Québec

Topshelf Records + Royal Mountain Records


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