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Gulfer / Charmer Split

by Gulfer & Charmer

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Did you expect me to laugh? The outlaw broadcast The empire crumbling so fast Reluctant iconoclast Sleight of hand where the ghosts don't follow you Another foreign coin in your coat pocket never used Give me a sign And I'll fall backwards erasing the bloodline Trying to see the coastline Considering this I can't figure out who's telling the truth I wrote your name down that's my little trick Or half of it And now I know why
Gordy, you’re not dying Wait two weeks you’ll be a diamond Well if I hang myself with my bedsheets Will I wake up from this dreadful dream I’ve noticed your shutters have lost their hue Would you consider my point of view It’s a long drive back from East Lansing Well tell me how you’re so tongue and cheek Look at what you done to me At least I know I can get some sleep Stained with the smell of chlorine I’ve noticed your flowers never bloomed Have you considered my point of view It’s a long drive back from East Lansing Well tell me how you’re so tongue and cheek Look at what you’ve done to me Finally I’ll get some sleep Stained with the smell of chlorine


Despite never having met IRL, the Montreal, QC- and Marquette, MI-based quartets Gulfer and Charmer have joined together for a split release via Topshelf, Royal Mountain, and No Sleep Records. Currently separated by a closed border and the pandemic, the two veteran emo groups have long held mutual admiration for one another, with Charmer first taking notice of Gulfer back in 2015 upon the release of their split with Buffalo's Del Paxton. After both bands released acclaimed albums in 2020, the two became friends over DMs and soon decided to do a release together.

Told from the perspective of someone who isn’t sure who or what they can rely on, Gulfer's “Look” explores the meaning of interpersonal trust in the context of our ongoing social and political turmoil. But this narrative doesn’t arrive at specific conclusions on these subjects, mirrored by the song’s abstract and impressionist elements of layered acoustic guitar and textural harmonica. There is nevertheless a compositional certainty about the song, featuring signature Gulfer punches and nimble, noodly guitars that seem to effortlessly glide between the raucous downbeats and unpredictable transitions, proving the band’s proclivity for marrying catchy punkish licks with virtuosic excitement.

Charmer's "Diamond (Sprinkler)" is similarly contemplative, best summarized as a song about a certain kind of existential dread: being stuck in a loop observing everyday life change rapidly while you and your mindset are at a standstill. Though the lyrical concept is anything but uplifting, the rest of the song presents in a high-octane, energetic manner, featuring a triumphant yet almost subdued guitar solo that beckons a special summer. As with Gulfer's side, "Diamond (Sprinkler)" is an exciting follow-up for a band hitting their stride as we inch ever closer to the return of live music.


released May 28, 2021

Joseph Therriault - vocals, guitar, harmonica
Vincent Ford - guitar and vocals
David Mitchell - bass and vocals
Julien Daoust - drums

Drums and bass recorded by JP Larouche
Guitars and vocals recorded by Vincent Ford
Mixed by Dylan Hanwright
Mastered by Charles-David Dubé
Art by Dylan England

"Diamond (Sprinkler)" credits:
David Daignault - vocals/Guitar
Neil Berg - guitar
Zack Alworden - bass/vocals
Nick Erickson - drums

Recorded and Mixed by Brett Romnes
Vocals recorded by Dave Daignault 
Mastered by Charles-David Dubé


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