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Gulfer

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JDMP I have a huge soft spot in my heart for emo and math rock, and Gulfter is the perfect blend. This is a considerably more melodic and mathy excursion from Dog Bless, but it still satisfies. There is a summeriness and brightness to this record that is absolutely addicting.
sidluckman
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sidluckman Progressive in an accessible sort of way. Favorite track: Nature Kids.
Alexander Tome
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Alexander Tome Excellent follow up to Dog Bless! Favorite track: Letters.
Pablo
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Pablo So tight, I would really like to see this show live. Mathy and crispy around the edges, drums are on fire-I just want more.
jami fowler
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jami fowler Mathy, raw, and vulnerable but with enough youthful energy to make sure you have a good time Favorite track: Forget (Friendly).
sycoalexio
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sycoalexio This album came at just the right time. I think they're my new apex for mathrock/emo/indie expressionism since Minus the Bear is no longer together. I am so glad I ran across this group. All songs are bangers. Their music is catchy and resonates on a spiritual level for me.
Frankly, there's no comparison and nothing else quite like it that I have found. Amazing...thank you for your service and talents, gents...it is thoroughly appreciated. :) <3 <3 <3
Favorite track: Forget (Friendly).
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1.
Intro 00:24
2.
Blurry 02:43
Fascinated by interactions With all the other human beings that i don’t understand I will try to find a way to get a point across while you hold on too tight to your guts (and) think twice about not letting the words out leaving it where it all started Dropping the hints as i’m consuming Secrets unfold for another reason Than finding ways to stay connected You turn to me just when you need it I'd swirl around until i’m needed Pretended to swim when i was drowning I closed my eyes for a good reason Do you think you’re ready for half of this I showed you thousands of blurry pictures And i know that you can’t tell by the end of it But you just never had what it takes
3.
Nature kids they talk so loud I don’t understand what they mean I’ve got time it’s nothing to me Sun comes up when you’re around Superstitious when we walk and I don’t wanna talk about it Nature kid talks too much Doesn’t know what he wants tough luck You’re running out of breath that’s rough Crime is never complete give up You let me catch up I’m talking too much
4.
I forget the words you said But there was something in your tone of voice that made me second guess The whole thought process Were you waiting for me? I find that hard to believe. Maybe a rainy day coffee would make me disagree And I want to disagree Checked out, gotta step down, try not to talk so loud I wait around, cause I’ve got nowhere to be The changing colour of leaves But until the rain dies down I’ve got it figured out You call me up just to talk to me And there’s no hesitation in your speech You call me up to tell me about your week You call me up just to talk to me Am I wasting your time?
5.
Interlude 00:33
6.
Heat Wave 04:01
Being in your apartment feels wrong But you don’t mind And who cares if we steal We can just fade out until next year Your neighbourhood’s out of breath Don’t wanna end up like that And I don’t wanna walk past your apartment cause Cause you’re acting strange in this heat wave Tired from the work day History’s boring to me but I’ve got records to keep With this calendar concrete Biking home I wonder why You say you’re working class when it feels right Found a smaller pond Left the kitchen light on Your apartment feels wrong I smoke slowly when I can Don’t wanna end up like that
7.
Mall Song 03:40
Put it in my head, make me innocent It doesn’t matter at all Baby’s got thousands of problems Have you been rolling a lot A dollar’s not worth the shot It makes it harder to get Baby’s got me in the bed But I can’t keep promising I proved that I got nothing Have you been waiting a lot Fall out from the bomb Pick and choose a mall Chuckle all you want Who has dismembered us all
8.
Letters 03:02
You say you’re way too weak to leave this place I say it’s simplicity by the square This cloud’s been over our heads since our breakthrough It’s been three months I’m asking myself where to go to I’ve looked around for it A piece of history that could be transcribed in gold characters In gigantic letters It’s either the writing's too small to enjoy its content Or the message is gone I can’t read anything It should be black or white but it’s blank all the way now All the letters are gone, all the letters are gone I should stop thinking about it All the letters are gone, all the letters are gone
9.
Carefully 03:34
Last night I dreamt so carefully I almost fell back asleep at sea Snuck back into my apartment quietly Past rivers branching back and forth Have you heard the paper birds laughing? They don’t need a reaction And I never say anything at all You woke up with the same mouth Saying that you’re best at Often changing your mind You stutter but don’t answer Keep secrets like treasures Hiding like a banker You go out of your way to stay the same
10.
Flashing 01:37
Why d’you think it started such a long time ago it’s still fresh in our minds Like it was yesterday’s job To keep it there for us to remind ourselves Of how devastated we should be Instead we’re numb to the bones Afraid that someone will know Cause it’s easy to say it should have been better in the end But in the moment We gave it all we’ve got
11.
Symmetry 03:52
I’m just awake in your bed Thinking about last year I should have said that you’re always looking back that’s what symmetry lacks and it’s lost behind your eyelids you know I forgot how to make the call And called off how to make it right For some reason I’ve been wrong Smashed my head against the wall Wrote a message for myself Saying stories never tell Wrote a page and lit a match just to show you
12.
I’m coming down for a couple months And everyone’s here to stay where they belong I belong in my house I wish I’d ask about your friends and the things they like And make you laugh, it’s not so hard I do it all the time with buds I know I think of all the times I couldn’t say a word, a phrase, I’d remain afraid It feels fine in the spotlight for a second off the record when the void swallows right open Rest your head will you still can, launch a plane and watch it fall down Let me guess, that was it, just a trick nothing more than you’d expect from me
13.
Outro 01:01

about

Having spent the past couple years wavering between self-doubt and having it figured out, Montreal's Gulfer have returned to the fore with their third full-length record. Composed of thirteen tracks of intricate, dexterous, and incredibly fun, punk-inspired emo tunes, 'Gulfer' sees the Montreal quartet settled into their own with a career-defining record.

Set to be released via Topshelf Records, as well as with the band's first ever Canadian label in Royal Mountain Records, 'Gulfer' is expansive in a way that sets it apart from the debut 'What Gives' and the Pitchfork-approved 'Dog Bless.' Delving into their collective influences by drawing from elements of grunge, shoegaze, and contemporaries Oso Oso and Prince Daddy and the Hyena, the band never turn their back on their earliest inspirations, with stylistic threads tracing easily back to Glocca Morra, Algernon Cadwallader, and TTNG.

Explosive, agile emo serves as the backdrop to guitarist and vocalists Vincent Ford and Joe Therriault's honest and vulnerable lyricism, with the two sharing the writing process on a record that tackles human nature; exploring self-doubt, resentment, complex relationships, climate change, and the waning of youth. The band never lose the sense of playfulness and fun that is omnipresent in their live show, an undeniable, electric energy that stems from being a group of close friends before all else.

Made to represent where they are, rather than worry about how they will be perceived, 'Gulfer' is a statement of confidence and ambition. Free of former notions that they needed to write in a certain way to sound like themselves, the band instead went with their gut and wrote what came naturally. The result is their most definitive work to date, a record that focuses less on ultra-technical musicianship and more on structure, space, and feel. With renewed energy in their freshened sound palette and their most collaborative songwriting yet, Gulfer have created an album that sounds fresh and exciting, which is no small feat for a band with two albums, a handful of EPs, and eight long years under their belt. The deft and interweaving interplay of Ford and Therriault's guitars is grounded by bassist David Mitchell and drummer Julien Daoust, whose dexterities and musicianship animate the album with explosive, emotional kineticism.

Having toured all over the world through Japan, Poland, France, Slovakia, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Serbia and many more, and sharing the stage with the likes of PUP, Joyce Manor, Foxing, Into It. Over It., Title Fight, performing at festivals such as SXSW, ArcTanGent, and Pop Montreal, the band is well-positioned to take their rightful spot centre stage, galvanized by their newest and best record, 'Gulfer.'

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released October 16, 2020

Cover art photos taken by Marc-André Letourneux
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Cover art collage and design by Benjamin Lieber
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Recorded by Benoit Parent and Blaise Borboën-Léonard at Makina Studios, Montreal
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Mixed by Dylan Hanwright
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Mastered by Charles-David Dubé
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Press photos by Louis-Philippe Desaulniers

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