With their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Audio Drag For Ego Slobs’ arriving on 1st October via Royal Mountain Records, Brooklyn’s Gustaf are giving us the latest taste of what to expect, sharing new single ‘Best Behavior’.
“’Best Behavior’ was fun to record because it was one of the first songs we finished/crafted in the studio rather than onstage,” vocalist Lydia Gammil says. “It started out as a demo we had in the early days of the band but never ended up playing live. It sat forgotten until we began planning the record and came together pretty effortlessly in the studio.” She continues, “Unlike the bulk of the album that we developed over the course of many live shows, it was exciting to be making decisions and constructing the final song as it was happening. It also helped us get our footing and identify how we wanted to steer and produce the remaining recordings.
“The song’s ethos is a bit of the old and the new attitude for Gustaf. Our narrator, the ‘ego slob’, is bargaining with itself, scrounging for self compassion and self assurance despite a pile of hurt feelings in its wake. In demanding spoils despite having done nothing to earn them, we see the initial cracks in a brutish facade— our antihero slowly realizing maybe the shell they built for themselves was not built for the world.”
Check it out now below.
‘Audio Drag for Ego Slobs’ Tracklisting:
3. Best Behavior
5. Liquid Frown
6. The Motions
See Gustaf live at the following dates:
01 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
02 - Knoxville, TN - Mill and Mine
03 - Cincinatti, OH - MOTR Pub
04 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern
06 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
07 - Saint Paul, MN - Palace Theatre
08 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
09 - Detroit, MI - Saint Andrew's Hall
10 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
12 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
13 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
15 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
16 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
17 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
18 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
20 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
21 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
22 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade - Heaven Stage
25 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
26 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
27 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
02 - Birmingham, UK - The Sunflower Lounge
03 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade Bristol
04 - London, UK - The Dome
06 - Brighton, UK - Mutations Festival @ The Green Door Store
08 - Leeds, UK - Hyde Park Book Club
09 - Manchester, UK - YES (Pink Room)
10 - Liverpool, UK - Arts Club Loft
11 - London, UK - The Windmill, Brixton
13 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival
14 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival
14 - Brussels, BE - Witloof Bar
16 - Berlin, DE - Cassiopeia
17 - Haldern, DE - Haldern Pop Bar
18 - Paris, FR - Les Femmes S'en Melent @ Petit Bain
19 - Lille, FR - The Black Lab
20 - Luxembourg City, LU - Rotondes Klub
02 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
03 - Joshua Tree, CA - Pappy's
08 - Seattle, WA - Barboza (Headline)
09 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar (Headline)
18 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
19 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
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