By: Graham Johnson
A few weeks ago, I got my hands on the new Gutless record, Some Voids…. It came out on March 16th and has been following me around everywhere since. I find myself playing it in the car, or at work, and even during my morning shower.
Honestly, even though I’ve been steeping myself in Gutless’ new record, it has proven quite challenging to put into words accurately. Due to vocal guest appearances by Alumine’s Alu Soto and Simona Morales of every band you’ve ever seen play in Gainesville, the album had a constantly building sound that constructed layer upon layer over V. Viana’s powerful lead vocals. With constant dynamic and instrumental shifts, this album has an overwhelming sense of grandeur, as an epic penned by an ancient bard.
There’s a monumental and exquisitely satisfying contrast between the soft, clean tones of V’s piano and Cory’s guitar that reminds me of the cool winds after a storm that blow away all the bad weather and low spirits. Meanwhile, Andrew’s bass and Tim’s percussion ebb and flow with the cycles of V’s lunar motion, swirling together to create a perfectly peaceful ball of pure and utter chaos. Every track on this short-but-sweet five song record is utterly fantastic.
However, I have to say that my absolute favorite track was “Attached.” The song is quite nostalgic and brings back memories of long, late-night drives up and down Florida’s east coast. It smells of cigarettes and reeks of booze. It blows every red light and couldn’t give a fuck. “Attached” gives me the exact content feeling one gets once you’ve finally moved on from something very important. Though, if I’m honest, some of my love for the song comes from the fact that it appeared on Coolicide’s Standing Rock Compilation and I’ve heard it several times before the album dropped and was the song that inspired me to follow Gutless.
So far, I’d rate this as one of the best albums of 2017. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster, but I guarantee you’ll come out feeling fantastic and you may just play it again. At least, that is up until you catch them out at a show, so you can join a large group of your peers in a nice cry and screaming emotional purge. The cover is worth it, man. Let’s go see Gutless.
Links & Credits:
Recorded and mixed by Rob McGregor at Goldentone Studios in Gainesville, FL.
V. Viana – lead vocals, guitar, piano, synth, glockenspiel
Cory Quimby – guitar, vocals
Andrew Martin – bass, vocals
Tim McGowan – drums, vocals
Alex Lukasik – cello on track 5
Simona Morales – vocals on tracks 1, 2 and 5
Alumine “Lulu” Soto – guitar and vocals on track 5