Gum Country are an indie rock band featuring vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Courtney Garvin (The Courtneys) and multi-instrumentalist Connor Mayer.
With the release of “Somewhere,” their lead single and title track, Gum Country also announced their upcoming, debut album. “Somewhere” displays fuzzy guitar riffs, dynamic drumming, and lo-fi ambience. Gum Country describe themselves as “harsh twee” and drew their inspiration for “Somewhere” from ’80s and ’90s performance videos.
“I wrote ‘Somewhere’ a couple years after moving to LA,” says Garvin. “It’s about leaving a place that you are comfortable in and landing in a strange new one, and discovering what parts of your identity remain and which were left behind. The first line I wrote was, ‘haven’t felt this way in a while, I can’t think straight can’t hide my smile, I guess this is gonna be my life for a while,’ and then it was just a process of unravelling that thought.
“I think the song could be about the range of emotions that come with any big change, and ultimately settling on a mellow excitement for vulnerability.”
Gum Country are set to release Somewhere on June 19 via Dinosaur City Records.