New Noise Magazine is beyond excited to be bringing forth the premiere of “Fading” by Gulfer. Full of intricately timed patterns and riffs, the song breathes with swirling melodies that are realized by multiple instruments. Whenever the vocals ride over top the always moving guitars there is a slight bit of permanence in the surroundings. Even if the song is about feeling nothing during boredom, there is an awareness that escapes the band’s psyche with their wonderfully syncopated parts. The song embodies the feeling of embracing life with its cheery parts, breaking normal patterns with atypical motifs. “Fading” is off of the upcoming Gulfer record Dog Bless, which will be released on March 2nd via Topshelf Records & Big Scary Monsters.
“‘Fading’ is about being bored to death and feeling like nothing impresses you anymore and that nothing will ever really entertain you again. Its also about sitting on a bench at the park observing strangers, specifically old men smoking cigarettes and playing Bocce all day. They are still having a great time despite old age and declining health and thats a really important reminder of what it means to be alive.” – Gulfer
Gulfer’s inception in December of 2011 feels like it occurred a lifetime ago. But that’s how it’s supposed to feel when the local DIY band is coming up on their sixth release and fifth international tour. Bands like Gulfer simply aren’t supposed to last in this world, and they’ve come too long a way to go unnoticed. Perhaps that’s why they just signed to Topshelf Records, Big Scary Monsters and Friend of Mine Records with their second full length record, ‘Dog Bless’, due in early 2018.
Predictably, the new full length from the Montreal-based quartet is their best work yet. It features a trio of three song movements, each punctuated with electronic compositions much unlike the band’s previous work. At 12 songs deep, Dog Bless appears ambitious next to its 2015 predecessor What Gives. But the final product matches the ambition in its eloquent delivery of anthemic, sensibly technical emo.
March 13-17 – SXSW
March 24 – Casa del Popolo (Montreal, CAN)
April 27 – Basement Bar (Tokyo, JP)
April 28 – Studio 246 (Nagoya, JP)
April 29 – Growly (Kyoto, JP)
April 30 – Era (Tokyo, JP)
August 16 – ArcTanGent (Bristol, UK)
Photo By Noémie Plante