words by tom johnson
Arriving in just a week or so from now, via the spear-headed label dream-team of Topshelf Records and Big Scary Monsters, and having only been announced earlier this month, Gulfer’s Dog Bless LP is already shaping up rather formidably, with the punchy-yet-playful lead track “Fading” followed up today by a brilliant and brand new track, “Baseball”, which we’re extremely excited to share here – and you can check it out below right now.
As choppy and contagious as we’ve come to expect, the new track is a heady three-minutes, the band ripping through the running-time in a flurry of thrashy instrumentals and the occasional simmering breakdown which lends “Baseball” a sense of measured refinement, adding an extra weight to the whole thing that sits somewhere between distant poignancy and a heartfelt sense of longing, like a shadow you hadn’t previously noticed quietly swallowing the space around you.
Formed in Montreal back in 2011, and with a decisive haul of records already under their belts, Dog Bless feels like a new chapter for Gulfer, that sense of recklessness they manage so well curtailed with just the right amount of restraint, just the right balance between the dark and light. “Baseball” is indicative of that – but it also slams; those twinkling guitars, those guttural vocals, as interesting and invigorating as ever before.
The full record drops on March 2nd (pre-order links below); check out “Baseball” right here and now:
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)