Brooklyn Funks Up Brussels – GUSTAF Show Glittering Gripping Guts In Belgium

15 November 2021

Band: GUSTAF
Who: Swirling 5-piece from Brooklyn
led by Riot Grrrl Lydia Gammil

Brooklyn Vegan: “There are a lot of bands making arty post-punk, but
very few who have a front person as magnetic, funny, and occasionally,
scary as GUSTAF’S Lydia Gammil.”

I was looking forward to this gig for a long time, well actually since I heard this hot hit
team for the first time with their sassy single Book and when their stunning debut album
Audio Drag For Ego Slobs – released early October – tested my stereo’s resilience I was totally sold. Imagine head-spinning Strokes riffs, dance-adrenalized B-52‘s razzmatazz and early Parquet Courts jingle-jangle jaggedness. Sounds pretty awesome, right? You betcha.

Yesterday night the 4 pumped-up Amazons and one glitter jacket boy showed their gripping guts and their funktastic swagger with a non-stop edged post-punk-disco exhibition in Brussels.

And yes, glamorous front punkette Gammil is soemthing else. She jumped on stage
with that early John Rotten stare and started sneering about her former boyfriend’s
dog, her best behavior, and spitting gibberish like “I don’t wanna ruh ruh, I don’t come
to repeat, get ready cause I won’t ruh, ruh blearghhhh”.

Meanwhile, the bassist pumps up the jam, the glitter boy produces motorik Tom Verlaine riffs, the drummer beats relentlessly and in front of me, Tarra Thiessen moves in sensual ways while hitting a series of small rattling stuff, from a cowbell to metal shakers and lots of other pit-a-pat items in between.

Here’s an idea of the Gustaf vibe…

No excuses whatsoever to not purchase their debut LP via Bandcamp…


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GUSTAF: Facebook


All you need for a rattling party

(Live pics by Turn Up The Volume)

Love Shack Excitement – Go Ahead With GUSTAF And Their New Single ‘BOOK’

Daily electricity to load your batteries

30 July 2021


(photo by Felipe Torres)

Band: GUSTAF
Who: Formed in 2018, Brooklyn’s Gustaf have built a kind of buzz
that feels like it comes from a different era. The art punk 5 piece
rapidly established a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest
working… and most reliably fun bands”
FFO: Talking Heads, Television, LCD Soundsystem, Bodega

Pick: BOOK

About: “About the fallacy and fight of getting ahead vs being a head. It is
seeking validation in the wrong places and from the wrong people,” The hook,
“I got ahead, I got a head” is a fun little taunt that we find either being thrown
in our face or coming out our mouth. Everyone gets their moment up on the
pedestal and everyone gets their turn falling off of it. Whether it’s up or down,
‘Book’ is about accepting whatever level you’re on,
” says singer Lydia Gammil.

Turn Up The Volume: This is awesome. This is it. 4 flaming Amazons and
one boy with a head-spinning Strokes riff, vocal B-52‘s razzmatazz and sassy
riot grrl swagger upfront. Served with some early Parquet Courts jingle-jangle
jaggedness and what you get is 120 seconds of love shack excitement.

This is awesome. This is it.

Dance this mess around here…

Also on Spotify

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GUSTAF: Facebook