Bon Iver, Megafaun, P.O.S, Solid Gold prepare to debut supergroup recording project, Gayngs

Gayngs artwork by Michael Gaughan, click for larger image
Over 25 local and regional musicians have teamed up to create a record under the moniker Gayngs, and the lineup is a who's who of indie rock fame that already has bloggers in the area salivating over the upcoming release. Conceived by producer Ryan Olson (Digitata, Mel Gibson and the Pants) and Solid Gold's Zach Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, the debut record by Gayngs features members of Bon Iver, Megafaun, and the Rosebuds, as well as locals like Lookbook, P.O.S., Dessa, and Channy Moon-Caselle of Roma di Luna.

The Gayngs project, Relayted, drops May 11 as a digital download, on CD, and as a double vinyl package, and the release will be celebrated with a pair of shows at First Avenue on May 14 (one all ages and one 21+). Though the list of musicians might suggest a collaboration of epic rock porportions, the songs on Relayted will be a surprise to fans of any of its participants -- this isn't indie rock, or hip-hop, or folk, or anything remotely current. Gayngs is a throwback smooth rock band conceived out of a shared love of adult contemporary radio and cheesy-ass pop.

"We just wanted to start playing some soft rock music," says Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson, who oversaw the whole recording process. "I'd been listening to a shitload of 10cc, and I was just like, yeah, I want to do something like this. Zach [Coulter]'s always had just a crazy awesome voice... We came up with a band name, and then the Friday after that Zach came over to my house and wrote what would be 'The Gaudy Side of Town,' the first song."

Soon after they started writing songs, Olson knew he needed to call on a few of his friends from his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin to help him track vocals and backing instrumentals. Olson invited Megafaun members Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, and Phil Cook to record, and before he knew it the recording project had shifted its headquarters to the home of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who wanted to contribute vocals and mix the record.

Slowly, more and more musicians from Minnesota and Wisconsin became involved in the project, as friends would stop by Vernon's home to track their contributions over the course of last summer.

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