Most great rock music these days comes out of Great Britain, it seems to me. Not that I’m complaining. I’ve always preferred the British way of rocking out, and these Bristol guys do it right. The trio go by GuMM, and though I have no clue as to why they chose that name, I found an hilarious 2005 website while Google-searching the name that is dedicated to “Gumm” being one of the worst band names ever. Seeing as it’s seven years old, I doubt it’s referring to this band, although perhaps they’ve seen it at some point.
Anyway, the band describe themselves as “GARAGE/GAZE,” and that combination of the prefix from “garage rock” and the suffix from “shoegaze” fits the band to a T. ”Lionheart” is a brash barrage, a clamor of noise that reveals a melodic and slightly punkish core when via Arthur Jay’s vocals; imagine Sonic Youth covering The Clash, and you might be somewhere close. With every listen I like the song more. Listen below.
Stream: GuMM – “Lionheart”