Today Gum Country give us another glimpse into their debut record with new single, “Tennis (I Feel Ok)”. The earwormy track is what guitarist and songwriter Courtney Garvin (The Courtneys) explains as her ode to her love of tennis. She continues, “Kinda goofy, but in all honesty my relationship with tennis is so meaningful to me on a spiritual level. It’s my meditation practice. The game makes you present, you’re repeating movements, and finding a rhythm. And it’s so creative. I think all athletes are artists. Plus you get to be outside, getting exercise, hanging with friends and all of those things are so good for you. So the song is pretty much about how tennis just makes my life better. I love tennis. If anyone reading this wants to play (after the pandemic) please hit me up.”
Gum Country is Coutney Garvin and Connor Mayer. Their self-described “harsh twee” project began back in Vancouver as a series of lo-fi four track recordings made in an apartment, very quietly. After relocating to LA where they currently reside, the pair recorded their debut full-length album Somewhere with Joo-Joo Ashworth at Studio 22, this time at full volume.
The songs on Somewhere meander through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to tennis, video games, and gardening. Garvin navigates these topics with humor and sincerity, her unassuming delivery riding amidst the swirling instrumentals like a snowboarder shredding fresh pow.
Somewhere will be self-released digitally on June 19 and on vinyl by Kingfisher Bluez (CA), cassette via Burger Records (USA), Dinosaur City Records (AUS/NZ) plus CD via Waterslide Records (JP). Pre-order it here.