The art-punk 5 piece band Gustaf rapidly established a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working…and most reliably fun bands”. And wow, they are really fun to listen to. Their latest single ‘Book’ is a song that we couldn’t say no to. Firstly, it’s all about that women’s power, although there is one male member in a band (sorry!), there is never enough art showing a real feminine power! Secondly, the ska-punk vibe is something we miss just as much as we missed rock music a few months back. And the last but not least – brilliant lyricism.
Of the track Gustaf’s Lydia Gammil says:
‘Book’ is a song 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.
Gustaf began to introduce themselves at the end of last year when their debut single “Mine” was A-listed on BBC 6 Music. Their incendiary live shows have made fans out of luminaries like Beck and no-wave legend James Chance, and they were picked out as Ones To Watch for 2021 by both NPR and NME.