Gap Dream: “Generator”
What happens when you cross the DIY-ethic of the punk era with the almost obsessive compulsive attention to detail of the digital age? You get a generation of musicians that have the drive to go their own and the tools, talent and means to make it happen. You get fellas like Gabe Fulvimar and his bedroom, psych-rock project Gap Dream.
Fulvimar conjured Gap Dream on a laptop in his Cleveland home. He’s a veteran of the northeastern Ohio city’s music scene. He’s buddies with Akron’s own Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (Fulvimar actually played on The Black Keys’ first record The Big Come Up). He spent some time in New York before coming back home. He started building tracks with little more than his guitar, his laptop and some outboard gear you yourself could probably pick up at Guitar Center if you were so inclined. The result is anything but home-brewed. Rough around the edges, yes, but just enough to give it that woozy, fuzzy psych rock vibe.
California’s Burger Records liked it so much they scooped Fulvimar up and released a self-titled Gap Dream full-length digitally and (in true DIY fashion) on cassette. Earlier this month, Fulvimar issued via Suicide Squeeze Records called Ali Baba. The records A-Side, “Generator,” is today’s song of the day. The head-bobbing, mid-tempo rocker has just a hint of surf. There’s unmistakable, classic pop structure, but Fulvimar layers on the delicious reverb and fuzz. He also phases the stereo track, so headphone junkies’ll get a nice little treat on this one. The song is big proof of what a person can do these days if the mind is put to the task. DIY isn’t just an underground ethos anymore, it’s standard.