GUM announces Australian headline tour for 2023

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GUM announces Australian headline tour for 2023

Renowned for his roles within Tame Impala and POND, Jay Watson ensures he is constantly challenging himself with the learning journey that is GUM.

Multi-instrumentalist and perhaps one of the hardest-working artists around, GUM (aka Jay Watson) has somehow found the time to write and record a fresh collection of solo tracks for the first time since 2020. The newest release “Race to the Air” soars into view like a gigantic interplanetary craft, it takes in a sparkling vista of cosmic disco – all robo grooves and quivering strings.

In celebration of the new music, GUM will be heading around the country on a rare Australian tour with his band, heading up Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in September, before heading overseas to play a string of dates across the US in October.

GUM Australian Tour 2023

Friday 8 September
Freo.Social – Perth, WA

Thursday 14 September
The Brightside – Brisbane, QLD

Friday 15 September
Oxford Art Factory – Sydney, NSW

Saturday 16 September
The Night Cat – Melbourne, VIC

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Of the new track GUM says; “Race to the Air was originally called Running to the Cure. I have this memory of going to the toilet at Glastonbury and The Cure started their set by playing Plainsong, which is my favourite Cure song, so I was running from the portaloo to the stage. I couldn’t call a song Running to the Cure after COVID though, I didn’t want people to think I was making an album about the pandemic!”

Last month, GUM released two tracks with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s Ambrose Kenny-Smith for Record Store Day. “Minor Setback” and “Old Transistor Radio” have been getting spin after spin on stations across the US, clocking up the streams and receiving serious love from tastemaker outlets around the globe.

Since 2014, GUM has gifted us five studio albums, somehow finding time between his commitments with Pond and Tame Impala. Watson’s restless imagination has treated us to some of the most sonically diverse explorations of the past decade and has seen him take the stage as a special guest for Mac DeMarco, Mini Mansions and Angel Olsen, in addition to sold-out shows in Australia and packed rooms across Europe, the UK and USA.

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