Formed in 2018, Brooklyn’s Gustaf has built a kind of buzz that feels like it comes from a different era. The art-punk 5 piece are yet to release any recorded music, but rapidly established a reputation as one of New York’s “hardest working…and most reliably fun bands” (BrooklynVegan), and excitement about their danceable, ESG-inspired post-punk has expanded outside of their city with remarkable effect despite their scant online presence.
The band has found early champions in all quarters, catching the attention of luminaries like Beck - who saw them perform at a secret loft party he played around the release of his latest album - the New York no-wave legend James Chance, and have shared stages with buzzing indie acts like Omni, Tropical Fuck Storm, Dehd and Bodega, while word of mouth led to sell-out shows when they played their first LA headline dates in late 2019.
While recent events have curtailed Gustaf’s live schedule, the band has remained relentless as ever in 2020, and recently entered the studio with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, TV On The Radio). Gustaf’s first official record, a 7 inch entitled ‘Mine,’ was released December 4, 2020 via Royal Mountain Records (US Girls, Wolf Parade, Pottery). ‘Mine’ immediately garnered attention, getting added to regular rotation at BBC 6, as well as features in The NME 100: Essential Emerging Artists for 2021 and NPR’s Slingshot’s 2021 Artists to Watch.