Gustaf – Best Behavior

Brooklyn art-punk group Gustaf, share their latest track ‘Best Behavior’, from their debut album “Audio Drag For Ego Slobs”.

Credit: Felippe Torres

With an extensive cross-Atlantic tour set to begin on the release of their debut LP; the Brooklyn group’s quick turnaround from hotly-tipped newcomers to touring their debut album the following year is unfathomably impressive.

On their latest track, the Brooklyn five-piece continue to demonstrate their enticing take on Brooklyn art-punk, with choppy, spring-loaded guitar riffs shifting in and out between a looping synth hook and a constant bass line. Lead by vocalist Lydia Gammill, who directs the wildly shifting energy of ‘Best Behavior’  into becoming a definitive display of art-punk, Gustaf continuously shed new light on the ever-expanding vernacular of the creative experimentation from the Brooklyn music scene.

Speaking at length about the track, Lydia Gammill explains: “Best Behavior” was fun to record because it was one of the first songs we finished/crafted in the studio rather than onstage. It started out as a demo we had in the early days of the band but never ended up playing live. It sat forgotten until we began planning the record and came together pretty effortlessly in the studio.” She continues, “Unlike the bulk of the album that we developed over the course of many live shows, it was exciting to be making decisions and constructing the final song as it was happening. It also helped us get our footing and identify how we wanted to steer and produce the remaining recordings.

The song’s ethos is a bit of the old and the new attitude for Gustaf. Our narrator, the ‘ego slob’, is bargaining with itself, scrounging for self-compassion and self-assurance despite a pile of hurt feelings in its wake. In demanding spoils despite having done nothing to earn them, we see the initial cracks in a brutish facade— our antihero slowly realizing maybe the shell they built for themselves was not built for the world.

Gustaf’s debut LP “Audio Drag For Ego Slobs’, is out October 1st on Royal Mountain Records.

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