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Approximately half of Gayngs touring for the release of Affiliyated onstage at First Avenue in Minneapolis in 2011
Approximately half of Gayngs touring for the release of Affiliyated onstage at First Avenue in Minneapolis in 2011
Background information
OriginMinneapolis, Minnesota
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
GenresIndie rock, soft rock
Years active2010–present
MembersRyan Olson
Justin Vernon
Mike Noyce
Har Mar Superstar
Channy Leaneagh
Michael Lewis
Ivan Howard
Joe Westerlund
Brad Cook
Phil Cook
Zack Coulter
Adam Hurlburt
Shön Troth
Maggie Morrison
Grant Cutler
James Buckley
Jake Luck
Nick Ryan
Katy Morley
Danny Krzykowski

Gayngs is a Midwest indie band with a 1980s soft rock-inspired sound. Founded by Ryan Olson, the group consists of 22 musicians, including Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Dessa and P.O.S of Doomtree, Har Mar Superstar and members of Poliça, Megafaun, Solid Gold, Digitata, and The Rosebuds.


Their first album, Relayted, was released by Jagjaguwar and garnered positive reviews for its unique vocal stylings and retro-but-contemporary sound. It has been described as walking the "line between schmaltz and sincerity, between parody and earnestness."[1] The songs, inspired by 10cc's "I'm Not In Love", were written at 69 BPM and recorded over the course of a year. The Guardian called the album "a triumph" and listed it as "the album of the year".[2] The A.V. Club gave the album B+.[3]

In May 2010, Gayngs staged a prom-themed release party for their song "The Last Prom on Earth" at First Avenue in Minneapolis.[4] Prince watched the show from the side stage and appears in the music video for "The Last Prom on Earth".[5]

The band played a ten-show tour in September and October 2010, scheduled to culminate with a performance at Austin City Limits. However, due to a misunderstanding with the rental company providing their tour bus, their equipment was taken back to Nashville in the early morning of October 10, 2010. This forced them to cancel what Justin Vernon referred to as "possibly our last show ever."[6][7] On October 4, they were featured as the musical guests on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[8] On April 15, 2011 the band played a late-night set in the Mojave Tent on the opening night of Coachella.[9]

On March 4, 2011 Doomtree released a free 7-track remix EP, entitled Affiliyated. Among the artists involved were Cecil Otter, Sims, Paper Tiger, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, and Lazerbeak.[10][11]

Their songs "The Gaudy Side of Town" and "The Walker" were featured on the soundtrack album for the 2012 film The Comedy, starring Tim Heidecker.[12]

On May 14, 2020, after over nine years of silence, the band released the single "Appeayl 2 U" via Bandcamp.[13]



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  1. ^ Meatto, Keith (October 18, 2010). "Gayngs – Blessed Are The Cheese Makers". Frontier Psychiatrist.
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (March 30, 2010). "New band of the day – No 757: Gayngs". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Hyden, Steven (May 11, 2010). "Gayngs: Relayted". The A.V. Club. The Onion.
  4. ^ Dombalon, Ryan (September 15, 2010). "Prince Guest Stars in New Gayngs Video (Kinda)". Pitchfork Media.
  5. ^ Swensson, Andrea. "That time Prince almost played with Gayngs at First Avenue". Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  6. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (October 11, 2010). "Gayngs' bus finally shows up -- in Nashville". Star Tribune. Archived from the original on 2011-09-04.
  7. ^ Breihanon, Tom (May 24, 2011). "Gayngs Win Lawsuit Against Tour Bus Company". Pitchfork Media.
  8. ^ Studarus, Laura (September 16, 2010). "Gayngs Set to (Slowly) Rock U.S., Jimmy Fallon". Under The Radar.
  9. ^ "Coachella". Archived from the original on January 24, 2011.
  10. ^ Singh, Amrit (March 4, 2011). "Download Gayngs Remix EP". Stereogum.
  11. ^ Riemenschneider, Chris (March 7, 2011). "Gayngs + Doomtree = "Affilyated" EP". Star Tribune.
  12. ^ Minskeron, Evan (September 27, 2012). "Tim Heidecker/James Murphy Movie The Comedy Soundtrack Features William Basinski, Gayngs, More". Pitchfork Media.
  13. ^ Rettig, James (May 14, 2020). "Gayngs Share First New Song In Almost A Decade: Listen - Stereogum". Stereogum.

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