STEP ON…

‘Gum’ by THE CUSP

Artwork by Hugo Bernier

Discovering a new track that instantly bonds you to a band is a magical thing, it’s more powerful than religion (to me). That’s what happened on a Saturday morning in 2016 when I first heard ‘No More Cryin’ by The Molochs, and for a good few years, I played them A LOT! I managed to see the band in Barcelona (Primavera Sound 2017) and Austin (SXSW 2018) and two shows in Glasgow’s Nice n’ Sleazy put on by Freakender of course. Their Innovative Leisure albums ‘America’s Velvet Glory‘ (2017) and ‘Flowers in the Spring‘ (2018) covered 60’s infused R&B and psych to UK baggy era indie with Flying Nun-esque charm.

Fast forward to 2020: a world upside down and creative confusion permeating the veins of artists of every ilk. What I’m I doing? Why I’m I doing this? What do I really I want to do? Where I’m I going? This existential crisis hit us all, but some of us dealt with it better than others. For The Molochs Lucas Fitzsimons, the realisation that his band weren’t cutting it for him anymore was tough, and with and feeling of being trapped in their style, he dissolved the group to grasp his vision and sound. THE CUSP is that vision.

‘Gum’ is the debut single from THE CUSP and it’s a street walking groove you can roam around the hood listening to on repeat. The track kicks off with crunky, acid house, P Funk, post punk and off kilter DIY noodling before Lucas’s druggy drawl arrives with a beatnik-mantra-esque chorus “We don’t like to function, we’re all young and able, we’re all but forgotten like the gum under the table”. All the classic 808 drum machine functions are cued up on point, bringing a fresh take on the hedonistic baggy sound of the Hacienda. Step on to THE CUSP and get your vibe back!

Out on Feb 2nd 2021 via Day End, “Gum” is THE CUSP’s debut release. Check it out below and support the artist if you can.

What led Lucas down this road? Chew on the Gum in this Spotify playlist…