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The Gay: Beginnings
The Gay was formed in the summer of 2001 when Coco Culbertson (bass) asked some of her favourite musicians to form a supergroup. Having spent time playing with such Vancouver folks as Bif Naked and Holly McNarland this was one lady who knew exactly what she wanted. First to be approached was Maija Martin (accordian), her partner-in-crime from Mint recording artists The Tennnessee Twin.Ý Maija can also be heard in the double-squeezebox powerhouse duo I, Mudder Accordian.Ý Next to get Coco's nod was Tobey Black (guitar), firebrand leader of former cow-punk legends Maow, who was looking for a more appropriate vehicle for her new, more sensitive songs.Ý
The fourth shoulder tapped was that of singer-songwriter Sara Lapsley (keyboards) from the irresistibly catchy Vancouver Nights and former leader of the always incendiary Kreviss.Ý Last but, of course, not least was Keith Parry (drums) the rhythmic magician behind prog-grunge geniuses Superconductor who was also looking for a project to showcase his love for more orchestrated rock.
Indeed listening to The Gay evokes memories of the great vocal-based bands of the '70s Fleetwood Mac and Heart come immediately to mind ? but why the high-school-sounding moniker?Ý "We're already sick of talking about the name," snaps Tobey.Ý Keith is even less diplomatic: "If you don't like it, fuck you, lady."Ý Indeed.
Back from their inaugural tour of Western Canada with the New Pornographers, The Gay present their debut release, a three-song gem of Partridge Family fun that is the perfect pre-album sampler for you! Because the band is indeed in the studio recording its debut album -- for release late 2003!