In this Creator Conversation, we hear from the loud, melodic band from Oklahoma City, Gum, as they talk about their latest album, When the Water Hits the Moon. Answering this week’s questions are Joe Bello, Levi Bello, Sam Bray, and John Baber.
How do you describe yourself and your music?
John: That’s tough – thoughtful but also loose, maybe.
What pushed you to share your music with the world?
John: We love making it, and we’ve always thought we could do something good if we stuck to it (while trying to stay objective, of course).
Use only seven words to describe your album, When the Water Hits the Moon?
John: melodic, spacious, rhythmic, harmonies, cool guitars, strings
What was the greatest challenge you had when making the album?
LEVI: knowing when to stop at the right time. We try to be very choosy about what stays.
What’s something positive you try to keep in mind when negativity surrounds you?
John: There’s always something else to do.
What makes your eyes tired in Oklahoma?
JOHN AND JOE: Tornadoes, Mary Fallin, other local anti-choice types.
What happens when water hits the moon?
John: We’re not sure yet! Maybe something dramatic. That’s kind of the mood that lyric is supposed to be putting across in the song.
What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?
John: 51st St. Speakeasy in Oklahoma City and Opolis in Norman and Tower Theatre are all favorites for both. Mercury Lounge in Tulsa is really good, too, when we’re in Tulsa.
What else would you like people to know about yourself and your music?
LEVI: People should listen to it and make a decision about it themselves!