Gayngs sidled into our musical consciousness last year on the 69 BPM power of their debut "Relayted". This 23-member Midwest collective is made up of members of Bon Iver, The Rosebuds and Doomtree, among others. Gayngs is masterminded by Minneapolis-based producer Ryan Olson, who, among other things, shared with us his post-Coachella impressions of California. "The only thing I noticed," Olson says, "is that everyone is more gorgeous and more naked."
Gayngs plays First Fridays at the Natural History Museum on June 3rd.
Gayngs of Coachella: It was incredibly hot. Festivals are usually the worst place to see bands, but Coachella is magic when the sun goes down and you're not just wandering around trying to find water. At Coachella you can watch from anywhere and it sounds amazing. Duran Duran was my favorite. Those guys were tight.
Kanye and Friends: It's crazy to see Kanye West get his a** kicked by my friend [Gayngs and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon] onstage. Knowing how thrown together Kanye's show was, it was amazing to see them actually pull it off. They didn't have much rehearsal time, so I was expecting more of a sh** show. I thought it was a really good set, but it's bizarre to see a friend of mine in the middle of it. He seems like he really fits in there. It was great to see. It's an insane system of gears moving around them.
When in LA: I spend most of my time in studios. I went to Venice Beach for the first time, and it was like playing a level of "California Games" on Nintendo. The food in California is out of control. It tastes so much better; it's not even close to fair. Even your $2 taco stands have the best tacos I've ever eaten. I just discovered Korean BBQ too. That's where I like to be in LA, eating.
Growing Gayngs: Gayngs is definitely bigger than I thought it would be. It wasn't even supposed to be a band. We hadn't planned on playing shows at all. We got the studio thing done and then had the opportunity to play together. We were supposed to do one show and then we got asked to tour. We couldn't bring 23 people on the road, so we had to figure out a way to do it with less than that. It's way out of control; it was not the plan.
End of Gayngs: I don't plan on doing this past this year, so I know for a fact that this will be the only show we play in Los Angeles. If people want to see Gayngs, they should come out. This will probably be our last time on the west coast.
Friday, June 3, 8pm
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Boulevard, at South Vermont Avenue, (213-763-3466 or nhm.org)