GUMM by William Johnson
GUMM by William Johnson
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“Slogan Machine” – GUMM unveil 22-minute blend of primal hardcore, unhinged punk, and post-hardcore

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Gumm, the Chattanoogabased group, has launched their first full-length record, “Slogan Machine,” under the banner of Convulse Records. This intriguing pack, known for their captivating concoction of unrestrained punk, innovative post-hardcore, and electrifying hardcore rhythm, is certainly bound to attract those with a taste for hard-hitting music.

Noteworthy early releases like “Free” and the eponymous track ‘Slogan Machine‘ garnered noteworthy attention, attracting listeners from Stereogum, BrooklynVegan, The Alternative, and beyond. Now, ‘Slogan Machine‘ is ready for a full-length experience. The sound of Gumm – marked by inventive guitar work, intensive drums, and the intense vocal delivery of Drew Waldon – collectively present one of the more compelling new hardcore albums this year.

You can delve into ‘Slogan Machine‘ via Bandcamp and Spotify, or secure your copy directly from Convulse Records.

GUMM band

Having been on the scene since 2018, Gumm has consistently been producing promising EPs. ‘Slogan Machine‘ represents the pinnacle of their creative journey to date. With the record’s eight tracks, meticulously crafted by Jarrod Gee, listeners will experience a blend of innovative riffs and deep basslines – all serving as a strong platform for Waldon’s impactful lyricism.

Waldon expounds, “There appears to be a general absence of self-awareness and empathy these days when it comes to diverse views and principles… The most vociferous among us typically resort to snappy, digestible catchphrases and slogans to volley at each other, as opposed to exerting the effort required to effect genuine change.” Yet, despite the underlying exasperation permeating ‘Slogan Machine’, an undercurrent of optimism remains – a longing for something more substantial. Balancing visceral intensity and resolve, the album strikes a deep chord, resonating with the inextinguishable human connection, despite those in power seeking to exploit societal discord and division.

Gumm is set to embark on a spring tour to support ‘Slogan Machine’, featuring performances alongside Drain, Drug Church, 7Seconds, and others. See the detailed schedule below.

6/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad *
6/21 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile *
6/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory *
6/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater *
6/24 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
7/21 – Washington DC @ Black Cat ^

* w/ Drain, Drug Church, Magnitude
^ w/ 7Seconds, One Step Closer



Gumm’s debut albumSlogan Machine” champions originality and defies easy categorization. Comprised of vocalist Drew Waldon, bassist Philip Amos, drummer Harrison Battles, and guitarists Dylan Mikres and Trevor Lynch, this Chattanooga-based band delivers a potent mix of primal hardcore, untamed punk, and imaginative post-hardcore.

With eight tracks clocking in at 22 minutes, “Slogan Machine” surprises listeners with its aggressive yet melodious blend. Waldon’s potent vocals and insightful lyrics critically engage with the current socio-political climate, advocating for empathy and understanding over oversimplified discourse.

Despite its frustration and fury, the album embraces an undercurrent of optimism and desire for a unified world. While it acknowledges the absence of clear-cut answers, Gumm encourages a shared exploration of the unknown.


Karol Kamiński

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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