Gambler's share their indie pop in debut EP “Corinthian Order”

After honing their skills through a variety of production work and live show appearances, Brooklyn indie pop-rockers Gamblers have released the debut EP Corinthian Order (streaming below). The opening title track makes use of retro Farfisa-style keys, plucked electronic sounds and unadorned guitar arpeggios as a softly sung tale of breakup builds towards its do-do-do denouement. “We're Bound To Be Together” masquerades outwardly as a buoyant uptempo rocker with Strokes-style churning guitars and Beatles-eque harmonies. A dichotomy is revealed as those words of love are meant to reflect an addict's blissful state while on drugs. “Heavenly Mouse Routine” leans on its forward march beat, buzzy synth texture and staccato plucked guitar to approximate the repetitiveness that afflicts humanity. “There Was A Window” builds off the bands' hip-hop production roots with percussive underpinnings serving an otherwise lo-fi/slacker rock approach. Closing track “The Selfish Bell” initially rocks harder through its chunky drum beat, distorted electric guitars and snaking bass line; falsetto vocals depict scenarios of self-imposed limitations against an expanding, near prog-rock-like composition. The EP is available for ordering via itunes as well as streaming on spotify. - Dave Cromwell


Gamblers channel pure bliss on latest single, announce EP out on 09.07

Sometimes it can seem arbitrary what gets labeled as derivative and what gets labeled as simply inspired. Why does an indie rock band get called rip-offs while a similar group is deconstructing sounds and reinventing old ideas? Gamblers are the latest band to confront this question with their newest single “Corinthian Order” off their upcoming EP of the same name. Indebted to Wilco, the track features plinking percussion and a slight twang on the guitars as the breezy melodies and lush vocal harmonies shuffle together nonchalantly. The comparisons to the alt-country legends could have ended there, but what makes this reiteration so refreshing is the continuation of Wilco’s almost zen-like understanding of relationships. The laid back approach to miscommunication and realizing that time is the only cure for problems culminates with Beach Boys-esque vocals that coo and assure the world that everything’s all right. It’s an updated take on a classic sound, fusing indie-pop with sentiments that were mastered by previous generations of artists, and it’s what makes Gamblers’ newest song a delightful passing of the torch. The Corinthian Order EP will be out September 7. -Tucker Pennington