It was pretty special to sit down with Fraser A. Gorman before the show at The Sunset, a gentleman whose record I absolutely fell in love with. He’s pretty new over here in the states, and Seattle was only the bands second stop after opening the tour in LA.
It’s Fraser…like Razor with an F…and without the little dog
We got to the important things first…like his name. First off it’s Fraser like Razor with an F at the front of it. Fraser gave a hilarious impersonation of an American saying his name, I can’t do it justice, but think strong nasal inflection and the T.V. show. Naturally being in Seattle we got to the topic of the popular sitcom Fraser which took place in the city. Fraser busted out an Instagram post of a rad vintage t-shirt he’d gotten earlier that day and was rocking on the streets. “I bought the t-shirt, and I was going to wear it tonight, but then I thought it might be a little bit cheeky.”
I opened what I know would be cliché, that I know he likely gets asked all the time “I do get compared to Dylan a lot, even since I was 13 or 14, ‘you look like Dylan’, but I don’t really care because I like his music so much. He was huge (influence), one of the first CDs I bought was Live at Albert Hall, the ‘Judas’ yell from the crowd and it was one of his first electric shows. I remember when I first heard that, and I had the packaging and stuff, and I was like whoa this is the most nuts stuff I’ve ever seen. I got into it because of that.”
“I kind of thought that SouthBy was kind of like heaven and hell at the same time. It’s everything I want in one place times 10…parties, bands….so it’s so fun, but hectic. You get a bit of a daunting, a lot of bands that go to SouthBy have this Reykjavik desperateness, and it’s got this awful taste about it too. A lot of bands from overseas look at SouthBy like it’s their chance, their one shot, and they spend all this money to get over there, and the reality of it’s probably not that true, all the delegates that go there already know who they’re going to go see anyway, so the blogs that kind of run industry. For me it was cool, it was very low costing, I just went solo, and hanging around with Courtney Barnett who was the most buzzed band of the whole thing. I just got to hang around and not have to put that many of my cards on the table.” He cleared up my curiosity and misconception that her song ‘Depreston’ was a play on depressing old Preston, WA but funny enough “she’s from Melbourne too, and it’s about a suburb in Melbourne called Preston that’s depressing too”
“It was a really long and drawn out thing. I guess I started recording ‘Slow Gum’ maybe a year or more ago, and I knew the record I wanted to make, I was trying to figure out how I was going to put it out. By the time it came out, I had the team that I wanted to work with, the band I wanted to play with, and that sort of thing, and it all kind of sorted out. I was glad that I took my time because it allowed me to sort out my shit; it didn’t go nuts, but I got signed to a UK label, and it allowed me to spread my music a lot further than I would have been able to do. I don’t know what it sounds like to you, but I wanted to make a sunny 70’s sunny laid back kind of record, that kind of has a Nashville Skyline crossed with Transformer feel, but with maintaining an Aussie lyrical approach to it. Kind of sounds old but new at the same time.”
“I actually called it ‘Slow Gum’ for a few reasons. I wanted to have the word slow in it because it took so long to come out, and I also wanted to mention the fact that I stutter when I talk. So slow gum, like you got gum in your mouth, and also in Australia there are gum trees. I don’t stutter when I sing so it’s a weird kinda thing. Maybe that’s a subconscious reason why I really like playing music, but I’m not too sure, it just is what it is.”