We are re-releasing our 2006 album Ganging Up on the Sun as an expanded 24-song digital album extravaganza, complete with all the b-side recordings from the sessions, demo versions of songs, and more. This album came out 15 years ago and we consider it a “holder-upper."
To show we’re serious we are releasing the song "Emily Ivory" today. This was a song that we probably spent a full month recording in 2005. Self-producing for the first time ever, with new band member Joe Pisapia at the helm, we considered "Emily Ivory" to be the secret weapon on this album. Ryan was playing melodic chords on the bass guitar (kind of like he did on the intro to “Diane”) and we made a groovy conga-heavy pop song out of it. Tyler Stewart of BNL heard it and proclaimed it his favorite Guster song! And yet, the band soured on it and it didn’t make it on to GUOTS.
I still remember the last day in the studio, forcing Ryan to sing my lyrics even though I knew they were off. It was like pulling teeth. The writing was on the wall that this beast of a track had lost its luster for Guster. It’s taken 15 full years for us to feel comfortable sharing this song with you.
So enjoy “Emily Ivory." Engulf yourself in a peppy all-instrumental jam we named “Sorority Tears” before we nix’d it. Check out our cover of Daniel Johnston’s “The Sun Shines Down on Me” and Dylan’s “This Wheel’s On Fire” — there’s a lot to dig into with the re-release when it comes out June, 4th 2021.
You can pre-save the album today on Spotify and Apple Music.
Before he passed away, Dave Yonkman created a short film with us in August 2020, documenting our band’s reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s called Things Come Around and while it was meant to capture the emotions of a band on a strange and unexpected hiatus, the story has instead become this: The final work of a young filmmaker who told the Guster story better than anyone else.
We premiered it in front of our fans on Wednesday March 24th and you can watch it now on YouTube.
Our first album, Parachute, is finally here on vinyl, you guys!
27 years after it first came out on CD - when we were still named “Gus.” Better late than never. The green-splatter vinyl is limited to 1,000 copies. We've also got a standard green available in the store!
YOU GUYS, we’re doing a thing. It’s gonna be really fun!
For the holidays you now have access to the individual members of Guster - you dream up a creative assignment - and maybe we’ll do it. Could be a video dedication, could be something wild and creative...
We’re doing this to support the band and hopefully boost spirits for some people out there who could use a lift in 2020.
We know many of you, like us, haven’t been working during the pandemic. So this is not Cameo. You name your own price. You create the task. And you *wish* for the best, because we’ll work our butts off to fulfill a lotta dreams but we make no guarantees.
Hurry please! We need a break from our children.
Submit your wish here.
Guster's sixth full length album, Easy Wonderful, turns 10 on Monday!
Join Adam, Brian and Ryan as they celebrate with a live stream. They'll be watching every Easy Wonderful music video, talking about the album and answering your questions. The live stream starts at 5PM Eastern on Monday October 5th on the Guster Facebook page. Get a sneak preview of the videos here.
This may not come as much of a surprise, but we’ve decided to cancel the remaining dates of the winter acoustic improv tour. We were hoping to reschedule the shows for spring 2021, but that doesn’t seem possible.
People who purchased tickets from the venue and official ticketing platforms will either receive automatic refunds or instructions in how to initiate a refund. Feel free to reach out to your original point of purchase if you haven't heard anything in the next few days.
We'd like to bring the acoustic improv tour to the east coast some day, but are going to wait until it’s safe.
P.S. The August 15th drive-in concerts in New Hampshire are still happening.
In February 2019 we played a show with the Omaha Symphony. Playing with symphonies is always a thrill, but this night was special - an unexpected perfect storm of emotion, performance, and room energy. Band members were openly weeping on stage (maybe just the drummer) and the music felt transcendent. At the end of the night, we took a collective unironic bow to a standing ovation, walked backstage, looked at each other and asked, “What the hell just happened!?”
We feel a lot of pride to have a live record that we made 27 years into our career, that we sung and played so well. With much thanks to our fans and the incredible members of the Omaha Symphony, who were also so eager for us to share the music from this special night.
We can’t tour right now, but we can still send a Guster message far and wide. We made these simple t-shirts with one of our most relevant lyrics on it. Ryan Miller, who wrote the lyric, scribbled “Be Calm - Be Brave - It’ll Be Okay” with a magic marker, and this is what we got. They’re $20 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Direct Relief and their efforts to get needed equipment to American healthcare organizations.
Many of you have been asking how you can support Guster while we cannot tour. This is one way you can support us, and the world. We can’t think of a better message to broadcast right now.
Unfortunately, we will be postponing the rest of our Acoustic Improv Tour, including tomorrow night in Bloomington and Saturday in Cincinnati.
Rest assured that all of the remaining shows will be re-scheduled and all tickets will be honored. Please stay tuned for details. If you have any immediate questions, please e-mail email@example.com
It’s heartbreaking, because the shows were very uplifting. We felt we were providing audiences a refreshing break from the realities of the outside world.
Cities and venues decided large gatherings were untenable in the current environment. And for the safety of our crew and our fans and the community we’ve built, today we have to make this tough decision.
Take care of one another and we will see you out there sooner than later.
With love and gratitude,
It was 15 years ago that Keith Lockhart and the Boston Symphony Orchestra took a chance and invited Guster to perform at their symphony hall in Boston. It went really well! And it led to many other symphony shows in Denver, Dallas, Vermont, Oregon, and a night with the Omaha Symphony a year ago that was perhaps the Greatest Guster Show of All Time. Now, we're bringing it back to where it all started
ACOUSTIC! COMEDY! STRINGS! IMPROV!
Presale starts tomorrow (12/4) at 12PM local time with code: ACOUSTIC
Tickets & info available down below in the tour dates section.
For the first time in over 7 years we're putting together intimate evenings of Guster acoustic + strings with improv comedy at some of our favorite seated venues across the country. Expect us to dig deep into the Guster catalogue and discover songs we don’t usually play at our big rock shows. Expect violins and cellos. Maybe some nights we make up an album on stage. There are no rules on the 2020 Guster Acoustic Tour.
Connor Ratliff from the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre will be joining us on the road to run the comedy show and helping us get weird while doing double duty of bringing out special guests at each stop. As is the nature of improv (and special guests), each show will be unique. 2020 is going to be a lot of fun, and we can't wait to mix up our Guster shows to create something new out of something old with you all.
Let us know what shows you're going to down in the comments! We like to know these things.
"Overexcited" has gone internacional! We recruited some friends to create 7 different versions including a Canadian version featuring Tyler from Barenaked Ladies to a Japanese version with Kishi Bashi. Listen to all seven on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube or wherever you get your music.
We're not going to pretend that “Overexcited” is an emblem for world peace. It’s a ridiculous song about a horny person -- but there’s something sweet about how easy it was to get international friends on board. Music really does transcends boundaries.