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MUSIC REVIEW: I'M DEPRESSED by GUMMI BAKO

Let's face it, without the odd dose of depression most songwriters wouldn’t have produced half of their output. Here, Gummi seems to have the bakery-related blues ("too much hot-cross loving"), but then things take an abrupt turn for the positive as he sings "I wanna go ballooning, right up past the Moon and Mars, and get lost amongst a million billion trillion, zillion super-shiny shooting stars" and you realise he has the ability to free himself from adversity through sheer, glorious absurdity.

Milo McLaughlin, The Skinny

MUSIC REVIEW: NKD1 SPLIT SINGLE by GUMMI BAKO / COME IN TOKYO

These two bands have previously spent time under the Fence Collective umbrella prior to releasing this joint single on new Anstruther label Nekkid Records. Gummi Bako's "Dope On a Rope" is infectious alt-country with a highly-developed sense of fun and vocals that sound at times to be attempting to become a human banjo. Built around a simple, repetitive tune, this is catchiness of the order that is pointless trying to resist. Come in Tokyo's "I Won't Want You" has a faster, sparse punk sound with prominent drums and boy/girl singing most obviously reminiscent of White Stripes.

Lorraine Douglas, Is This Music?

LIVE REVIEW: GUMMI BAKO @ Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh - 20th May 2006

I make the schoolboy error of taking Gummi Bako seriously during their opening song - a dark Johnny Cash ballad - until Alan Stewart's voice jumps an octave and sounds like he's been guzzling helium. From then on, it's a hoe-down rockabilly riot of cartoon voices, squeals and growls, Chet Atkins guitar licks and propulsive, skiffle drums from the sweat-drenched sticksman who is 1950s Americana incarnate - brown bowling shirt, greased hair and black rimmed specs. Exuberant, gleefully insane alt-country.

Iain Radcliffe, The Skinny

LIVE REVIEW: GUMMI BAKO @ The Swamp, Caledonian Backpackers, Edinburgh - 18th March 2006

Gummi Bako, are, put simply, a country rock revelation. They're a Fence band - their leader Alan is along with King Creosote and Pictish Trail one of the sainted three founders - and as you might expect is an affable chap, thanking everyone for coming to their soundcheck, and delivering with his motley crew a slew of Americana-tinged songs of great humour including one for anyone who's ever fallen for a "hybrid". Alan has the appearance of a Quaker Open University lecturer, all shaven head and bushy beard, while his voice is comical at times, clearly gaining its tone from a pre-show bourbon / helium gargle, and the whole scenario leads to some bewildered double-takes from those arriving during the set.

Stuart McHugh, Is This Music?

LIVE REVIEW: GUMMI BAKO @ HOMEGAME 2 - April 2005

If Super Shitbox rip up the Fence Collective's folk tag and set fire to the pieces on the Saturday, another band, Gummi Bako, proceed to jump up and down on the ashes at the same venue on the Sunday. Imagine Yosemite Sam trying to out-holler Screamin' Jay Hawkins and you're about half-way to appreciating the sheer vocal power of their frontman, Alan Stewart.

Roger Cox, The Scotsman

MUSIC REVIEW: FENCE REUNITED by THE FENCE COLLECTIVE

Proof that Fife's what you make it. Maybe they were lonely, or seeking sympathetic ears, but it's good they found each other. For while the distinctions between the hallucinogenic 'Floating' by The Pictish Trail & Beth and the West Coast sunburn of 'I Believe It's True' by Pip Dylan are crystal clear, the warmth of these warped alt.folk artists is as comforting as your favourite jeans. The homespun qualities on this label showcase may wander into whimsical self-indulgence on 'Nobody Knows / The Last Man Standing' by HMS Ginafore, but overall it's beautiful. Highlights include King Creosote's plaintive 'Friday Night In New York' and 'Well Hung Up' by Gummi Bako, as the squeeky guitars and wheezing accordions all melt into a gentle, honest labour of loveliness. 7/10

Tim Wild, NME

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