Multi-instrumentalist and all round nice guy, Jay Watson is a wearer of many hats. A member of both Tame Impala and Pond, he’s better known to friends and loved ones as Gumby or Gum.
Whilst being pretty darn busy, Gum has managed to find the time to write and record his debut solo album Delorean Highway, a collection of 10 songs, described as “paranoid pop songs, mostly about falling in love and all of the things that he thinks are going to kill him”. Available on iTunes now.
Download "Misunderstanding" (a cover of a the 1980’s Genesis hit) for free here.
Reflecting on his choice of song, Gum says "I first heard 'Misunderstanding' at 40,000 feet watching your run-of-the-mill crappy rock documentary on Genesis or Phil Collins, or both, I can't remember. It was the period when they turned from a very English prog band into a very commercial pop band. I only heard a 10 second snippet of it, and had to keep rewinding and listening to it over and over again to try and hear the words, in order to Google it later. Anyways, maybe it was just the fact that I always cry on airplanes, but something made that song seem super-heartfelt to me. Of course I then ruined it by putting flanger over the whole thing when I covered it for my album, but hey, I was into Chrome at the time."