Formed in Leeds in February 2008, Gay Bum first came to be when Michael Pumo left the band Glasshouse Boutique. When Pumo started jamming in the basement of his house with drummer Sam Davis (under the name Gay Bum), it seemed too-lucky a coincidence that their other two housemates were guitar-player Phill Durham and "how hard can it be to play bass and make up some words" Edde Gamester. Hence the house formed a four-man rock act, intent on having as much fun as possible with their well-suited talents. Playing light-hearted rock to the city of Leeds - a city too familiar with whining modern bands mimicking one another's pretentious moaning - the band instantly established themselves as "something genuinely different in a sea of monotony".
Over the course of 2008, Gay Bum wrote a multitude of songs for debut album The Vagina Game; the seven most popular of which went on to form the demos Demonstration of Power and Bloodlust and Boobies.
After a brief break towards the end of 2008, Edde and Puma returned to Leeds in March 2009 to write a new album. However, attempting to move to one of the biggest student towns in the world in the middle of the academic year; they found almost nowhere to live that suited their minimal budget. Hence they were forced to settle for 6-bedroomed house on Cardigan Road - number 240. Inspired by their ridiculous situation and the cheap price of whiskey, it wasn't long before the foundations of Tales From Cardigan Road were written and the duo started playing their new songs acoustically around Leeds.
As the new duo's popularity grew, it became clear that they'd need some added power if they were to play the larger stages around Leeds. With Dr. Steak and Phillod away travelling the world, Gay Bum turned for help to their new friends in Leeds - at which point Jon Bryan from Dexter Dexterous and the Fingersmiths stepped in on drums. As the band was playing their first gig together - at The Ship - music production student and bass-player Scott Wyles was passing by and stopped in to view the madness. Having an unused bass-guitar present (for little or no reason), the band offered it to Scott and the Unholy Alliance of Gay Bum was finalised.
This new fusion of rock, funk and folk launched an attack on Leeds and started thrashing its way through the music scene. Taking every gig that was passed their way, Gay Bum played their new album relentlessly for 5 months - helped by local musician, DJ, producer and all-round music badass Mark Parvin on drums in the final 2 months.
By the time the student year finished, Gay Bum were considering something different; having been in Leeds for years (4 for Edde and at least 6 for Puma), they decided to try playing somewhere new. In October 2009, they moved to London to continue what they've started. Having made Tales From Cardigan Road into a demo album with Jon and Scott, the Gay Bum duo are now planning to writing another album - this time fuelled by the poverty and chaos that London will bring.
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