The 25 + member band Gayngs came together over the work of Rory Olson. With each song being written at 69 bpm there’s no wonder that Prince showed up for the band’s first sexy show together. Interview by Saelan Twerdy. Illustration by Lori D.
When Minneapolis producer Ryan Olson got together with his buddies in the soft rock/electro-soul band Solid Gold and decided to record a concept album inspired by 10cc’s immortal prom-jam, “I’m Not In Love,” he never expected the project to balloon into a year-long, life-changing odyssey that would bring together two dozen of Minneapolis’ finest musicians and culminate in a blow-out show that would include a visitation by the Purple One, Prince himself. Through eleven tracks of sultry soft-rock, blue-eyed soul, choral R&B, and a few otherworldly journeys into slow-motion cinematic ambiance all of which cruise at the highly suggestive tempo of exactly 69 beats per minute Gayngs’ album, Relayted, documents how such diverse musicians as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, members of The Rosebuds and Megafaun, and Rhymesayers/Doomtree rapper P.O.S. became a family.