Gus Ring calls his music Acoustic Dreampop. Growing up playing trumpet in orchestras to then end up screaming in metal and hardcorebands, Gus found his love for fragile, honest, melancholic music in his early 20’s when he started writing and recording songs in his bedroom. In 2014 the first album “Boredomtapes” was recorded, mixed and mastered by Gus in a studio he built in his closet, as an experiment to what he could achieve doing everything himself. Gus then released the album as 100 cassette-tapes, each one with a hand-drawn cover.The release of the tapes lead to Gus booking his first European tour by himself, called “Boredomtour – Side A”, travelling through Sweden to Denmark and Germany. In 2016 Gus had now written two more EPs and started collaborating with German booking agency Jackalope ANM. Gus went on his second tour, “Boredomtour – Side B”, visiting new countries like Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands. In April 2017 recordlabel “Daughters and Sons” released his new album “Hypnoseas”.
Since then Gus has been touring Europe consistently, being compared both by critics and fans to songwriters like Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice, and bands such as The Cure, Interpol and Wovenhand. Gus Rings live performances are best described as a dreamy emotional journey through dark ambient soundscapes and melancholic singer-songwriter.
“It doesn’t become generic for a second, and it’s to say the least, very original.” – Simon Lundberg, Gaffa.se
“Gus Ring has something else, something unique, and not even if you’d point a gun to my head would I be able to put my finger on what it is. It’s like a beautiful divine shimmer spreading across the room.” – Ricky Holmqvist, Drefvet.se
“At a first listen it may sound like every other guitarballad, but inside Gus’s voice and melodies hides a darkness that slowly reveals itself and gives the music such a beautiful nerve.” – Andreas Homanen, Norrköpings Tidningar & Östgöta Correspondenten
“Gus Ring uses the attributes of the traditional singer-songwriter, but makes it sound like something else, something different.” – I’m Kingfisher