Fallacy: A noun: a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument.
“Each and every one of us can say we’ve been a fallacy. Haven’t we?” A profound theme that runs through this very smart single.
With rhythmically stressed syllables that flow quite well, “Fallacy” is a really great song. Not typically what I listen to, and I’m not sure it can actually be categorized, I found myself listening to it over and over and over. It’s well recorded, well composed, and well performed. Seattle’s Gumshen is a unique band, and good enough to experience significant success.
“Ship shape, the trap is laid…understate the space between us,” one of many great and catchy lines throughout this song …although I’m not 100% sure what it means.
Had I not read on the band’s official site regarding what “Fallacy was about: “… The song was written about the arrival of death and the feeling fear and disappointment that one may not have become what they’d hope they would have. That we lie to ourselves that we are worth a damn and the cold truth reveals that lie. The song was composed entirely by Ron Hippe and what he is trying to express in this music is to communicate a strong and real emotion of regret, defeat, and reflection,” I would have had no idea that the song was so deep. I would have thought it was just catchy, and the video would not have helped me figure out the intended meaning, as it is a bit corny. I also found the juxtaposition between the happiness of the drummer, and the clumsy seriousness (in a David Byrne style) of the singer, to be a bit uncomfortable. But then again, I also don’t like the color Orange…a color which runs through each member at some point.
The band categorizes themselves as synth-pop, electro-pop, prog-rock, nu disco, and future funk. I found categorizing “Fallacy” to be tough. It’s ambient. It’s rock. It’s alternative. It’s synth-rock. It’s current pop. But done in a way that is unique, which is nearly impossible in today’s world. I guess they are sort of Talking heads meets Ziggy Stardust, meets Morphine, meets Empire of the Sun meets MGMT.
Even though “Fallacy” is self-recorded, mixed, and 90% self-produced, the quality of the recording is outstanding. Maybe it’s that last 10% that was mixed by Michael Moscozzi in Seattle that makes it so good, or maybe Gumshen is really just that great. I vote for the latter.
Ron Hippe (Vocals/Keys/Guitars)
Jan Ciganik (Guitars)
Chip Reno (Keys/Bass)
Dennis McCoy (Drums) – guest drummer Greg Gilmore is on the recording of “Fallacy”
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