Gulfer: “Tapping is easy when it’s the same notes over and over. What we like is some kind of melodic component”

Gulfer guitarists Vincent Ford and Joe Therriault
Gulfer guitarists Joe Therriault (left) and Vincent Ford (right) (Image credit: Gulfer)

Montreal quartet Gulfer create a swirl of indie-rock energy through liberal doses of math-rock rhythms, emo intensity, shoegaze textures and pop melodic sensibilities – plus an unexpected heaping of two-hand tapping executed by guitarists Vincent Ford and Joe Therriault.

That said, the duo’s dexterous tapping excursions aren’t window dressing, shredder showmanship or throwback irony. They’re the core of Gulfer’s entire sound and the engine for delivering their mind-bending melodies, as heard on the recent singles Greetings and Barely, released in July by Topshelf Records.

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.