Daughn Gibson @ Rhythm Room

On one side, there are the credentials that mark Daughn Gibson as a country musician — the slightly twanged baritone, the smoky barrooms and long roads that appear in his lyrics, and the years spent working as a trucker before recording his first album. On the other are credentials that mark Gibson as anything but country — the heavy metal past, the rhythmic speak-singing, the programmed beats, effects, and samples. "I love country, rap, and techno, and I pull a lot from those three genres. If I tell people that, usually they run away, but it's the most honest answer I can give," Gibson says. "They're strange bedfellows, but they have a lot of similarities and it's the challenge of making them meld together." With Me Moan, Gibson joins Sub Pop, which has given him freedom to make the music he wants. "They're completely fearless and I respect anyone who's fearless, even if what they're doing may make other people shudder," he says of the label that kicked out the loud rock albums that drew him to music as a teen. "There's no shortage of things that sound homogenized today, so it's nice to have someone going to bat for you and sticking up for something weird." But, ultimately, is Gibson's music really all that weird? "I might be projecting what other people have told me because I don't feel like this is weird. To me, it's totally natural."


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