April 11, 2017 9:47 am
Happy full moon! You can stream GEMS’ latest track “Poison” via SoundCloud + snag a copy on the Carpark shop or iTunes.
“Cliff and I started writing ‘Poison’ before we ended our romantic relationship. It laid untouched for a good year before we stumbled across it again. At first, resurrecting it brought me back to a really painful time in my life and elicited some heartbreaking visceral memories. However, we ended up breathing light into something we had started during a time of isolation and darkness. Almost everything about it has changed, except for the line ‘there’s poison in your eyes’. The way that we look at one another has actually softened since we first started writing this song.”
March 12, 2017 5:24 pm
New GEMS track for the full moon! “Peacefully” streaming now via Spotify. You can also pick up the track on the Carpark shop or iTunes.
Someone once told me that when you finally end a relationship, you see your lover as you did in the beginning for a moment, remembering how they first charmed and intrigued you, how you used to regard one another; it’s all fresh once again, like looking at an apartment you’re leaving after all your belongings are in the moving van, free of all the clutter and stains that have piled up over the years. I hesitated to cut the knots we’d tied so tight many times as the sweetest memories would flood into my mind. But eventually I had to set them free. “Peacefully” is the fourth installment of our series, “Every Full Moon” and is released on the full moon of March 12.
February 10, 2017 12:49 pm
Stream the latest from GEMS, “X Valentine,” via SoundCloud.
You can pick up the track via the Carpark shop and iTunes. It is also streaming now on Spotify.
“This Valentine’s Day will be the first we won’t spend together. I had that realization recently when I flew back east to visit my parents for the holidays. Going through the boxes Clifford and I had packed away was like going through a time capsule. There were photographs of us from years ago, young and blindly optimistic. There was a stack of cards and Valentines we’d written one another, each one proclaiming our undying love. Even when times were tough, as long as we had one another we could conquer anything. Even if we didn’t have a home, we had a home together. As it turns out, life marches on regardless, and sometimes the most vibrant love can cease to grow. However, ‘X Valentine’ isn’t a funeral dirge, but a recognition of a past great love and a resilience that two people share as they move forward through life alone.”
December 13, 2016 12:05 pm
“Blow Out The Light” is the first track in the series “Every Full Moon”. The full moon represents a time of culmination and fulfillment, of coming full circle, and a symbolic illumination in our inner lives that is mirrored in the night sky. GEMS will be releasing a new song with every full moon. Stream “Blow Out The Light” here.
“Blow Out The Light” is not the usual breakup song, mostly because the ex-couple wrote the song together. It’s release on December’s Long, Cold Full Moon reflects the hardships of a breakup: excessively reflecting on the past, trying to move on, and wanting the pain to vanish like a candle blown out in a dark room. The production is true to GEMS’ dark and dreamy nature, but is even more crisp and alluring.
November 30, 2015 4:50 pm
In light of the holiday season, we are offering new bundles on the Carpark shop for a discounted price. On top of this, you will receive an extra 20% off your purchase from December 1st through January 1st (excluding merch.)
See below & check out the shop for details.
CD Grab Bag / $19.00 + shipping
American Giant Sweet Sixteen Sweatpants + Test Pressing bundle / $69.00 + shipping
CAK100 Carpark Records Racecar USB + Test Pressing bundle /$29.00 + shipping
CAK100 Carpark Records Racecar USB + Speedy Ortiz Tote Bag bundle / $32.00 + shipping
CAK100 Carpark Records Racecar USB + Skylar Spence Tees bundles / $34.00 + shipping
CAK100 Carpark Records Racecar USB + Gems Black T-Shirt bundle / $34.00 + shipping