It was in a back corner of a student union kitchen, pushing racks of grimy plates coated with dried Wisconsin cheese once draped over pizza through an industrial sized dish washer, that two UW-Madison students started talking music. This conversation led to a synthesis of violin rooted in classical traditions and folk guitar.
Word spread like wildfire through that student union kitchen and social networks. It did not take long for the three remaining members to infuse their musical roots of blues, pop, and rock into the sound. This quintet pulled from a multitude of musical backgrounds, aiming to create one thing - authentic, quality soundwaves. Thus, The Gambol was born.
In the Fall of 2015, after growing their local following, the band set out to Madison's east side to record their sounds. Jared Norton of Norton Studios guided the band through the production of their debut EP: Don't Wake the Painting, released March 11, 2016. Deliberate with its message, the title and multiple songs speak to social injustices of the past and present, and to eventually putting them to rest.
As The Gambol continued to cultivate its live sound by playing in cities all across Wisconsin, new songs made their way into the band's repertoire. After reaching out and finding a musical kinship with Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), the band set off for Cartoon Moon Studios in Nashville, TN. A full week of musical creativity paid off in spades, and The Gambol will release its self-titled debut album on March 3rd, 2017, in conjunction with a Midwest album release tour spanning multiple cities and states.
With the pronunciation of their name implying delinquency and risk, while the definition meaning joyful acts of revelry, The Gambol's brand of folk-rock makes you move your feet to life's queries and juxtapositions.