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.
This group formed in late 2011 when guitarist Matt Smith’s humble flyer attracted guitarist and singer Phil Sharrow, cellist Sylvia Janicki, keyboardist Joe Hermanson and drummer Jake Bicknase.
“It was a coincidence because I never would have saw the sign,” Sharrow said. “Sylvia’s roommate at the time grabbed the number and gave it to me. I didn’t know what to expect.”
Within a week the soon-to-be Sharrows were playing Battle of the Bands below the Rathskeller’s shadowy, cavernous ceilings. Janicki filled the bassist position with her classical equivalent, while vocals and other instrumental parts were unassumingly exchanged onstage.