After a brief break towards the end of 2008, Edde and Puma returned to Leeds in March 2009 to write a new album. However, attempting to move to one of the biggest student towns in the world in the middle of the academic year; they found almost nowhere to live that suited their minimal budget. Hence they were forced to settle for 6-bedroomed house on Cardigan Road - number 240. Inspired by their ridiculous situation and the cheap price of whiskey, it wasn't long before the foundations of Tales From Cardigan Road were written and the duo started playing their new songs acoustically around Leeds. As the new duo's popularity grew, it became clear that they'd need some added power if they were to play the larger stages around Leeds.
With Dr. Steak and Phillod away travelling the world, Gay Bum turned for help to their new friends in Leeds - at which point Jon Bryan from Dexter Dexterous and the Fingersmiths stepped in on drums. As the band was playing their first gig together - at The Ship - music production student and bass-player Scott Wyles was passing by and stopped in to view the madness. Having an unused bass-guitar present (for little or no reason), the band offered it to Scott and the Unholy Alliance of Gay Bum was finalised. This new fusion of rock, funk and folk launched an attack on Leeds and started thrashing its way through the music scene.
Taking every gig that was passed their way, Gay Bum played their new album relentlessly for 5 months - helped by local musician, DJ, producer and all-round music badass Mark Parvin on drums in the final 2 months. By the time the student year finished, Gay Bum were considering something different; having been in Leeds for years (4 for Edde and at least 6 for Puma), they decided to try playing somewhere new. In October 2009, they moved to London to continue what they've started. Having made Tales From Cardigan Road into a demo album with Jon and Scott, the Gay Bum duo are now planning to writing another album - this time fuelled by the poverty and chaos that London will bring. Read more on Last.fm.
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