Burger Records' Caravan of Stars Rolls Deep In a Nursing Home Shuttle Bus
By: Harley Oliver Brown
Photo: Steele O'Neal Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar
Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar has had a surreal couple of years. Last December, he emailed a sample of his lo-fi glam pop to Fullerton, California's DIY visionaries Burger Records, who offered to put out his self-titled debut on cassette; after his song "58th St. Fingers" was featured on Pitchfork, "shit hit the fan" and he moved halfway across the country from Cleveland to live in a storage space at Burger's warehouse, which includes the label's record store and office space. "It's a very odd thing to make music for a long time where no one knows who you are, except for your buddies and people who think it's a joke, and suddenly people are interested in it," he tells me over the phone from a gas station somewhere between Portland, OR, and Salt Lake City. "I'm trying not to let it freak me out," he says, even when some female fans drew a picture of his face and posted it to Twitter. "I never thought that would happen."
Fulvimar is on the road with Burger Records' Burgerama Caravan of Stars Tour, a traveling festival of sorts that began three years ago as an attempt to take Burgerama, Burger's annual two-day festival in Santa Ana, California, on the road. Sharing the bill with Gap Dream are skuzzy psychedelics Cosmonauts, garage punkers Together Pangea, and "sonic brownie"-bakers the Growlers, who will be joined onstage by various members and friends of the Burger family during their month-long jaunt across the country.
"We're doing our best to create a festival-like vibe with having a lot of bands play, and bringing all of our merch and creating kind of a little pop-up store in each of the venues," explains Burger Records co-founder and co-owner Sean Bohrman, who sat out this year's Caravan to get work done around the office and stay on-hand as an emergency contact ("emergencies," he adds, usually entail something like, "Hey, we need some weed"). "We got a bunch of local bands that always play our shows here. We just wanted to recreate what we did here by trying to mostly use all-ages venues," Bohrman says.