Fans of the who’s-who collective Gayngs were (understandably) a bit suspicious when the group claimed a mysteriously missing tour bus was responsible for their abrupt absence at last year’s Austin City Limits Festival.
Initially, the band’s story that the tour bus carrying their equipment suddenly went missing in the middle of the night, mirrored the absurdity that seems to lace explanations from conspicuously missing and late artists (Kanye’s glow-in-the-dark Bonnaroo ‘08 disaster?), but a Nashville jury has decided otherwise.
On May 18, the all-star 24-piece group (led by Ryan Olson and featuring members of Bon Iver, Solid Gold, Megafaun and The Rosebuds) was awarded $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages resulting from a lawsuit filed by the group that pressed charges against the tour bus company C.J. Starbuses, Inc. According the the band’s manager, the company engaged in deceptive practices (i.e. directing the bus full of equipment back to Nashville in the middle of the night) after the group refused to pay the additional thousands of dollars that the company demanded.
Gayngs, whose lush sounds take on a slow-jams feel, began as the pet project of producer Ryan Olson, who quickly snagged a plethora of the indie elite to contribute to the group’s first album, Relayted.