I recently had a chance to conduct an email interview with the hard rock band, Gemini Syndrome. While their first album isn’t out in stores yet, I have heard a track of theirs played on my local rock station. I tend to not listen to my local rock station, instead choosing to listen to music I like and not the lame nu metal they tend to play. So, it was with great surprise that I heard Gemini Syndrome playing.
If you tend to listen to mainstream rock n roll stations, you may have heard of the band. I have heard only the one song that I have posted the video for at the end of the interview, but I am impressed and looking forward to hearing more from them.
They have just completed touring with Mushroomhead and will be the opening act for the Device tour (David Draiman of Disturbed’s new band), which launches April 10. So, without further ado, I give you the interview with Gemini Syndrome.
BRIAN: We have Aaron and Mike on vocals, Mike & Rich on guitars, AP on Bass, & I drum.
Aaron: We all grew up in different places. Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Chattanooga, and Milan. We met in Los Angeles awhile back though.
2. What are some of your musical influences (let’s say from the ’60’s, 70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s, 00’s, and today)?
BRIAN: The past 50 years have been intense. We went from the Beatles & Jimi Hendrix to Lamb of God and Tech N9ine. It’s all influential.
AARON: Absolutely. Every genre has its gems. We all listen to a lot of different types of music and a lot of artists.
3. You guys have been on tour with Mushroomhead and soon with Device (David Draiman’s new band). What do you think it will be like switching between these different genres of metal while on tour?
BRIAN: I don’t think it’s much different. We’re not changing anything we do. I think both bills attract the genuine rock fans.
AARON: We are blessed to be touring with bands like this and whoever it is we are playing in front of, we are going to do what we do. It’s cool to be in front of new people and new fans.
4. How has the audience accepted you as an opening band? Have they embraced you?
AARON: For sure. Every show has brought in new fans and Synners. The enthusiasm and excitement we get from people has been really intense. My favorite thing to hear is “I’ve never heard of you before but you have a fan for life”
BRIAN: Art influences art for sure. I’m a big fan of the dark psychological stuff of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive.) I love Sami Raimi (Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell) and Rob Zombie for Horror. Oh, and Zeitgeist.
AARON: I love all types of films but if I had to choose a couple off the top of my head I would say things like Waking Life, The Cell, Fight Club.. the list goes on and on.
6. Same question about video games. Are there any gaming influences that have inspired your music?
BRIAN: I’d like to see video games start influencing music videos. Check out the video for Bad Motherfucker, by Biting Elbows. I’m very interested to see how Rock Music and Video games will work together in the future.
AARON: I haven’t really played video games for some time but kinda wish I did. The whole premise behind Assassins Creed is something I’m really into but I haven’t had a chance to play it.
7. With the majority of mainstream rock n roll radio being accosted by terrible nu metal bands (Nickleback, Papa Roach), what are your thoughts on the state of metal and rock n roll in general in today’s world? Is it a good thing that we have bands like I mentioned earlier or do you think real metal will make a resurgence?
BRIAN: I don’t think there will ever be such a thing as Mainstream Metal. The idea of having “real” metal on a mainstream rock and roll station is contradictory. The good stuff is always underground and I like it that way.
AARON: I love metal and have for years but Brian is totally right. Metalheads don’t want their music to be mainstream or “popular” in that sense. It becomes “sell out” and then hated. I don’t think we are a metal band. I think we all listen to metal and are influenced by it but there are so many other influences in us that it creates a different type of music.
8. So, being on the road with Mushroomhead and soon with Device, there must already be some crazy touring stories. Tell me one of the craziest things you have seen while touring.
BRIAN: One time we were driving through Montana on a small 2 lane highway through the mountains. Off in the distance we saw a gigantic moose galloping towards us running right next to an 18 wheeler. There was no where to move. There’s a semi coming toward us on the left, and the right side fell straight off the mountain, and we couldn’t slam on our brakes. The moose just kept galloping straight for us with these huge awkward strides. It looked like it was going to run right into us. Until the last second it cut in front of the semi and missed us by just a few feet. You definitely don’t see that every day.
AARON: I think a lot of our stories come from the travel. We drove through a blizzard from Detroit to Denver. It took 31 hours. There were so many trucks and big rigs off the road absolutely destroyed. That’s the crazy stuff that sticks with me. Risking your life to make it to the next city. We’ve all seen our share of crazy people at shows and whatnot but at the end of the day you almost expect that. Waking up to a moose running you down or seeing a thousand accidents and knowing that could have been your moment, that’s the crazy shit on tour for me.
There you have it. Stay tuned to BIZZAM!! Movie News for more updates and whatnot from Gemini Syndrome as it is released!
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