Gemini Syndrome Talk "Pleasure & Pain" and More
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:59:58
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Gemini Syndrome are leading a revolution out of Los Angeles. From the city's burgeoning hard rock and heavy metal scene, they were the first to score a major label deal, signing to Warner Bros. Records. Now, they're whisking attention right to the Sunset Strip once again. However, Gemini Syndrome don't sound indicative of Los Angeles or anywhere else for that matter. They're a singular entity with their own style unlike anything out there right now. There are threads of melody sewn into pummeling riffs and rhythms, but it isn't so simple.
Lyrically, the ruminations and speculations curiously bubble up like an outsider's obsession with a cult or the Illuminati. You don't know what they're really saying, but you feel it. Meet the most intriguing, infectious, and impactful young band out there.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Aaron and Rich of Gemini Syndrome discuss their first single "Pleasure & Pain" and more.
Was the idea of duality one of the most important elements of "Pleasure & Pain"?
Rich: For me, when it was being written, it felt like it was going to be that balance of the two sides. There are some heavy parts, but they're balanced with the big chorus. That's where it's coming from musically. It was half-planned, but at the same time, it's a happy accident. There's an awareness of the intention of the song as it's developing.
Aaron: Even with the band name, there's a whole principle of duality which we've touched on a lot. This was definitely an attempt to capture the negative and positive feelings in life. At the same time, we wanted to make it universal. Of course, it means something to me as far as my experience in life goes, but I was trying to write it so it'd be open enough that anybody could relate to it in his or her own way. They can interpret it based on personal experiences. Lyrically, I wanted to match what they were doing on a semantic level.
The transitions are seamless from the hypnotic to the heavy both musically and lyrically.
Rich: I never thought it literally like that. As you bring it up, a lot of things are going through my head. I guess you're right. Coming from his vocal standpoint, I'm still an observer. Aaron is able to go from one end of the spectrum to the other seamlessly. Often, when you hear that in this style of music, it's abrupt. You want to make a good stew with your ingredients.
Aaron: I didn't necessarily intend to do that. With even the content of the verses, they're ambiguous. The first talks about positivity and an infinite expression of who I am, going to the second verse, which is in my mind very aggressive. It's like paying your due at the end of the day. I can't say I thought about that when we were writing it, but it does follow that principle of duality. Those elements live side by side with each other, and the jump isn't abrupt or callous.
The lyric video also attaches to that vision.
Rich: It's like a quasi-lyric video. It has a few lyrics, but it's not traditional. It doesn't translate all of the lyrics. It's more of a pace-setter or tone-setter. It is rooted on the principles of what this band is and what we're about. We were hands-on with sculpting and fine-tuning it.
Is it important for the songs to conjure visuals? The lyrics are deeper.
Aaron: Sure, it's not "Porn Star Dancing" [Laughs].
Rich: I observe what he writes and sings. That's perfectly true.
Aaron: There's an emotional tie for me in pretty much everything that I write about. Most of what I put into words is usually based on my personal experience in some way—whether it's about me directly or me witnessing people going through things and writing about that. I'll be trying to have empathy for somebody else's situation and trying to understand their perspective in my eyes. I try to translate, essentially. That's always been a goal for me. One of the things I admire about the writers I look up to is their ability to craft music with a deep emotional tie that's still accessible to anybody. It's not so specific that I'm telling you exactly what I went through, but I'm putting it in ambiguous way where you can interpret it and it can mean something totally different to the listener than it means to me, but it will still strike them in a deep way.
What have you been listening to lately?
Aaron: I'm always listening to Tech N9ne when I'm on the road for some reason. That's my go-to sleep music.
Do you feel like there's an L.A. scene emerging?
Rich: There's definitely something happening. We'll know more looking back on it. It needs to flesh itself out. It's still learning to crawl before it starts walking and running.
Aaron: The idea is there, but it hasn't been fully formed yet. Even though it's in its infancy, it's cool to be a part of it and see friends of ours signing. We're on tour, and we're hearing our friends on radio. It's great to be involved in that.
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