By: Stephanie Stevens
I remember seeing GEMINI SYNDROME open up for Nonpoint back in the day when they were touring for LUX the band’s debut album that was released back in 2013. The bands single STARDUST was climbing the charts and everyone was talking about them. Once I saw them perform live I was a fan, the band brings this memorizing charisma to the stage and to watch drummer Brian Steele Medina is a show in its self; he has such enjoy and body moves that will make you not want to look away. On a whole GEMINI SYNDROME that night kicked my ass in a live sense and since then I have been jamming to these guys on my playlist ever since.
The work on the band’s new album, MEMENTO MORI that the band is currently still road dogging on is even more advance and depth in character from the music to the lyrical content and blew me away with tracks like ZEALOT, ALIVE INSIDE, SORRY NOT SORRY and ANONYMOUS. The band puts together these harder rock beats with melody driven choruses and atmospheric soundscapes that intertwine everything into this masterpiece of 15 songs. Every time a new album comes from these creative geniuses it gets better and better so I can’t wait to see what the installment of chapter 3 in the bands arsenal will entail. For now, I had a chance to speak with singer Aaron Nordstrom while he was out on the road about new songs, road life and a pet mascot.
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON NEW MATERIAL FOR A NEW ALBUM?
IF YOU HAVE HOW HAS THE MUSIC GROWN SINCE MEMENTO MORI WAS WRITTEN?
We are always working on new music. Putting ideas down that eventually will turn into full songs for the next album. As far as how it's grown we will just have to see when the final product is done.
ANY TIME FRAME WHEN A NEW ALBUM MIGHT DROP?
No time frame yet. We're still in the cycle of Memento Mori
WHEN MEMENTO MORI WAS WRITTEN DID CHARLES AND DAN HAVE A BIG PART IN THE WRITING AND IF THEY DID OR DID NOT HOW HAS THEIR CREATIVENESS HELPED IN THE FUTURE OF SONGWRITING IDEAS FOR YOU GUYS?
Charles and Dan weren't involved in the band when we wrote it. The album was primarily written by myself AP and Brian. Since this last tour we have parted ways with them. They're great guys and great players and we wish them the best in whatever they do next.
ZEALOT IS ONE OF MY FAV OFF THE DISC HOW DID THAT SONG COME ABOUT AND LYRICALLY WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION?
We co-wrote some of ZEALOT with David Draiman. He's a great guy and we were honored to have him involved. The lyrics came from an interview on the daily show actually. The author wrote a book called zealot and the interview inspired the rest of the poem.
YOU AS A BAND SEEM TO BE SO MUCH MORE THEN MUSIC GUYS YOU FIND GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATION FROM OTHER OUTLETS JUST SEEING HOW YOUR ARTWORK ON ALBUM COVERS AND THE WAY YOU GUYS ARE ONSTAGE. WHAT BRINGS YOU THE MOST JOY OTHER THEN MAKING MUSIC?
I study traditional Chinese Kung Fu and in general we study a lot of different ideologies. Including religion, psychology, philosophy, esoteric mysteries, art. The list goes on and on.
ITS BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE THE LAST DISC CAME OUT AND ON THE FIRST DISC YOU HAD RELEASED MANY SINGLES TO SUPPORT THE DISC DO YOU HAVE MORE SINGLES COMING OUT TO PROMOTE MEMENTO MORI OR HAS ITS TIME BEEN TICKED AWAY?
I think we're planning on one more single from this album.
HOW HAS YOUR LIVE SET GROWN WITH THE NEW SONGS BEING PLAYED AND DO YOU HAVE ONE OF THE NEWER SONGS YOU LOVE PLAYING LIVE AND IF YOU DO WHY?
I love playing all the new material. We toured on LUX for a long time so it's a breath of fresh air to play new songs.
IF YOU HAD A PET MASCOT ON YOUR BUS WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHAT WOULD YOU CALL IT?
If I could I would bring my Pitbull Stella. She's a little too big for a tour bus though.
IF YOU COULD SIT DOWN WITH ONE LITERATURE GENUIS TO GET A CONCEPT FOR A NEW SONG WHO WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY?
I would pick Robert Anton Wilson. One of my favorite authors of all time. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago.
YOU GUYS LOVE TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE A DAY OFF ON THE ROAD?
Watch movies and sleep. I try and train Kung Fu when I can as well.
WHATS THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER LOOKING LIKE INTO THE FALL?
We have a short run in August and we are working out the details for the rest of the year. Details will be announced asap.
Thanks for doing this with me. Take care and hopefully we see you soon.