Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Gravity Guild Q&A

Your name:
Colin Simson, lead vocalist.

Name of band:
The Gravity Guild.

Who else is in your band?
Jay Way – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Colin Simson – Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitars/Percussion
Abel Vallejo – Drums/Percussion

Where are you from?
Guitarist Jay Way moved out to Los Angeles from Michigan in 2000 to pursue music and studio engineering. He met a drummer who helped hone the sound that would later become The Gravity Guild. Way found Boston native Colin Simson through an online ad and the two started playing and writing songs, quickly realizing that they had the same taste in music and had a great creative connection.
Shortly thereafter, Way and Simson met Abel Vallejo, drummer extraordinaire, who embodied everything that the band stood for and wanted in terms of heavy hitting and intelligent musical reactions to the riff-based sound.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
The Gravity Guild blends a mixture of classic progressive rock styles with modern progressive metal all wrapped up with a thick cocoon of 90's grunge. Progressive grunge? Perhaps, but it’s more refined than that… Think Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater and Rush meet Alice in Chains, Tool and Soundgarden.

Who are your main influences musically?
We are constantly inspired by classic rock and the grange era - music that we grew up listening to as well as the newer bands who’ve come out recently that clearly share our taste for heavy-hitting rock and alt metal.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We want to take this project as far as it can go. The Gravity Guild is currently laying down tracks for our third studio release tentatively titled, "III" ... It promises to be our hardest hitting album yet.
Our first release, “I” is a crushing album that breaks the typical boundaries of hard rock while paying tribute to 70's rock, 90’s grunge, and modern rock. “I” swaggers with innovative guitar sounds and powerful riffs melded with heavy hitting drums and monster bass lines that carve out canyon-sized grooves over odd-meters. Melodic hooks laced with tight harmonies and evocative lyrics bring all of these elements together in this impressive full-length album.
Our sophomore release, “The Great Divide” expands on our experimental sound-scape while offering listeners a moody and introspective experience. The tracks for “The Great Divide” and “I” were recorded simultaneously giving the band an opportunity to have a follow up release less than a year after the release of “I”.  These contrasting styles inspired the band to re-imagine a couple tunes from “I” using their new acoustic approach. Ominous tracks “The Game” and “Time & Again” were stripped down and restructured, giving the audience a fresh perspective.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
The highlight of our career continues to be meeting new fans. Our fans are everything to us! Without fans we’d be playing these songs in our studio for ourselves. But because of support from loyal music enthusiasts, we’ve been able to play the best venues all over Southern California and even make a little money for doing what we love. It doesn’t get any better than that!

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Being in a band is very much like being in a relationship. We’d never speak ill of the musicians who’ve come and gone during the early stages of forming The Gravity Guild, but the most frustrating parts of being a professional musician, and the things I think we’d all like to forget, have to be those moments when you realize that someone in your band isn’t working out. 
Break-ups are never easy but often necessary in order to keep moving forward creatively.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
SLO is the perfect track for audiences to get to know The Gravity Guild because it is both heavy and upbeat. Plus, SLO showcases the band’s versatility through Jay Way’s killer guitar lines featuring his effects-heavy sound, Simson’s soaring vocal lines with tight harmonies, and an array of African percussion including congas and djembe that augment Vallejo’s massive drum grooves.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
twitter.com/TheGravityGuild (@TheGravityGuild)

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
The Gravity Guild is not yet signed, and though we welcome the right deal, we are proud to say that everything we've released has been written, produced, recorded and mixed in-house in our home: Inside Studios.

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