Interview: Gemini Syndrome’s Aaron Nordstrom discusses the band’s latest album and more
Los Angeles-based quintet Gemini Syndrome serves up an innovative metal sound that’s highlighted by meaty riffing, fist-pumping choruses and meaningful lyrics. The band recently unleashed their sophomore studio album, “Memento Mori,” and the album’s debut single, “Remember We Die,” is currently inside the top 30 on the mainstream rock radio chart. Now, the guys of Gemini Syndrome are on the road, touring North America alongside Drowning Pool, 9ELECTRIC and Red Tide Rising.
The tour reaches The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan, tonight (Dec. 6) and runs through a Dec. 23 show in Dallas.
While on the road, vocalist Aaron Nordstrom checked in with Anne Erickson to talk about “Memento Mori,” what it’s like playing Flint’s Machine Shop and why the guys “speak from the heart.” Find more on the band via GeminiSyndrome.com.
Anne Erickson: You just kicked off a year-end tour with Drowning Pool, 9ELECTRIC and Red Tide Rising. How’s it going?
Aaron Nordstrom: Despite some travel issues, it’s been awesome. We’re glad we made it, and it’s always good to tour with friends. We’ve done numerous tours with 9ELECTRIC and Drowning Pool. They’ve all become family, and the Red Tide Rising guys have been great.
You’ve certainly played The Machine Shop in Flint before. What makes that venue special to you?
There’s something about this venue that everyone loves. The staff is great and accommodating, and we always love coming back. The crowds are exciting every time.
Gemini Syndrome has such a dramatic stage show and aura. Tell me about how you guys came up with everything that is Gemini Syndrome, beyond the music.
We speak from the heart. We play music that means something to us on a deep level or our own existence, and it translates through the live show.
Congratulations on your latest album, “Memento Mori.” What was it like crafting the band’s sophomore release, and how is it different from your debut?
It was written differently than the first one. AP (player Alessandro Paveri, bass player), Brian (Steele Medina, drummer) and myself wrote the majority of it in an apartment over the course of a few months. We had a bit more feeding in the construction and had a really good time doing it.
Tell me about your song, “Remember We Die.” It could be taken several different ways. For me, it’s kind of a reminder to try to live life as a good person, because we want to be remembered well, and I do believe in an afterlife, but not sure if that’s where you guys were going with the song.
You nailed it. It’s an absolute reminder of the present moment and to take every moment as it comes. It’s so easy to get distracted by so many things and lose sight of this experience.
What should we expect from Gemini Syndrome in 2017?
Bigger, better, louder and more powerful. We will keep growing as much as we can as people, artists, musicians. Whatever we can do to evolve.