Gemini Syndrome's Aaron Nordstrom: "We Try to Run on All Cylinders If We Can"
The five musicians of L.A.-based band Gemini Syndrome create such an electric reaction among themselves, it might be construed as too many primal forces colliding. However, it just happens to work out beautifully in their music.
Jonathan Weiner/WBR Gemini Syndrome is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 12, at KUPD's UFest.
As their live set kicks off, the first thing you notice is guitarist Rich Juzwick's and Mike Salerno's brilliant string work. That's followed up by the thumping rhythms of Italian bassist Alessandro "A.P." Paveri. And the finishing touch is when animated dramatic beats come in, compliments of drummer Brian Steele Medina and the resonating, melodic vocals of singer Aaron Nordstrom (formerly of OTEP) that can power through any crowd, whether it's 50 people or 15,000, like when they perform at KUPD's Ufest this Saturday in Mesa.
The alternative metal band's started off on the Sunset Strip with acts like Murderdolls and Nonpoint, worked their way up to Wayne Static's solo tour, and released an EP in early 2011, which was produced by Mikey Doling (Soufly, Snot). Their debut full-length album, Lux, dropped last year and has sort of a unique inspiration behind its name.
Up On the Sun recently interviewed Nordstrom in honor of Gemini Syndrome's appearance at Ufest this weekend and spoke with the singer about the concept behind their new album, his fascination with ingenious records, and how he'd sum up the band in three words.
Tell me a bit about the concept behind Lux.
Basically the title is Lux, which is a single lumen measurement of illumination. So I guess in our minds it was our first light to the world. It's definitely a story, all tied together. You have polar opposites, just like how the band name is derived, with duality and whatnot.
Songs like "Basement," and tracks like that are pretty negative, are coupled with some more positive vibes I guess? With songs like "Take This" and "Pleasure and Pain," even though that is one of the heaviest songs on the record it's pretty positive. It's trying to capture the gamut of humane motion and perspective.
What tracks do you feel will really speak to people off the album? I really like "Stardust" and "Syndrome." Are there certain tracks that have more special meaning to you than others?
Every track means something, which is kind of how I write. But you bring up "Stardust" and "Syndrome;" "Stardust" is like about my experiences in my late teens and early 20s. A thank you note I guess to the people who helped shape me even though I went through some really dark times and did some bad stuff. [Laughs]
It ultimately guided me to where I'm at now. Same with "Syndrome," too. Just reflecting back on the darker periods of your life. And hopefully because of those stories it helps somebody. You go through darkness and troubled times and hopefully come out on the other side because of it. I guess you can't dismiss that stuff and the troubles you go through; you have to embrace them and say that you are better for it.