Gemini Syndrome – Interview with Aaron Nordstrom

middleofthepage-GEMINI-SYNDROMEI am alive inside of your truth, I am your proof – “Pleasure & Pain” Gemini Syndrome encapsulates both ends of the spectrum. The band conjures ethereal alternative melodies and then tempers them with gnashing, guttural distortion. These five musicians—Aaron, Rich, Mike, AP, and Brian— met when Aaron’s love for the illuminati caught Rich’s attention and created an immediate and unbreakable bond that would extend between each of the members. They began residing under one roof, to live, sleep, and breathe music together communally as a band in the truest sense. After some early demos and cutting their teeth on the road, the group retreated to Las Vegas to complete what would become their first offering with Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Ozzy Osbourne, In This Moment). Their progressive fascinations bare resemblance to their musical ethos. Aaron will reference clandestine secrecy of “The Enlightened” in the same breath as espousing the merits of Eastern Buddhist ideology. At the same time, Brian speaks of his Freemasonry studies and boasts a collection of literature any occult scholar would envy. Songs like “Pleasure and Pain” rail with coarse riffs and haunting words, “In all of us is a sin that begins and doesn’t end until we syphon the last breath”. The ties that bind us all are the most vibrant and volatile. “Gemini” in Zodiac represents “The Twins” and “Syndrome” which has meaning of a person’s “innate condition” form together to represent the duality within all of us. There are bonds to everything at the end of the day—from the music to the message. Now, it’s up to you to uncover the meaning for yourself. ~ Gemini Syndrome Ugly Scene was fortunate to catch up with Aaron for an interview. Ugly Scene: So this is your last performance with Device. How is touring with them? Aaron: It was great. We covered a lot of ground that’s for sure. We got a few intermittent festivals here and there and did a couple with them. Day one David asked me to come up and do a song which was pretty awesome. Ugly Scene: You recently played Rock on the Range. What’s the biggest difference to do a smaller venue as compared to a festival? Aaron: It’s just different energy. I think musicians have said this from the dawn of time that it’s always more intimate in this kind of setting, the smaller crowd. Then there is something to be said about looking into a sea of people and seeing all of their energy. They are booth cool. I don’t have a preference. Ugly Scene: Can you tell me a little bit about Gemini Syndrome and what makes the band tick. What process to you use when writing a song? Aaron: It’s a group effort. Everybody brings their ideas to the table. I handle the lyrics and am pretty particular about what I say. I do keep a log on a tablet of different lyrics I come up with. Sometimes I save them and I usually wait until the music is pretty much done before I throw my stamp on it. I like writing to something that is already there. Ugly Scene: When you write does each song tell its own story or do they all form one? Aaron: A little of both. We definitely try to have a cohesive front to back thing happening but every song does tell its own story. In the bigger picture it all creates a bigger story. I like them all. They all have their own vibe to them. Ugly Scene: How did the band meet up? Aaron: I always call it the perfect storm. We were all in the same place at the same time with the same agenda. It was perfect timing. Ugly Scene: What do you have next? Another tour coming up? Aaron: Yeah we head out with Red Line Chemistry and we’ll be with them in June. Then with Drowning Pool . Ugly Scene: We know a little about the name but can you tell us a bit more. Does it hold a special meaning to you? 935395_531134530274458_1084221240_nAaron: When I met the band the name was already in place. I thought it was a very multi faceted meaning and that drew me to it. There is a lot a symbolism it lends itself to the visual. Every song has its own symbol in lending itself to the story and the progression of the record. We try to tie into symbolic and visual information to make it kind of a double front. Ugly Scene: One of the purposes for Ugly Scene is looking at the other side of glam. That comes from the idea that music is inspiring and music can, in my opinion, save someone’s life. Also that if a person hears someone that they look up to musically talk about certain issues they can get the help they need. Would you like to talk about anything regarding this? Aaron: I was definitely bullied as a kid for having albinism and being different. There have been a lot of people along the way that have influenced me. Both personally that I’ve known or musical icons that I look up to. I take influence from a lot of places in my life. I fought depression and anxiety and I still do. There are still people that don’t know what albinism is and make smart aleck remarks thinking they are being creative. I guess my solace came with music. I’ve been playing music all my life and it has been an outlet. That and I’ve been doing martial arts for a long time. That was a really good outlet to let that energy express itself in a positive way. Ugly Scene: Do you have any advice for anyone starting a band? Aaron: Play Play Play. And when you’re done play some more. That was a quote from Dave Mustaine that I read when I was about thirteen and it stuck with me all these years and it’s true. That’s what this band did from day one. Ugly Scene: Is there anything else you would like to add? Aaron: I would like to say thank you to the people who have supported us. Without our Synners we are just five guys that just play music in a room somewhere. We say thank you constantly. Ugly Scene: Thank you so very much for the Interview! Aaron: Thank you! - Michelle Lynn For more information go to: Website Facebook YouTube Twitter

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