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| 20 April 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Minneapolis hard rockers Gabriel and the Apocalypse celebrate a worldwide release of their new album, Alpha Bionic, via Pavement Entertainment. Alpha Bionic is available to stream and download now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon, while physical signed copies of the album are selling on the band’s official website.” We get vocalist Lindy and guitarist Jake to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Lindy: People might not notice that there is a connection or evolution from our last album The Ghost Parade and our new record Alpha Bionic.  In the last album people were becoming ghosts through overuse of drugs, or technology.  Now through evolution we have turned into machines in the future blending DNA with technology.

Jake: I think this record Alpha Bionic is a bit more focused than our previous work. The songs are more balanced and well written. There is more emphasis on the synth work and electronics. The music is dense with layers so the listener might notice things in the mix that they might not have the first few listens.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Lindy: I knew I wanted to play music because I was brought up with it. Both my parents are musicians. I knew I wanted to pursue music after I played the 7th grade talent show with my first band and receiving the crowd response for the first time.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Lindy: For me seeing Marilyn Manson in 1997 during the Dead to the World tour, when I decided I didn’t want to play bass and decided to focus on singing and create darker moodier music with more imagery and things. Also Kurt Cobain was an early influence for me.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Lindy: Nirvana, Hole, PJ Harvey, NIN, Garbage

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Jake: I would have to say Trent Reznor or Martin Gore. Just to learn about the processes and techniques they use when it comes to composition and production. Both are musicians I have looked up to for their ability to produce music that sounds so complete and complex with layers of sounds covering all frequencies across the board.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Lindy: I tell people we are a hard rock/industrial band. I cringe when people call us a metal band or a goth band. Even worse when people say we are a goth metal band lol or when we are compared to another female fronted band, just because I am a female people draw comparisons to others even though we might not sound even close in comparison.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Jake: being creative

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Lindy: I always take care of the guys and get food and drinks haha

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Jake: We all got a chance to meet Vinne Paul when our tour went through Dallas last year before he passed. He was at our show hanging out at the bar. He was very approachable and so genuinely nice to everyone there.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Lindy: I would be working at an animal sanctuary or doing conservation work for animals, or environmental work.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Lindy: I think there are situations in the past we might not have been prepared for. There is so much we’ve learned over the years from our mistakes though at the same time.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Jake: I would say The Fragile NIN because there is so much content on that double disc record; so many layers and sounds.

Lindy: I would say Antichrist Superstar because of the things I’ve read about the process and the crazy things they did like smoking bones and holding their eyelids open with toothpicks, sleep deprivation, and making things uncomfortable on purpose.





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