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A Dirty Dozen with GFM – March 2022

| 4 March 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Today metal girl group GFM (Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh) announce their upcoming Spring tour with metal heavy-hitters Fozzy. Powerhouse Chris Jericho personally became a fan of the band before inviting them to hit the road alongside his beloved metal group. GFM are thrilled to play fan favorites from the Operation Take Over EP and to build anticipation as they gear up for their next release: “This tour with Fozzy is going to be a game changer for GFM. We’re finally getting to play in cities that fans have been asking for for years, and we’re able to do it alongside a powerhouse like Chris Jericho. We’re excited to learn and grow and meet tons of new people.” – Maggie, Vocals and Bass for GFM. GFM (Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh) is not your average teenage girl band, these three metalhead sisters are heavy and loud, and triumphantly taking on the stage with a genre of their own, which they have penned BEAUTYCORE. Formed by the English sisters Maggie (Bass and Vocals), CJ (Guitar), and Lulu (Drums) in Jacksonville, FL, GFM is a band set to break boundaries. They’re bringing life back to rock and metal and giving heavy music fans of all ages a space to thrive.” We get the sisters to discuss new music, influences, and 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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Our latest release was our song “Where Were You.”  It’s a song that pleads people to reach out to their loved ones before it’s too late. There isn’t anything hidden in the music, but there is an Easter egg in the music video. We started a storyline two projects ago, and in this series, we are being hunted down by an evil corporation that has been experimenting on us. Since then, each music video has an “end credits” scene similar to a Marvel movie.  There are short clips that explain where we are currently in our “comic book world” that allow us to build on to the story. There is one at the end of the “Where Were You” music video.

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

We actually all grew up taking music lessons together. After a few years, we were all playing different instruments, and our dad suggested that we learn cover songs to play together. Once we had a bit of practice playing together, we started performing at open mic nights and talent shows, and we started to write our own music. When we were off school for spring break, we were invited to play a show in Georgia with a band we had met in town. This was our first real show, and on the way home, we told our parents that we wanted to do this for the rest of our lives.

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

We had the chance to go to Welcome to Rockville in 2014, and we saw bands like Asking Alexandria and Bring Me the Horizon. When we saw the way the crowd interacted with them, we knew we wanted to perform the same way they did. After that, our music got heavier, and our crowd interaction became stronger.

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

Right now, we’d love to collaborate with Iann Dior.  We love the melodies in his songs and how he’s used social media to promote himself!

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

We all are big gamers! We also love watching anime and reading and even cooking. We’re lucky to all have pretty similar interests on top of being sisters because we can hang out whenever we want and actually enjoy each other’s company haha!

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?

Our music sounds kind of like if Slipknot and Paramore had a baby. There’s heaviness, but there’s also poppy choruses that will get stuck in your head. We’re not sure that we’ve ever disagreed or cringed to anyone’s comparison of us to another artist before. Usually everyone is really spot on!

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

Maggie or LuLu are usually the ones cooking, while ordering food or boba is CJ’s job. She’s the only one that isn’t indecisive when it comes to food, and we trust her to order something good haha. All of us consistently start random singalongs, but they’re usually acapella and the result of a sugar rush. When it comes to bringing out the acoustic guitar though, CJ is your girl.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

We honestly don’t really get starstruck. We grew up in the music industry, so we’ve learned that celebrities are normal people too.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

We’ve found that the best part of being a musician is the people that we’ve met. We love our listeners and the community that we have created. We started GFM as a way to help people, and the family that has formed by meeting so many people is so heartwarming. That’s a tough question because music is such a big part of our lives. CJ would probably become a full-time gardener, Maggie would probably try her hand at being an author, and LuLu would most likely try Twitch streaming!

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

We’ve been asked a ton of questions, so we don’t think there’s anything left that we haven’t answered haha! We are asked a lot of times which one of us is Gold, which is Frankincense, and which is Myrrh. We always have to tell people that those are not our names!

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?

We don’t think so. Everything we’ve done has taught us something valuable. Even when equipment doesn’t work properly or something wasn’t plugged in right, we learn how to work together or how to do things the right way.

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?

Maybe That’s the Spirit by Bring Me the Horizon. That album had just come out when we saw them live at Rockville, and we listened to that album the entirety of our first tour. Every time we hear any of the songs on it, we’re taken back to being in that van in the heat of summer.






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