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INTERVIEW: Gears

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

We’ve been great! Just enjoying time with our families for the holidays.

Can you tell us more about the story behind your track ¨Face Down¨?

It’s basically about Social Media and how people portray themselves on it, contrary to what the truth about them may be. Then, when a moment of anger, whether it be something going wrong personally, maybe when they’ve had a few drinks or something like that, might cause them to post something from the “real” them. But, once some time passes, you go back and they’ve taken whatever the rant may have been down because it disagrees with the fake portrayal that they try to pose.

Did any event in particular inspire the song?

I don’t think that there’s just one event, I mean, it happens everyday all over Social Media.

The single comes off your new EP Pride Before The Fall – what´s the story behind the title?

Basically, it’s just a reminder to stay humble. Everyone is going to have their triumphs and their defeats in life. It’s all about how you manage them. Appreciate the victories, learn from the defeats, but don’t ever put too much stock on either side. “Pride Comes Before the Fall” is definitely a record that would’ve never been made had we taken the ups to the head and the downs to the heart.

How was the recording and writing process?

It was really relaxed and enjoyable. We did this record with Corey Lowery again. I just really trust his ear, he’s a great songwriter and we’re pretty close, so he is aware of the direction we want to go in and what we hope to achieve. We’ve known each other for years so it’s super comfortable working with him. We started out passing ideas back and forth and when we finally went to Atlanta to his studio, the record moved very smoothly. Trip and I had so much that we could write about that the lyrical content just revealed itself almost in casual conversations between Trip, Corey and myself. Then Troy McLawhorn came in and killed it to put the finishing touches on the leads and BOOM….we had “Pride Comes Before the Fall.”

Did the horrible accident you went through influence the lyrics on this record?

In a way, sure. Is there a particular song, specifically about that event, nah. The band’s experiences will always play a role in what we write about, as will politics, religion, life, and anything else. It brings us back to the previous question you asked; we have to manage our triumphs as well as our defeats.

What did you learn from that experience?

We didn’t miss any show despite that accident. We all had pretty tough injuries to deal with, some we still deal with today, but we had that “whatever it takes” mentality. I think it taught us that there’s always going to be obstacles to overcome and that you do whatever you can to beat them and stay on track.

Any plans to hit the road?

Of Course! Touring is always our priority. We love to get out there and play for people, I mean, that’s what it’s supposed to be about, right?! We’re planning a short little winter run in February and hit the road hard in May.

What else is happening next in GEARS´ world?

Lots of cool stuff in the works.   We just released the first single “Face Down” a little over a month ago and it’s doing great at radio. The EP came out in November and we’re getting great response to it. Just looking forward to playing some more shows and releasing another single in early spring. Thanks for taking the time out and for all the support.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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