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INTERVIEW: Gone Quite Mad

Answered by Christopher Gesualdi (vox)

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

We’ve been great. Thanks for having us, appreciate it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Neptune”?

Nick touted this a “fundamental rock song in our style.” Folks into prominent acts, i.e. Jack White or Foo Fighters, will be intrigued, as well as those more inclined to seek out the more progressive or jam-oriented. While “Neptune” is built around a central, ballsy blues rock riff, the song soon travels to fresh places.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

From the lyrical side, I’d been watching a ton of Neil Degrasse Tyson’s ‘Cosmos’ and became enamored with the thought that while I’m here, it’s likely that a sizable fraction of human beings will be experiencing life in remote lands. I looked create a familiar yet distance scene of courtship and sport, within the gaps between the raw avalanche of the song’s main guitar riff.

Why name the album after this track in particular?

We fell into it to be honest. My cousin heads a digital media firm and made us a dope cover that was originally intended to be just for the single itself. Once seeing the final version we felt it was justified to make it the cover of the full EP, which allowed “Neptune” to backdoor its way into not only the name of the EP, but also the title track. We all love the tune, so no one objected to its new found prominence.

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How was the recording and writing process?

Our writing is very organic – it naturally stems from ideas discovered during improv jams or chord progressions that Nick has already chased on his own. The fine tuning of these ideas always takes place in our studio full band, feeding off the collaboration and filling in the gaps of one another’s respective parts.

Engineer Ted Young, who has recorded 3 different releases for us to this point, always makes the recording process one to look forward to. This was a 2 day affair, where showed up at 2 pm on a Saturday and tracked everything until about midnight, then met the following Sunday as Ted mixed the work amongst our feedback. The meat of this release was recorded live, as there is an intensity during live performance that we strive to capture on record.

Did any bands influenced this album in particular?

While it’s tough to tie distinct influences to these specific songs, here are a few of the bands who respective members have really been impacted by: Rage Against the Machine, Pink Floyd, Phish, Umphrey’s McGee, Primus, The Beatles, Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Cream.

What inspired you to write the story of this record?

I am lyrically inspired by the topics that help define my own story: love/companionship – whether chasing or losing it, nostalgia, motivation, admiration, impulsivity. No matter how far away I try to go, my own experiences have some tie to the storytelling, no matter how exaggerated or distorted a character may take it.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, within the United States. We are currently booking for later this spring, where we will have a stretch of ~15 dates from the mid-atlantic up into the northeast, within the vague vicinity of NYC where we are based.

What else is happening next in Gone Quite Mad’s world?

We are currently storyboarding a music video for one of the remaining songs on the EP and eagerly look forward to how it will soon come to life.

We are always writing our next record, so we are continually excited about the where our new material is going. We’ve completed 2 songs since the recording of this latest EP, and are debating whether to release another EP or position these for a longer album. I’m more inclined to get less tracks out more quickly, but I can be swayed with bribes.

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