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INTERVIEW: Gabriel and the Apocalypse

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

LINDY- We are well thank you. Staying busy and getting ready for tour!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Thrill of the Kill”?

LINDY- Absolutely! “Thrill of The Kill” was one of the last songs written for The Ghost Parade record. We felt it was a special song, one that stood out on the record, we knew it would end up being one of the singles and such a fun song to play live!

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

LINDY- I’m involved and passionate about animal rights and that is something I had never written about before. I wrote the song about animal cruelty, how it effects me and how I want to show people that they are involved in animal cruelty if you are purchasing products that test on animals or any company that exploits animals. “Can you feel it, like I feel it? Let me show you, Flowing through you.”

I’ve learned that most people are not aware or informed and it was my goal to put a spotlight on the subject and get the information out there.

How was the film experience?

LINDY- I wanted the video to have a message, to make a big statement about what the song meant lyrically. For the music video we narrowed down the video concept to animal testing, the concept portrays the horrific animal testing methods that are still commonly used today. We used the sexy girls to lure the audience and then bang! You can’t stop watching it even at times it gets uncomfortable to watch. The filming experience was smooth, we shot everything in 3 full days, everything was timed and scheduled out. We really pushed the limits with this one and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

The single comes off your new album The Ghost Parade – what’s the story behind the title?

LINDY- I wanted the title to have “Ghost” in it because the record concept stems from the idea of society turning into ghosts.

Having me on the the cover by myself represents the personal and vulnerable side to the record.

How was the recording and writing process?

LINDY- This is our first record under a label. We never had time lines for any of our previous records, so working with time lines on your back was stressful at times but we are a band that works really hard and when it come to grind time we get things done.

We tracked most of it at our home studio and my vocals we we tracked at F5 Soundhouse in Minneapolis.

How has your musical upbringing influence you as an artist?

It has and continues to influence and inspire me. I still only really listen to the bands I grew up listening to. As of yet I haven’t discovered a “current”band that has moved me in the way the music I grew up listen to has.

What role does Marilyn Manson and the 90s music plays on the band?

90’s music plays a huge influence on GATA. I just feel 90’s music was raw, passionate and had a message, it conveyed a certain emotion, a realness and honesty with no apologies. A magical energy and a sincerity that we strive to bring back to music. I mean you would have never scene Nirvana or NIN posing with a MONSTER can or telling you to buy a certain clothing line, now all the rock bands are doing that and it’s so disappointing, I could never bring myself to do that. Do what you do and like what you like but don’t do that because someone is paying you to do that, the bands I grew up listening to called that selling out.

What aspect of Ghosts did you get to explore on this record? Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

LINDY- The idea of Ghosts came to me and inspired me in 2 ways. One being as a society I feel we have become ghosts, we don’t question anything,  we are on our phones not paying attention to the person in front of us, we are consumed with social media and reality shows, superficial BS that doesn’t matter in the end,  that doesn’t contribute anything to the world. And I challenge people to think about what they contribute, we consume and consume but how do we give back? We need to wake up from this ghost like state and focus on things that truly matter and count.

And on the 2nd half of it was in a personal way. I was with someone who had a heroin addiction that with all that I am I tried to save. I knew nothing about that world but seeing it first hand was sad, emotionally and physically draining. I basically saw the person I loved turn into a ghost and no matter what I did or tried I just could’t save him. It fueled so many emotions, I had never been to personal in my lyrics before but I needed to be honest and let everything out even though I felt so exposed doing so.

Any plans to hit the road?

LINDY- YES! Will be on tour this summer with Wednesday 13 and Once Human! We also have plans for a fall tour as well.

What else is happening next in Gabriel and the Apocalypse’s world?

LINDY- Keep on touring and working on new music.

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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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