Chicago-based indie-psych-dance up and comers, Gemini Club have been tearing up their local scene with a notoriously infectious live show. But now they’re ready to take it to the big stage. After joining the rapidly expanding Red Bull Sound Select team two years back these guys have had a chance to push their sound into something beyond genre defining and into the realm of genre creation. Their latest release ‘Fret & Regret’ marks a strong step into this realm, and with more on the way you’ll be hearing much more from these guys very soon. Take a dive into their minds!
“There isn’t a specific person in mind when I say “dress up for the weekend and try to fake it. Try to be on your own now,” but it’s safe to say we all do. “
• While you guys haven’t released new material in recent months you now hit us with ‘Fret & Regret’ such a sweeping and anthemic song, what was the inspiration behind this track?
Lyrically, it’s a little more scathing. I think the content stems from getting a bit older and realizing that the idea of “fun” isn’t what it used to be. That isn’t to say I’m in bed at 9 with milk and cookies reading the New Yorker, it’s just to say that I’ve grown tired of hearing party-animal clique types pretending that life will just work out. There isn’t a specific person in mind when I say “dress up for the weekend and try to fake it. Try to be on your own now,” but it’s safe to say we all do.
What’s interesting, is the bass groove was written over a year ago and we slowly built the song from there. At some point after trying to write choruses and new parts Dan and I were like, what if we just keep the bass line going through the whole song? I always liked how Anton Newcombe could pull the same chord progression for an entire song and once we locked in the verse and chorus melodies it started to take shape. I think Fret and Regret covers all of our sonic motifs, and pushes them a bit further in a bigger more polished way.
This band is looking sharp!

This band is looking sharp!

• What were you able to do differently while making this track compared to previous productions?
We were able to record at Red Bull studios in Santa Monica for the second time with a great engineer, James Musshorn, who can make our ideas quickly obtainable. It’s really nice to say “let’s run that synth through a Marshall JCM-800” and have him counter with “we should also run it through gained-up Vox AC-30.” The access we had to mics, outboard gear and expertise on this record was certainly different than our own studio, where we still record the bulk of material. In fact, all of our vocals we’re recorded at our own studio, and I love the way they sound. Your voice sounds different at home than it does when you’re away.
“I still have woozy memories of stumbling out of Dan’s apartment on Pine Grove after fairly drunken, but intensely productive sessions.” 
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• From the listeners perspective it’s easy to hear how Gemini Club has progressed through the years, is that something you consciously push for or have sound changes developed more organically?
Future Tidings was more reckless and brash, and we were exploring the process of recording. I still have woozy memories of stumbling out of Dan’s apartment on Pine Grove after fairly drunken, but intensely productive sessions. Everything was new. Here We Sit kept the dance elements, and wasn’t as visceral, but there were more emotionally intense moments for me and I find that album to be a mixture of very dark and bright times. Our newest effort is a reflection of all of the ups and downs we’ve had as a band both emotionally and sonically. It has the rawness we found in the first EP and the refined, wider sounding polish of the second EP, but it’s even bigger this time around and I think our best work yet.
• Should we look forward to more tracks in this vibe coming soon, or was it a one-off piece of inspiration?
We have an entire 5 song EP mastered and done and I’d expect for there to be much more new music to come. In fact, we’re coming close to finishing three more I really, really like, so Im’, pretty thrilled at where we’re at creatively.
• Gemini Club has stirred up Chicago with live shows for years now, for a GC virgin what sets your live shows apart?
 
I think our live shows set us apart because of our enthusiasm. We try to treat each show like it might be our last, so with that in mind we really put all of our energy into the performance.
• What venue would you love to have a chance to play this song at in the future?
 
There are so many! Madison Square Garden?

Inspiration for ‘Fret & Regret’:

We were lucky enough to get a handful of songs that helped shape ‘Fret & Regret’ and their entire upcoming ep!

 

LCD Soundsystem – Movement 

Radiohead – The National Anthem 

The Zombies – She’s not there

Foals – Providence 

Broadcast – Unchanging Window / Chord Simple 

Thanks for tuning in be sure to go check out the rest of Gemini Club’s portfolio for some of the freshest the world of psych-indie has to offer. And be sure to check them out on Red Bull Sound Select for the latest in their upcoming release and shows!

Gemini Club on Red Bull Sound Select

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