Gemini Syndrome recently wrapped up its latest live run in support of its new album, but the band’s live schedule is not over yet.
The band is scheduled to perform at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sept. 10 in Danville, VA. Tickets for the concert are available here.
Front man Aaron Nordstrom said in a prepared statement, he and his band mates are anticipating the group’s performance.
“After all that the world has been through, it will be nice to be part of the communion of synners once again,” he said. “See you all soon!”
Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments.
“It’s great to get back out and visit with our brothers and sisters again,” said Medina. “Now more than ever we could all use music and human contact to balance out the pandemic, murder hornets & Pentagon UFO videos.”
Gemini Symdrome’s new album, 3rd Degree — The Raising is scheduled for release Oct. 15 through Century Media Records. The album’s track listing is noted below.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Broken Reflection’ is another heavy, melodic hard rock composition from the band. The richness of the instrumentation alongside front man Aaron Nordstrom’s powerhouse vocals makes the song’s overall musical content fully engaging and entertaining. When it is paired with the song’s lyrical theme, the items collectively make the song that much more appealing to audiences.
Nordstrom said in a prepared statement, the song’s lyrical theme is meant to address how humans see themselves and each other.
“‘Broken Reflection’ focuses on the concept of Indra’s net. Basically saying that every consciousness is a crystal in a net or web and they all reflect the reflections from all the other crystals,” said Nordstrom. “The thing about mirrors is, they don’t always reflect the image back exactly the way it appears. Sometimes the mirror can alter what you’re experiencing versus what’s actually there. ‘Broken Reflection’ is a state of being in a sense. We are all trying to show the best versions of ourselves, but we need to master those versions inside before we can present the perfect image and not have it be confused for something illusory.”
Drummer Brian Steele Medina expanded on Nordstrom’s comments with his own statement about the song’s lyrical theme.
“Generation after generation we build an ever growing structure higher and higher upon itself. Are we building it on a solid foundation or not is the question. Are we building towards something better? Or are we slowly building a faulty structure that is doomed to collapse?” said Medina on “Broken Reflection”’s deeper meaning. “It’s the idea that we can take everything given to us in this world: Education, Tradition, Religion, Politics, the entire structure of society, and we can do it all right down to the smallest detail, and yet, still not be fulfilled. It’s the idea that ultimately, the only way to live a life of purpose, is to follow our internal compass and forge our own way.”
The song’s lyrical theme follows the bigger theme that spans the album’s songs. Nordstrom discussed that overarching theme during a recent interview.
“The album is about death and rebirth. Finding your true self and fostering its growth so as to help build the world better than we inherited it,” he said. “In the process of this record I made some major life choices. Mainly to stop killing myself slowly with alcohol. Two years without a drink, and a couple near death experiences later, I think I have ample experience to talk about a subject as elusive as death.”
Added Nordstrom, “Our hope is that through sharing our experiences, lessons learned, and battles overcome, that we can help others to examine their own consciousness. Their role in the world in its almost infinite capacity, and to help remind each other that we are ALL in this together. We are a family, and when we are United in our commonality, we can achieve things worthy of the attention of the GODS. If you want to change the world, quietly go to work on yourself.”
The full track listing for 3rd Degree — The Raising is noted below.
3rd Degree – The Raising Track Listing:
3-Die With Me
4-Baptized In Fire
5-Children of the Sun
8-Sum Quod Eris
9-Best of Me
11-Hold the Line
12-Where We Started From
In other news, Gemini Syndrome wrapped up an extensive tour in support of its new album Aug. 15. The band still has another live performance scheduled. The band is scheduled to perform live at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sept. 10 in Danville, VA. Tickets for the concert are available here.
More information on Gemini Syndrome’s new album, single, video and live appearances is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Up-and-coming rock band Sinshrift is scheduled to release its debut album next month. The band is also scheduled to perform at this year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival right around the time of the festival. The album has already produced one single and a companion video for that song. So needles to say this band is off to a strong start. As things pick up, front man Trenton Valenzuela took some time Tuesday to talk with Phil’s Picks about everything that the band has going on. Valenzuela’s interview with Phil’s Picks is featured here.
PP: First off, congratulations on the new record deal. What does it mean to you all as a band to be able to say you are signed to a label? Did you have any potential deals in the works with any other labels prior to signing with Godsize? What really stands out about Godsize to you that made you want to sign with the company?
TV: Thank you very much! We chose to be with Godsize because it afforded us the opportunity to be on a label with major distribution, but most importantly, the ability for us to put a face to a name and actually know individuals that are working alongside us. We’re surrounded by an amazing team of bright individuals that love music as much as we do. It’s not everyday that you get to go to work with people you actually like, we’re super lucky!
PP: According to the news release that announced the new deal, you all also have a new album on the way in September. Now maybe I missed the information in the release, but I didn’t see any information specifying an exact release date or much else about the album. Considering we’re almost into September, it would seem that a release date would be in order, so what can you say about that? How many songs in total will the album feature?
TV: The album will be released on September 10th, and it features ten songs! We’re super excited for everyone to hear the material!
PP: Talk to me about the topics that the album addresses in its lyrical themes. Are they from personal perspectives, or from other sources?
TV: Lyrically speaking it comes from a personal place, and also draws inspiration from things going on in the world around me. I feel that the album goes through a roller coaster of emotions. I hope that when people hear the album, it makes them feel something.
PP: Along with announcing the new album, the release that the media received also announced the premiere of the video for the album’s lead single, ‘Run.’ The song’s musical arrangement is easily comparable to so much music from your more well-known mainstream counterparts. So what has the reaction been so far from radio outlets and audiences in general to the song?
TV: The song has been very well received! People seem to be very excited about it, and we’re thrilled!
PP:The news release that announced the debut of the video also didn’t mention anything in the way of what the song is about, lyrically. I listened closely to the song. It sounded, from what I could tell, to center on maybe a broken relationship. Am I somewhere in the ballpark with that interpretation or completely off in the stands?
TV: It’s got a lot of things going on in that song, even though it’s pretty straight forward! We like the listener to take away whatever they want out of a song, that’s what makes music fun.
PP: Going back for a moment to your new record deal, Godsize A&R rep Scott Rose had been watching you guys “for years.” Is that something that you can confirm? Has the connection between you all and Godsize really gone back that far? If that’s the case, then when did talks between the band and label really start up about the record deal?
TV: My guitarist John, and I would catch Scott perform live with his band Rikets when they would come through Arizona. We’ve known Scott for many years, he has done just about everything in the business and has always been super transparent and honest with us about how this whole thing works. He’s a brilliant individual, and a great friend.
PP: Changing gears, you all are going to get some major attention next month at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival Sept. 9-12 in Danville, VA. That is as long as concerns over COVID don’t end up causing it to get shut down. The festival is sold out, too, meaning you are likely to have a lot of eyes and ears when you tentatively take the stage. You all are going to be with some very well-known company, too, in regards to the up-and-coming bands, as well as some more well-known acts on the bill. What does it mean to you all as a band to be featured as part of the rich lineup for such a respected music festival?
TV: Having the ability to perform at the Blue Ridge Rock Festival is a huge blessing. Their team has put together a once in a lifetime lineup, and to be a part of that is very special. We look forward to working with the BRRF crew for many years to come, they’re great people!
PP: Staying on that topic a little bit longer, your live schedule looks at least to me, to not be overly busy right now. So are you all going to have time to catch other bands at the festival? If so, which band(s) are you really looking forward to seeing?
TV: We have a show celebrating the release of our album on September 3rd at Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, and then the following week we will be hitting the festival. We’re looking forward to seeing as many of the bands as possible. As noted earlier, the lineup is deep and has everything that you would want at a rock festival, including an on-site club experience! Luda!
PP: On a related noted, I brought up earlier the up-and-coming bands like yourselves who are on the bill for the festival. Which of the up-and-coming acts that you’ll be joining really catch or have caught your ear and why?
TV: There’s a ton of great bands, to name a few is very difficult… Major Moment is a band to look out for, they have a ton of potential, in my opinion. Redefind are label mates of ours, and they just put out an EP entitled ‘Images’ that has some great songs. We’re looking forward to meeting those guys!
PP: I mentioned earlier that the Blue Ridge Rock Festival will happen as long as it doesn’t get shut down by the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you have any concerns about those impacts, even being so close to the festival? A lot of major acts across the board have recently cancelled or postponed their tours, citing concerns about the pandemic, so I wanted to get your thoughts on everything going on, especially with this band really just starting to get national attention.
TV: There’s always a level of concern in regards to the pandemic, but I believe the organizers at BRRF will do everything they can to ensure everyone can remain safe and have a good time! We will navigate these waters as best as we can with the ongoing pandemic; the fans, our crew, and venue staff will always come first in regards to safety.
PP: I wanted to reach back to your new album as I close this out. You’ve already debuted the video for your new album’s lead single. Again, unless I missed it in the release announcing the new album and video, I didn’t see anything about the single itself being available to download and/or stream. So what is the status on that matter? Additionally, what is the band’s plan in terms of singles? Do you have a set number of singles for the album or will that decision come as you go along?
TV: Our lead single “Run” is under review for possible inclusion on some playlists, so unfortunately it won’t be up on streaming platforms and other DSP’s until we figure out what’s going on there. We have a lot of great songs on the album that have tremendous potential, so we will release singles and videos as needed.
Thank you so much for the time, guys. Good luck with your upcoming live dates, especially that performance planned for the Blue Ridge Rock Festival.
Thank you for your time, we truly appreciate it!
More information on the band’s live schedule, its new album, single, and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
This year’s Blue Ridge Rock Festival has sold out.
The announcement was made Wednesday in a press release. That means all 160,000 of the festival’s tickets are sold.
The festival was canceled last year dye to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Set to take place Sept. 9-12 at the Blue Ridge Amphitheater in Danville, VA, this year’s festival, which is presented by Purpose Driven Events, features an extensive lineup consisting of more than 180 bands. Among that series of acts scheduled to perform are groups, such as P.O.D., Rob Zombie (who is working on a new big screen adaptation of The Munsters), and Sabaton.
Purpose Driven Events Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Slye announced the sellout through social media.
“ROCK’s NOT DEAD. 160,000. Just 4 Days after releasing our Full Lineup, Blue Ridge Rock Festival 2021 is now Sold Out. THANK YOU,” he said. “We will never stop listening to you, fighting for you, breaking the status quo, and innovating to curate a Festival that we truly hope becomes the highlight of your year–every year. This Festival was not built on business, it was founded on YOU. It was constructed to harness the passionate love we share for Rock & Metal, to bring unity and joy to the masses. We may be small, we may be young, but something special is happening here. We are The FAN DRIVEN Rock Experience. Our Underdog Story Lives On…”
The festival’s lineup is noted below in alphabetical order.
10 Years, A Day To Remember
All Good Things
All That Remains
Another Day Dawns
Anthrax (40th Anniversary)
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Body Count (feat. Ice-T)
Brand Of Sacrifice
Breaking Benjamin (only festival performance of 2021)
Burden Of The Sky
Corrosion of Conformity
Crown The Empire
Cypress Hill (30th Anniversary)
D.R.U.G.S. (first show in nearly a decade)
Escape The Fate
Falling In Reverse
Fame on Fire
Fire From The Gods
Fit For A King
Five Finger Death Punch
From Ashes To New
The Ghost Inside (rare comeback show)
Ice Nine Kills
I Prevail (only show of 2021)
Lamb of God
Light The Torch
Miss May I
Motionless In White
P.O.D. (performing their multi-platinum album “Satellite” in its entirety for its 20th anniversary)
Papa Roach (playing “Infest” in its entirety + greatest hits)
Philip Anselmo & The Illegals (Performing Pantera’s Greatest Hits)