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Gemini Syndrome vocalist on band's message, touring, upcoming full album
Written By  NEIL SHUMATE
Gemini Syndrome exudes a sense of dark mysticism with the five-member band's implementation of neolithic proto-
writing. Tool and Mudvayne are bands that have also incorporated the use of symbolic depictions into their artistry, but
Gemini Syndrome stands alone with their approach. Since signing with Warner Bros. Records, the Los Angeles band
has released three singles: "Pleasure and Pain," "Left Of Me," and "Basement." The band plans to release a debut full
length album this summer. Traveling across the country since forming in 2010, fans (affectionately coined "Synners")
are heralding the impact of the band's message and live presence. While on his way to the band's next tour stop with
Device and Nonpoint, Gemini Syndrome frontman Aaron Nordstrom spoke to
Out Of The Blue.

OOTB: What’s currently happening with the band? The band recently ended a tour with Mushroomhead and you’ve
been on the road pretty much nonstop since February.
Yeah, we’ve been touring. We’ve been out with Device and Nonpoint since the beginning of April and we’ll be out with
them until the end of May. This bands been touring pretty heavily for three years.

OOTB: Touring with Dave Draiman, is there a story you could share that made you connect with this tour?
Going up on stage with him has been monumental to me; we’re from the same town. The first day we were out, we
hadn’t even played yet, he called me to the bus and he was like, “I would like to create comradery as my brethren and
I’d like you to do a song with me.” I was very honored by that.

OOTB: What song do you perform together?
We’re doing “A Part Of Me.”

OOTB: Gemini Syndrome combines music with symbolism.
The symbolism and everything is just a way to kind of tie in the audio with artwork. Symbols tend to resound with
people on a very subconscious level. It’s the oldest form of communication on the planet. I think tying those in with
different tunes and different messages they’re in makes it more powerful for the listener to grasp onto on one level.

OOTB: With the band as whole, would you consider the band’s message to be philosophical?
A lot of is about the human condition. Finding balance in your own life and comfort in your own skin. Trying to remind
people of this connectivity that we have as people.  

OOTB: Who stands out as your personal favorite philosopher or writer that you admire?
There’s an author named Robert Anton Wilson who passed away a few years ago, but he wrote extensively about
conspiracies, enlightenment, human condition and stuff. He’s definitely my favorite author. I’m a firm believer in
questioning everything.

OOTB: When you’re writing, do you try to be vague with those topics or are you more personal?
A little bit of both I’d say. A lot of it’s taken direct from my personal experiences, but I definitely want it to be ambiguous
so people can make their own interpretation and apply it to their own life. All of the great music that I grew up listening
to that I loved was I think specific to whoever was writing it, but I think was there at a time where I could relate it
directly to my life and my situation.

OOTB: Is there a specific song that stands out that kind of brings wear and tear on you when you re-experience what
you sing about live on stage?
Basement is about that. It’s about growing up with albinism and being a teenager with that in the world and not being
comfortable with myself yet and trying to find a comfortable spot to live the rest of my life in. Like any situation, I try to
make the best out of it.

OOTB: Does that make it difficult to perform live?
Certain days of the tour are more emotional than others for sure. It’s something I love, if anything it’s therapeutic.

OOTB: Having a wide range of musical influences, how did you find your own distinct sound as a vocalist?
I played classical, a little jazz. My mom’s a jazz, big band singer, gospel singer. I was definitely raised around all sorts
of music. I think getting my own particular sound came when I started singing in this band and not playing guitar. I was
able to focus on just my performance as a singer. Especially when were in the studio recording the record, it really
dialed itself in during that process.

OOTB: If you could pair with one vocalist who would that be?
I don’t know if I could answer that and narrow it down to just one. I’ve had the blessing to sing with David Draiman on
this tour, I got to sing with Mushroomhead on the last tour. I love singing with anybody, especially if they’re willing to
give me the opportunity to share the stage with them.

OOTB: Being a multi-instrumentalist, what input did you have in the studio when recording the album?
I’ve played piano since I was a little kid, played guitar for almost twenty years, percussion for about twenty years and
singing my whole life. My input in the studio was mostly vocal. There was a little bit of teamwork here and there with
stuff. The way this band functions, when we’re in our creative process everybody is willing to give ideas with
respective instruments and let everybody do what they do.

OOTB: The album steers in different directions and combines different tones within each song. Is there one particular
genre that you would prefer to focus on, or is the band’s goal to bring variations?
I very much like the variation. Our goal with this record as an introduction was to get as broad of a spectrum as we
could in one album so that in the future we have the ability to go anywhere we want without having it be totally out of
left field. If we decide to do an acoustic record someday or a predominately heavy record it won’t come out as a
surprise to people.

OOTB: What’s next for Gemini Syndrome? You mentioned a summer release for the band’s full length album?
We’re shooting for July-August. Somewhere in the summer time. We’re putting all the last pieces in for it. And more
touring, touring, touring.

Gemini Syndrome will take the Jagermeister Stage at Rock On The Range in Columbus, Ohio's Crew Stadium on
Saturday, May 18 at 12:20 p.m.
Gemini Syndrome performs next weekend at ROTR 2013. (Photo Courtesy of Warner Bros.)