Aaron Gillespie will be finding himself behind the drum kit once again this fall as he fills in on Paramore's arena tour. Gillespie has not played drums in a band since he departed from Underøath. Check out a tweet from Paramore below after the jump.
PropertyOfZack is excited to be posting a new Interview with our Artist Of The Week, The Almost. We spoke to Aaron Gillespie from the band regarding their new album, a year long delay, pushing forward in a changed music scene, a new solo LP, and more. Check out the full interview below!
The Almost released a brand new record, Fear Inside Our Bones, just a few weeks ago. The LP was recorded over a year ago, right?
Yeah, it was recorded about a year ago.
There wasn’t a ton of explanation behind that. What was up with the delay?
It’s pretty easy, actually. We just became part of the label game. Universal Republic bought EMI, and Tooth & Nail was owned by EMI. Tooth & Nail bought the company back by themselves. We just had to wait. We couldn’t put it out. We’d either get lost in the mix or wait until everything was finished. All these label mergers and stuff, there was just nothing we could do. We were just in a label game.
That’s always tough, but even more so now when there’s more of an instant demand for music. Was it a big concern for the band?
I think so. People lose interest quick, and we’ve seen that a bit. People aren’t as interested as they would have been if we put it out when we should have. That’s the game you play. We’re in a time where people don’t really buy records anyway unless you’re a popstar, and that’s not in the cards for our band. It is kind of what it is. Labels have to do what they have to do and you have to just wait. What are you going to do about it. I don’t personally have the money to put out a record. You just have to take it as it comes. There’s not always much you can do about it.
Now that the record is out, have you seen excitement from the fans that stuck with you?
There’s no giant buzz about The Almost; it’s not like we’re Sleeping With Sirens or something. It’s going really well, but it’s not a buzz thing. We’re all older guys now, and it’s a very different time in music. It’s the first record I’ve ever put out in my entire career, Underøath included, where I haven’t gotten a bunch of bad reviews. That’s comforting to know.
Are you looking at this period now as a time for the band to fight back?
Yeah, we’re trying. It’s hard to get people re-interested again in a new record. It’s going really well, I think. Touring is always great. I think we’re all excited and dedicated to go down that road.
The band has done a fair amount of touring in 2013 between Finch and Relient K.
Crowds were kind of rough for the Finch shows because the shows were sold out before we were added, but the Relient K dates are perfect. The shows and the crowds are great. It’s a lot of fun.
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Warped let out that Chiodos will be one of the festival’s headliners this year, and that should certainly get fans excited. There are still five or six major bands that have yet to be announced, so there’s certainly more good news coming. However, as much as you may want to laugh and hunt down music by Beebs And Her Money Maker, don’t.
More hell broke loose this past weekend at Rocketown, but not for the reasons Volumes would have liked you to originally believed. At this point, it looks like Michael from Volumes dedicated a song to his gay best friend, at which point nothing controversial happened. It was only later on in the night when Barr decided to join the mosh pit in the crowd while drunk, at which point security removed him from the venue. Fans and the promoter of the show have said that Barr was in fact the one spreading homophobic slurs, not anyone on the Rocketown staff. This is a tricky situation, but more should be out soon.
This is great news for anyone who hoped to grab a copy of Leaving Through The Window but couldn’t for a plethora of reasons. Better news? You’ll soon be able to grab a copy of North on vinyl as well.
Are you stoked? The Front Bottoms’ debut album slowly built and built until they had captured a fairly large audience between support tours and their own headliners. Fans didn’t know until a few weeks ago that the band had plans to record soon, but the good news is that they’re done now. Lets hope for a May release.
Another Two Tongues release was always planned, but it looks like we’re finally getting a little closer. Chris Conley has gone on the record saying that he’ll begin dedicating time to writing Two Tongues jams following the completion of the Saves The Day record, and it looks like Max Bemis will finally be dedicating some more time as well.
Underøath played their final show this past weekend in Florida. Aaron Gillespie, the band’s former drummer and vocalist, joined Underøath on the stage as well for a performance of “Reinventing Your Exit.” The video will bring nothing less than a happy yet sad smile to your face. Enjoy it.
To Write Love On Her Arms have announced the Heavy And Light Tour, which will feature special performances from Now, Now, Aaron Gillespie (The Almost), Bryce Avary (The Rocket Summer), and Anthony Raneri (Bayside), among others. Now, Now and Joe Foreman (Switchfoot) will be playing every night of the tour with other acts playing select cities. Check out the dates below by clicking “Read More.”