Synners… your time is coming. Gemini Syndrome’s Sophomore album “Memento Mori” comes out August 19th, but the band is already on the road promoting and playing cuts off the upcoming 15 track album, including “Remember We Die” which is now available for sale on Amazon & iTunes.
Even though the band played some shows in 2015, we had not seen the band since 2014 when we saw them at four straight World’s Loudest Month festivals including Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Rock on the Range, and Rocklahoma. When the lineup for Chicago Open Air was announced many months ago and we saw the band on the roster, we knew immediately that we had to catch up with them about everything new, as we did, with lead singer Aaron Nordstrom.
Mel: Hey everybody it’s Mischevious Mel here from Rockwell UnScene Music Magazine and Tattoo.com at the first ever Chicago Open Air with the one and only Aaron from Gemini Syndrome. It’s a good thing you guys went on late so we could see you.
Aaron: Yeah we were actually pretty stoked that the rain happened and we went on later than we were supposed to. The crowd was just insane when we went out. It worked out for the best.
Mel: You guys came out with brand new music, you want to tell us a little bit about it?
Aaron: The new album is dropping August 19th, we’re very stoked and we’re very proud of it. It was very organic and it wasn’t forced at all. It’s been a long time coming, it’s been three years since the first record. It’s nice to be able to kind of pour out something new.
Mel: You guys put on a killer f******g set. Security had to call in more people because everyone was body passing.
Aaron: You know, it’s funny because I’m legally blind and I don’t wear my glasses on stage. I just see a sea of people, so I don’t really grasp the chaos that’s going on. I like to hear about it afterwards.
Mel: You have some beautiful, beautiful ink, can you tell me about some of it?
Aaron: Thank you, yeah. I had an allergic reaction to something in my bunk. I had to wash my sheets and stuff so unfortunately they look all f****d up. I have the High Priestess from the Tarot deck, the Hermit from the Tarot deck, Eye of the Pyramids, and of course the Gemini Syndrome logo. This was one I got for my friend who was a Sergeant in the Army who passed away a few years ago. One of my mottos, “Both in yet neither, All in yet none”. I’ve got a couple up here but I can’t pull my sleeves up like that. I’ve got the Jacob’s ladder from the Cabala and my first Kung Fu teacher that passed away a couple years ago who was like a father to me.
Mel: I love that all of your tattoos are spiritual.
Aaron: Everything means something.
Mel: Do you have a favorite tattoo artist?
Aaron: I have a few. Brett out of New Jersey, I think I can show his off. My Preying Mantis, that’s the style of Kung Fu I studied. That’s my most recent one. Justin Lewis out of LA did this one, my buddy Docs did a couple. Christy out of Colorado Springs did the ones up here I can’t pull my sleeves up for. I’ve got a lot of great artists, I’m a collector.
Mel: Do you have any future plans for tattoos?
Aaron: Yeah I want to get some sacred geometry, six pointed star stuff in the ditch which is going to really suck. I plan on getting a few more. I’ll probably cut off at the shoulder. My skin is so pale anyways it’s like a canvas, mind as well use it.
Mel: I’m not against black and white tats or anything, but your shit pops.
Aaron: It’s cool because Brian is all about the black and white thing, and then I’m all about as bright as I can make it. It’s funny because we have a lot of the same tattoos. He has a Jacob’s ladder on his other calve, and he’s getting the Hermit. We have all these similar tattoos but we get them in different styles.
Mel: That’s very cool. Do you feel like your music is like that?
Aaron: Yeah I think that’s the whole point of Gemini Syndrome, the duality.
Mel: I know we took up a lot of your time, so thank you so much.
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