Gates: Their Passion for Music and Bloom & Breathe DiscussionDecember 9th, 2014 by Patrick Marion
PM: Tell me about this tour. What inspired it?
D: Basically we did 5 days out with Pianos Become Teeth. We did like New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Buffalo, and there was one more; New York! That was the good one. That was the release show. So we had 10 days in between and now we’re doing the full U.S. and we’re doing a bunch of headlining shows to get us out to the West coast to meet up with Foxing. They’re super cool. We’ve hung out with them before and it should be a lot of fun. So we are on day two right now and we’re heading out to Nebraska tomorrow which will be a good time.
E: It was also crucial for us as well in the scheme of ‘Bloom & Breathe,’ our new record. We knew that we needed to do a full U.S. tour and we needed to give this record the proper push we thought it deserved. So in that respect, it was very important for this tour and for us to make it happen for this record.
PM: You guys just recently released ‘Bloom & Breathe’ and the reception so far has been absolutely amazing. It’s one of my favorite albums of the year. How’s it been with the reception being so overwhelmingly positive?
D: I think the reception so far has been amazing. Mike, our bass player, and myself did the artwork and that premiered before the actual music and that got an amazing response in itself which we were really excited about. The whole thing was really process driven and it was the last thing we did. We recorded everything and really digested the record and then went and did the artwork. But, I think overall the whole process with recording, artwork, and the whole rollout was just something we were really happy with. We’re ready to be playing these new songs and going on tour with it. We’re really excited.
PM: What were the main influences that you guys had writing this album? What inspired it to take the direction that it did?
K: Inspiration? First of all I think we were all inspired by each other. We wanted to do something greater than we’ve achieved previous to this. We really wanted to do something where we played off each others strengths and really learn how each of us played. We wanted to know what each person’s writing style was and play on that as opposed to playing over it. I feel like sometimes in the past it’s been like, ‘well everyone’s kinda doing something at once.’ We really focused on the song and each person’s abilities and styles. For that I think we did a really good job and I feel really great about what we did there with moving forward.
Lyrically? Life, to me, inspired this record. It’s more personal than my past lyrics. It’s less overarching and I just had certain things going on in my life at the time that I just had to get off my chest. As far as lyrics are concerned my influence was just life in general. Living it and feeling like you’re living it to the fullest, that every day you’re doing what you should be doing. There’s a fear of dying and not being completely satisfied with what you’ve done with your life the second before you die. It was one of those things that hit me hard and I honed in on that.
PM: Just to get to know you guys a little bit better, what have been your favorite albums of 2014?
M: Tycho’s album ‘Awake’ is one I thought was really great. The new Pianos Become Teeth record I’ve been listening to a lot and I’m really into that one.
PM: Going along with the last question, what are some of your favorite bands that you don’t think people would expect you to listen to?
D: In the van sometimes we will put on ‘Hybrid Theory’ by Linkin Park. It’s just an immaculate record. Obviously we don’t sound anything like that, but it just brings us back and it’s a cool nostalgic factor. We rock out. When we’re driving real late we’ll pop that on and we’re just having a blast. Also some goofy playlists where we will put on some throwbacks.
PM: If you guys could assemble a dream tour with bands, dead or alive, who would you pick?
E: Probably Explosions In The Sky. That would be an easy pick. That would be the perfect tour. Just Gates and Explosions In The Sky. Haha.
PM: On this tour, what places are you looking forward to going to the most?
E: I think I can speak for a few of us when I say we are excited about getting to British Columbia for Vancouver. We’ve played Canada like 3 or 4 times but just over in our area in Toronto and Montreal. To play Vancouver is just going to be crazy. The whole pacific area/Northwest, we have a lot of friends out there in Seattle and stuff. Pure Noise Records, who put out our last two records, are from San Francisco and it’s always cool to play there. And Lincoln, Nebraska because that’s my hometown!
PM: Last question; was there ever a time in your life where you thought that music wasn’t your passion? Or that music wasn’t something you wanted to do for the rest of your life?
D: I think sometimes I struggle with that now. You see all of your friends who are working-class, saving up, and working on their 401K and we’re still doing our music thing. While it’s still awesome, sometimes you get a little discouraged. I’m super pumped on the new record and that revived the whole passion for music for me. Sometimes you feel like you shouldn’t be doing it, but other times you feel like it’s exactly what you should be doing and it’s a tradeoff. Being in your late 20’s and doing this, it’s a crucial time.