Friday, July 13, 2012
the Gestalts ***New Interview***
the Gestalts are an awesome band out of Indiana. They have only released a few demo tracks, but have been in a shit ton of other bands. They have an awesome live set and have played shows with all their friends. They also tour, mostly on the weekends. I got Max and Joe to tell their story...
Max- guitar. County employee. Record packer.
How did you come up with the name?
It came from the Theodore Sturgeon novel 'More Than Human', in which "homo-gestalt"-- a next step in human evolution develops in which humans work in specialized roles in small groups to create a combined being that is greater than the sum of it's parts. That's kinda the way you want a band to operate when it's at its best.
How did the band start?
Joe: Max, TJ and I started talking about starting a band back when we did a punk pirate fm and podcast show (terrorista tuesday/thursday, militia mondays, etc on chiguiro.org) together every week. After Max's return from touring with the Hudson Falcons and a stint living in Texas he and I started focusing on the label we started, Oi! the Boat Records, and I think that kicked us in gear to finally act on starting the band. Trent was quickly asked to be on drums and our friend Mike Prickett was enlisted on bass. Mike was along for the ride for the first couple months of writing and practice, but some family issues forced him to move out of state. We asked Kris if he'd be down to replace Mike and he fit in from day one.
Joe: I like stuff ranging from Cock Sparrer to Anti Heroes to Grinderman. Stiff Little Fingers to Dead Boys to Evil Conduct. Nips, Beltones, The Saints, Chiswick stuff to the Specials. Live, we've covered songs by the Regulations, Ramones, Buzzcocks, Dead Boys. I'll leave up to someone else to decide what we sound like we are influenced by, cause I haven't been able to nail it down. I've been listening to a lot of Sharp Objects lately and I know TJ and Max are on a Modern Action kick.
What was the punk scene like in Indiana?
It was ok, it is getting better.
Joe: "Was?" is that loaded? If you're asking about the late 70s/early 80s, we had ZERO BOYS out of Indy, DOW JONES and the INDUSTRIALS out of our home town of Lafayette. TJ just did the artwork for the Dow Jones rereleases. If you're in to punk rock history, especially in less talked about places you should head to chiguiro.org and listen to "Militia Mondays #9: Lafayette Punk Rock 101". We got together and did 2 hours talking about and playing dozens of tracks from the first 30 years of punk in our town a couple years back.
Describe the song writing process...
We're kinda all over in terms of how we write at this point. Being relatively new still we're figuring out how we work best together.
What have you released?
Joe: some demo tracks online. A split with Noi!se from Tacoma, Washington. A christmas song for the CASHING IN ON CHRISTMAS LP. We have a few compilation appearances coming up (7" and 12")
Who are some of the bands you have done shows with?
Joe: As the Gestalts- Brassknuckle Boys, MInivans, Brothers Gross, Happy Thoughts, etc. We played with The Old Firm Casuals, H8 inc. Played the 2000 Tons of TnT fest in CT with bands like Cockney Rejects, Forced Reality, Slaughter and the Dogs, Patriot, Green Room Rockers, Chosen Ones, Evil Conduct, The Business, Gonads, Red Alert, Sheer Terror, and more.
We've been members in bands like Happy Thoughts, Minivans, Hudson Falcons, Brassknuckle Boys, City Water Bandits (and many more) and have all played a lot of shows a lot of places.
Have you toured?
Joe: Only weekend stints of a few days.
Do you prefer small clubs or large venues?
Small, smoky bars.
Joe: I prefer small clubs with large venue sound.
Is there a favorite band you like to do shows with?
Stiff little fingers.
Is there a favorite place you like to do shows at?
Anywhere over seas.
What do you see is the future of the Gestalts?
Lots of songs under 2 minutes in length. And a fair amount of high life.
How can people contact the band?