gP. are a heavy trip rock band who hail from San Francisco, California. Since 2016 the band has been releasing new music at an amazing pace. In just over a year the band has released a debut album, countless standalone singles and they have new music on the way.
gP. have received praise for their experimental sounds and unique sound from media outlets all over the world including RockSound and Alt Press. I recently caught up with San Fran's hottest new band to talk about their music, their origins and what would happen if they had their hands on the button that could destroy the world...
1) This interview is taking place a few months since the release of your debut album Destroy, So as to build. How has the last couple of months been for you all? Is it a good feeling to get your music out to the fans?
Last couple months have been swell. Still getting a whole lotta love for Destroy and we’re cooking up another release for later this year so were all pretty psyched whenever we ramp up to release new music.
2) What are some of the greatest lessons that you have learned throughout the recording process that you will take into your future experiences compared to your debut album Destroy, So as to build?
Since recording Destroy the biggest lesson we’ve learned about the recording process is to record like you’re not going to mix, and to mix like you’re not going to master. We have learned (sometimes the lessons being hard) to get the absolute best sound before the sound reaches the computer. So many rock bands track their instruments just to completely sound replace them once they reach the computer, which gives the song a very dishonest and manufactured sound. It’s music, let’s be real!
“Usually the most commonly used term when people ask what we sound like is Trip Rock. Little trip hop, little rock, little bit of movie magic.”
3) Push shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The song has a massive anthem feel and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and is clear to see on all of Destroy, So as to build, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?
If we took over the world, Justin would probably push the button that destroys it just for laughs. We are happy to make music that makes people feel something. The writing and recording of the music is where the artistry lies, the going out there and getting huge is just the party.
4) Quite a simple question next, how did you guys all meet and what made you want to start up a band?
Nothing much to it, we all love playing music. Found each other through other bands and thought it could be cool.
“We are happy to make music that makes people feel something. The writing and recording of the music is where the artistry lies, the going out there and getting huge is just the party.”
5) If people have never heard of the gP. before, how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in? Is there a specific track which you feel best shows what the band are?
Usually the most commonly used term when people ask what we sound like is Trip Rock. Little trip hop, little rock, little bit of movie magic. Checkout Birdcage if you haven’t heard of us.
“We’ve gotten very comfortable blending the real rock instruments with Cinema sounds and instruments. People are gonna really dig em”.
6) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would the gP. band rider consist of if you were superstars?
Oh that’s way too kind, thank you. Coachella seems to have tapped into the biggest variety of listeners throughout its life. Although rock bands aren’t really high on the bill at Coachella, I think playing to that crowd at night with that big ass carousel in the distance would be real horror show!
7) Who were some of your musical influences growing up? Has making the style of music you create changed your musical tastes?
A lot of Motown, and pop artists. Too many influences to even consider. I’d say our changing musical tastes have influenced the music, rather than the music dictating what we seek out to listen to.
8) How did you find the journey of writing and recording your debut album Destroy, So as to build From beginning to end how did you find the process?
We just wanted to track hella songs, pick the best ones and then put em out! We demo’d every song at home before entering the studio so we were quite prepared for the fun of tracking and achieved that studio magic a lot sooner because of the heavy preparation.
“So many rock bands track their instruments just to completely sound replace them once they reach the computer, which gives the song a very dishonest and manufactured sound. It’s music, let’s be real!”
9) You have steadily released new music all throughout last year. After your debut album you have also released two singles Slow and Push. How did these songs come about? Were they originally planned for Destroy, So as to build?
Those two tunes came about after Destroy as we were adopting some artificial sounds into the mix. New music had inspired us and we started playing with 808s, sub bass, synths, and blending in film samples.
10) Finally, are there any new details on new music you guys can tell us about? You’ve been teasing lot lately so are there any details you can tell us on new music? Can we expect anything soon?
The new music definitely shows us settling into a sound far beyond that of Destroy.
We’ve gotten very comfortable blending the real rock instruments with Cinema sounds and instruments. People are gonna really dig em.
The new EP is already done being recorded and we are filming music videos and getting artwork ready for its release.