ous setback at the cusp of their debut, headlining tour, jarring line-up changes, and financial challenges, the band has persevered and rebuilt.
Founded in February 2014, Trip 6 (Urban Rebel), Eli Parker (Endo),
Tommy Herres (SCARLET CARSON) and Jimmy Wooten (SKINMASK) were all
looking for new projects as their old ones had run their course.
They released Set in Motion in May 2014, immediately launching into their first headline run with support from I-Exist.
Later it developed that two of the
founding members were unable to continue, leaving the band reeling and
having to replace them with skilled, compatible substitutes.
In June 2015, Wooten and Six teamed with
Corey Lowery (Saint Asonia, Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Dark New Day) and
Troy Mclawhorn (Evanescence, Seether, Dark New Day) on their new EP
Pride Comes Before the Fall, and announced the addition of new members
Bobby Thomas and Chris Dorame.
Palace of Rock had a chat with their drummer Jimmy Wooten.
a huge compliment. Love that band and the guys in it. I would never
get sick of that compliment, are you kidding? They really are pioneers
in modern hard rock/metal and I have all the respect in the world for
them, not only as musicians, but they’re the most down to earth, cool
cats you’ll ever meet, especially in music.
released 2 EP´s, Set in motion from 2014 and Pride comes before the fall
(2016). What would you say the biggest difference between the EP´s is?
think the biggest difference is the evolution of the music. I think
they both definitely have a certain element or two that connect them,
but I feel the songwriting has evolved so much from the first EP to the
second. I’m super proud of both recordings, and with “Pride” I think we
definitely stepped it up as far as musicality and lyrical content.
Eli Parker from Endo played guitar on the first EP, how come he isn´t around in the band anylonger?
Jimmy-Didn’t work out.
collaborated with Corey Lowery on the new EP, how much was he involved
in the songwriting process or did he just produce it?
actually worked on both records with us. With the new EP, he was all in
man. He was there every step of the way. We wrote together, he played
bass and a lot of guitar on it, produced it, engineered it and mixed
it. Corey is all over this record.
How do you feel about people staring down at their smartphones while going to a Gears show?
I don’t know. I mean, of course we hope that we engage every member of
the audience, but I realize too that a lot of people have children and
other major obligations outside of the venue. I just hope they’re not playing Candy Crush while we’re up there trying to give them a good show.
Are there any plans of making a LP or will you continue releasing EP´s?
like to do a full length record at some point, but it just doesn’t seem
practical to me at this point in the band. Being a new band building a
fan base, we’d rather release an EP 12-18 months with the effort being
focused on new material more frequently.
What are the 3 most important albums that are the reason why you became a musician?
are so many, but if I have to pick only 3 right now, they’d probably be
Led Zeppelin II, David Bowie-Aladdin Sane, and Faith No More-King For a
The Drumming in Zeppelin and Faith No More was so heavy to me while I loved the theatrics of David Bowie.
If you had to live in a film as a new character, what film would you choose and why?
that Martin Scorsese does. I love Mobster type movies. It’d be so
cool to be some ruthless gangster that didn’t take shit from anyone.
Just roll up on anyone that crossed me and put two in their skull. So
What´s your favorite town outside the U.S?
Jimmy-I don’t really have one to be honest.
Do you find it hard to find topics to write lyrics about?
don’t think it’s hard for us to find topics to write about. There’s
just so much out there in the world and in our everyday lives. The
hardest part, I think, is finding the right words to express whatever
we’re feeling about the topics to the most accurate degree if that makes
sense. We’re pretty passionate people and when we write lyrics
together we really want them to convey and describe exactly what we’re
feeling so our audience can feel what we mean in each song.
you found out you only had 6 months left to live and were healthy
enough to experience things, would you make a bucketlist and what would
be on it?
Jimmy-For sure! Definitely a lot of visits to
Football and Baseball Stadiums I haven’t seen yet. Maybe a few
amusement parks and trips to see some bands that I haven’t seen live