Shockwave Magazine sat down with Aaron Nordstrom, Brian Steele Medina, and Alessandro Paveri of Gemini Syndrome on the Jacksonville, NC, leg of the Not So Silent Night Tour to discuss everything from aliens to SAT words.
[Lots of pre-interview fist bumping]
Shockwave Magazine: Wait, we did this already. We didn’t blow it up.
Brian Steele Medina: I blew it up. I blew it up hard.
Introduce yourselves for our readers.
Aaron Nordstrom: My name is Aaron. I am the singer of Gemini Syndrome.
Alessandro Paveri: I am AP and I am the bass player of Gemini Syndrome.
Brian: I am Brian and I am the drummer of Gemini Syndrome.
Memento Mori dropped in August.
Brian: Dropped. Past tense.
AP: August 19th.
I said dropped.
Aaron: She said dropped.
Brian: I’m trying to establish the upper-hand here.
AP, is it like this all the time with these two?
AP: Yes. [laughter]
Aaron: That’s completely true.
AP: But, they are good guys. Don’t worry.
I’ve done my homework and watched several interviews. AP is always, “Yes.” Just yes. Very stoic.
Aaron: He’s the General of the Army.
AP: I’m the little guy with few words.
That can be good and bad.
AP: I say good.
Aaron: I can be bad.
You had me at “Stardust,” but Memento Mori took it way out there. I love it.
Aaron: Sky rockets in flight.
I started out hearing “Remember We Die” and it became my turn up song. Then, I heard the album, “Push” is my turn-up song and my upstairs neighbors hate me because every song is great. There’s no volume louder than max. I have to get a new stereo system.
Brian: One that goes to 11.
Aaron: Time to upgrade.
Where did the concept for the trilogy come in? Where did that come from?
Aaron: Twos and threes. In The Book of Ching by Lao Tzu, he says the ones created the twos, the twos created the threes, and the threes created the 10,000 things. So, everything is built of twos and threes, so this is two of three.
Brian: A straight line becomes a triangle.
Brian: So, it had to be a trilogy.
Lux is about birth?
Aaron: Birth, coming of age, understanding your role in the universe, your personality.
When I listen to Memento Mori I hear you’re eventually gonna die, but don’t rush it. It’s gonna get there.
AP: I like that. Don’t rush it.
Aaron: Because that’s the point though, on a very serious note. It’s the reality. It’s gonna happen. It’s not a race to get to the finish line. It’s the experience we have here in the first place. The fact that we are even a thing, that you even have a conscious thought of yourself, that you’re a thing, it’s amazing. It’s a mathematical almost impossibility that we just became a thing. You live a life. You experience different experiences. It’s a beautiful tragedy.
And the third one, can we expect death?
Brian: In the future.
We’ve had birth. We’ve had life. Now, we have to have death.
Aaron: In the future.
How far in the future?
Brian: No one knows. If someone tells ya, they’re lying.
Aaron: It’s true.
When can we expect the third one?
AP: We just came out with the second.
Aaron: That’s a metaphor for life.
I want the third one now. It’s like reading a book. You have to read the next one.
Aaron: AP’s right though, we just released the second one.
Brian: She’s binge watched it and she’s ready for the next season.
Aaron: Season three doesn’t come out until the future.
It is just like binge watching a show. You binge watch it and then you watch it again.
Aaron: That’s how I am with Dexter. It’s my favorite show ever. I’ve watched the whole season like five times. It never gets old.
Stranger Things is good.
Aaron: I haven’t seen that.
That one has aliens in it. You would like that [Brian].
Aaron: He likes aliens.
That seems to be a resounding theme.
Aaron: Well they put us here, so we owe them mad props on media.
I think it’s pretty arrogant of us to think we’re the only ones here.
Aaron: Oh, we’re not. We’ll make great pets, “Oh little human. Sweet little human.” [laughter]
How’s the tour been going? You’re almost done.
Aaron: It’s been an adventure.
Brian: You’ve seen National Lampoons Christmas Vacation? It’s kind of like that.
Aaron: With aliens and snow.
Brian: A lot of snow.
And his brother-in-law and his RV.
Brian: And his big ole Rottweiler, Dumpin’.
I was very apprehensive when they told me I was interviewing Aaron. No, I’m not. No. No. He’s up here and I’m down here. I’ve heard you graduated at 14.
Aaron: I went to college.
That blows my mind.
Aaron: Yeah, you would think I was smart, but instead I decided to be a touring musician. So, obviously something got screwed up in the process.
I don’t know. I had to drag out the thesaurus when I read some of the interviews. “I don’t know that word. Those are SAT words. I didn’t even study that for the SAT.” So yeah, I was pretty apprehensive.
Brian: Hey, that was a good SAT word right there,
Esoteric was one of the ones you said. I don’t even know what the hell that means anymore. I had to look it up.
Aaron: And here we are. It’s all good and I’m not nearly scary as you thought.
Brian: Having a non-esoteric apprehensive experience.
Aaron: Wow that’s- in and of itself that statement is really deep. “Having a non-esoteric apprehensive experience.” If you can walk into initiation and be like, “Meh, it’s all good. I’m stoked to be here.” That’s what that is.
Aaron: And Elias [Elias Soriano]. The dreadlock gang.
Brian: We had to untangle them afterwards.
Aaron: An albino, a Mexican, and a black guy, all with dreadlocks, walk on stage together. What happens? You have to untangle them. Best joke of the day. You’re welcome.
AP, you just take all this in?
AP: I’m just watching.
Brian: He’s like, “No! I’m not taking any of this in.”
AP: I’m simply an observer.
Where are you from?
Aaron: I grew up in Chicago and moved to L.A.
AP: I grew up in Italy.
Brian: Denver, Colorado.
So, you’re used to the cold.
Brian: Well, you know I’m not as tolerant as I used to be to temperature changes. My tolerance has dilapidated over the past 20 years.
Another SAT word. Where do you live now? Are you all in the same area?
Brian: Mostly L.A.
Aaron: Vegas. An albino in the desert.
That’s kind of ironic.
Aaron: Isn’t it? That’s my life. My life is irony.
Any on the road stories? What’s happened that you can share?
Aaron: There was that time that a tow truck was towing a truck with a bus on it, and we were all hiding in the back of it, and we got stuck at the border for six hours.
Aaron: There was a tow truck, towing a tow truck, with our bus on it because it broke down, and we were all hiding in the back because it’s illegal to tow people in the vehicle. We were like the Jews in WWII. I was Anne Frank for six hours. It happened.
When did that happen?
Aaron: About three weeks ago. That was day one of this tour.
Brian: We’ve got a suite van.
A sweet van?
Aaron: Not just a van.
Brian: Suite van. It’s black with tinted windows.
Brian: Suite. S-U-I-T-E.
Brian: Think about it. It’s just blurring the picture.
That’s an RV.
AP: No, it’s a van.
Brian: But, it is a suite van and on that note we have to do our VIP right now.
- Well, you guys go have fun with the VIP. I’ve enjoyed it. Thank you very much.
AP: Did we talk about music a lot?
Brian: This is the best interview of my entire life [more fist bumping].
I will take that. Thank you guys so much.