Interview: Gloomsday Talk New Album and San Diego Music Scene

Gloomsday took some time to talk to us about Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder., what the music scene is like in San Diego, CA, and more. Check it out.

When did the band first form and what made you decide on the name Gloomsday?

Gloomsday formed around 2010, but we had been playing together for a bit before that. We wanted to release something and realized we needed a name to go with it. As far as deciding on the name, it felt like it fit well with the sound we were creating. We borrow from a couple musical styles like doom/stoner rock and high energy garage rock and punk. Another thing is that we are not originally from CA, we are from Milwaukee where the weather is gloomy a lot of the year, which may have had an influence as well. No matter how long we’ve lived in CA, we still hold on to where we come from. Word play is fun too.

There’s a pretty big break between Worst Coast Scenario in 2015 and Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder. from this year. What lead to that lengthy break?

That break wasn’t really intentional. We put a lot of time and money into Worst Coast Scenario, pressed vinyl and did several small tours within that time. We both play in other bands, play other instruments, and have careers outside of music that we are both passionate about. It’s tough to balance it all and be as productive as we want to be while giving energy to all the things we care about. In the time between, while playing and writing with our other projects, it inspired us to come back together and write some new songs.

When most people talk about the California music scene, you immediately think they just mean LA. What is the music scene like down in San Diego?

It’s super supportive and diverse. Saturated in a good way. It’s always changing but there has always been great venues that support the local scene. There are tons of rad local and touring bands to go see and play with (in our experience). We have been on seven West Coast tours and I think we’re lucky to have SD as a home base.

Do you think location matter when you’re trying to make it as a band or is it more important to just garner a local following and go from there?

I’m sure location matters a bit and a local following is great of course. I’m not sure if it’s as simple as all that anymore since we are all so connected now through social media. We are part of a community of other bands in other cities and their friends and followers come out to support. We probably could have moved to LA years ago to try and “make it” but… we like it here. We are having a good time and LA isn’t far for us.

What are you hoping to accomplish as a band?

Since we’ve been doing it on our own and somewhat under the radar for so long, its time time to get out of our comfort zone. We are looking to jump on bigger tours, play festivals, and get our material out into the world to those who may be into it. We are bad at being in a band. We will write and record music till our heads fall off, but knowing what is necessary to propel us further than where we are is daunting and unclear some times.

If we continue to love working together, stay true to our creative process, and have a blast playing live after this long, we’ve accomplished a lot.

What was the writing process like for Anxiety, Disbelief, Wonder.? How about the recording process?

The writing was actually pretty slow. We wrote it over a couple of years while we were writing and recording with other projects. We would write a couple of new songs, play them out live, get comfortable with them, sometimes rewrite something. It got to the point when we would play a show and most of the songs on the set weren’t recorded yet. It made sense to get back in the studio. We’ve been recording with Mike Kamoo at Earthling Studios here in San Diego. It’s always a fun learning experience with him. As a two piece we get a lot done in a short amount of time. We live tracked baritone guitars and drums, then over-dubbed with more layered guitars and bass. The tracking process goes rather quickly. Mixing our sound to how we want is what gets time consuming. With past recordings our approach to the sound was garage forward and aggressive. In comparison, this new recording has music that relies more on subtlety and mood. The songs still have a heavy-ness to them but a less aggressive tone and attitude. We felt a growth with this recording.

What should we expect from the band now that the release has been out for a couple months? Any big plans for the rest of 2018?

We are working on a video together, total DIY, which we are super excited about. That should be finished by the end of August. We have written a couple new songs since the release and intend to work on a couple more. Maybe get back in the studio before winter. We have some shows coming up in LA and San Diego this summer, but other than that no tours are scheduled this summer which is a first.

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?

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