Originally from Pensacola, Florida, The Gills made their way to Nashville, TN, to push themselves out of their hometown comfort zone. Years later, they've put the finishing touches on the most cathartic songs of the band's career yet.
Written after years of touring, The Gills' self-titled album explodes with all the pressure of a shaken-bottle of soda whose cap has finally flown off. It's an album about letting go of the struggles that are so common to working musicians — the long drives, the vulnerability, the struggle to stay true to yourself — and embracing everything that's great about rock & roll. The songs are simple rock epics that build their way toward crashing choruses. There's no posturing. No disguises.
Frontman Jesse Wheeler began writing songs as a teenager, looking for an outlet to help him put a positive spin on his childhood battle with Leukemia. At first, he focused on humorous tunes designed to make his friends (and Wheeler himself) laugh. Later, as his health and songwriting chops strengthened, the music became bolder and more bombastic. The Prince brothers — Matt (drums) and Andy (bass) — climbed aboard after Wheeler recovered and shortly after met keyboardist/guitarist Justin Locke, who became the group's fourth member.
The band co-produced their latest LP with Kyle Dreaden who took songs like "Aria," "Lemonade" and "Gimme Gimme" to a new invigorating space where gritty rock and pop sensibilities live harmoniously side by side. In concert, The Gills adopt the same in-your-face stance that fills their self-titled album. The Gills are making themselves comfortable occupying the middle ground between college radio and the Top 40 format, while remaining true to their creative explorations.
So, when life gives you lemons...
Jesse Wheeler / Vocals, Guitar
Andy Prince / Bass
Matt Prince / Drums
Justin Locke / Keys, Guitar
Copyright The Gills 2016
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"The title track is a rock n roll romp that’s reminiscent of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Strokes’ “Room on Fire” era. Punchy guitar hooks, and an infectious hook that makes it the official song of summer. Side B’s “La-Di-Da” is a bit of change of pace with it’s medium tempo groove that builds up into a chorus that’s next to impossible not to feel a slight tug at the ol’ heart strings. "-53rd and 3rd