THE GILLS! The name kind of makes me want to scream it. This upbeat punk/pop/rock hybrid sound coming from Nashville via Pensacola, Florida is sure to get you on your feet. I got the chance to listen to The Gills over the past week, and I gotta admit. I’m impressed.
If Stone Temple Pilots and Arctic Monkey were to have a punky little baby they would name it The Gills. Lead singer Jesse Wheeler has got a screamer’s voice that sounds great over the airwaves, and undoubtedly would translate even better in person.
The self titled album has a refreshing mix of sounds I found myself vibing on. As I listened to “Lemonade” and “Rubberband,” two frantic fast-paced scorchers, I pictured myself in a high speed chase, like something out of a Grand Theft Auto video game, screeching to a halt at the feet of a girl I’ve been chasing for years.
“Aria” sounds like a girl I’d like to get into some trouble with. In a live setting, the soaring chorus is sure to get the crowd singing “Aria” along. The band slows it down a bit in “April Fools,” a more morose song about trying to get someone to stay when they’re at their wits end.
For a tasty glimpse of their invigorating music, check out “Rubberband”
The Gills offer a feel good story that I think will propel them to reach higher peaks. Jesse Wheeler overcame childhood leukemia and appears to have been able to find a colorful creativity in the face of adversity. Now I just need them to get their asses down to Jacksonville so I can listen in person!
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The Gills are:
Jesse Wheeler / Vocals, Guitar
Andy Prince / Bass
Matt Prince / Drums
Justin Locke / Keys, Guitar
Fri Feb 19 – Hey Joe’s w/ Rock Eupora, Dream Cult, Cleveland, MS
Sat Feb 20 – DULING HALL w/ Rock Eupora, Dream Cult, Jackson, MS
Fri Mar 4 – Acme Feed and Seed Nashville, TN
Sat Mar 12 – Sluggo’s w/ John Hart Project,The Kickback, Meth Dad,Terror Pigeon, Pensacola, FL
Mon Mar 14 – Lava Cantina w/ The Kickback, Baton Rouge, LA
Fri Apr 15 – Preservation Pub w/ MyFever, Knoxville, TN