By: Mut Asheru
Shhhh don’t talk. Just listen…
We’re not here to offer up any stinkin comparisons with this group to anyone else. We’re going to go out on a professional limb and declare Mr. Gnome their own damn rock band with their own damn rock sound.
Don’t let this cute as buttons Ohio duo fool you. Drummer Sam Meister may look like a gentle giant but the way he pounds on his drums like a rabid-hungry-for-blood beast shows he anything but. And dear little Nicole Barille…her voice goes from whisper quiet to throttle yell in between and back again in smooth motions.
Their latest album Deliver This Creature has garnered them rave reviews from folks much larger than us and sports normal song titles unlike their previous EPs which held titles such as ‘Chunk of Spine Fur’, ‘Dr. Cakorkian’ (one of my favs), and ‘Drunkey Stoney’.
Deliver This Creature is a fantastic affair beautiful-powerful from start to finish. Production and arrangement is a big deal on this album.
Knowshi: Why do the crickets get their own night on this album?
MG: We wrote that song after a very interesting experience in Wichita Falls, Texas involving a cricket infestation, lots of beer and teenagers with guns. We were very happy to still be alive after that lovely night so we decided to tell the story in our own words…
Knowshi: What song has received the most praise so far?
MG: ‘Night of the Crickets’ and ‘Pirates’ are probably our most popular songs from Deliver This Creature.
Knowshi: You are a serious DIY rock duo. What jobs would you like to hand off to other capable hands while you concentrate on music?
MG: Well, getting a booker was a wonderful step for us. I think the main thing we’d really like help with is driving. 10 hour drives between two people in one day…kind of insane. I like loading and unloading our gear. It gives us muscles and builds character.
Knowshi: When you make it big will you give me a job? I’d make a great background dancer.
MG: Your hired. We’ve always wanted background dancers. We can pay you in beer!
Knowshi: The song titles on this album are pretty tame. Why?
MG: We ran out of family members to name songs after.
Knowshi: Sam is a monster on the drums. Why does he treat them that way?
MG: He has mental issues. This is his therapy or else he’d probably be in prison.
Knowshi: What can I ask you that hasn’t been asked before but you wish someone would ask?
MG: What is our favorite pornographic website? Did you mean to come up with the best band name ever?
Knowshi: What equipment do you all work with on stage (other than yourselves) to fill out your sound?
MG: I play out of two amps and Sam attempts to tickle the keys on stage between drum parts.
Knowshi: Tell us about the production of your first full length album. How long did it take, who did you work with…etc.
MG: We moved out of our house, threw all of our stuff in a storage space here in Cleveland and toured out west. While we were out there, we kinda stumbled on these two studios – Jackpot! in Portland and WaveLab in Tucson. We did two days of tracking at each and then finished up overdubs back home in Cleveland. So it took 6 days to track Deliver This Creature and then we went up to Madison to have the album mixed at Smart Studios. We worked with Beau Sorenson at Smart, an amazing engineer who really understood what we were going for.
Knowshi: How’s the road treating you and what do you have coming up in the future?
MG: The road has been treating us wonderfully. Every tour gets better and better and we’ve met some amazing folks along the way.
We’re actually in the middle of writing our next album at the moment so we’re trying not to kill each other. We’ll be touring out west in April, jumping in a studio at that time and will release a new album shortly thereafter. Until then, we shall hibernate in Cleveland and try to maintain our drug and alcohol abuse.
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