Nearest Gas station
Warm, round tones, shadowy vocals and unrelenting bass lines define the Nearest Gas Station experience: guitarless rock with no less bite. Here we catch up with the band about future highs and the influences that inform their sound.
BangOn Team: Tell us a little about your band. What’s your sound?
Nearest Gas Station: One interesting thing about NGS is that we play rock music without a guitarist. The synth develops layers of sounds on top of a repetitive bass-drum section, on which Gabriella lays a voice with a rather low tone (most of the time). The result is meant to be kind of hypnotic, but still very accessible.
BOT: How do you go about songwriting?
NGS: The project started when the three of us jammed in fall 2015. We had a good feeling about the electro-noise-dark-wave improvisations that came out of it. We listened back to the material and structured the best moments to compose our first songs. Over the last two years, our method hasn’t changed, and we are getting closer and closer to a sound that is more unique, or at least very personal.
BOT: Who are your biggest influences?
Gabriella: Joy Division, Bauhaus, Portishead, Sonic Youth.
Thomas: Wipers, Devo, Black Sabbath, Kyuss
Jeremie: I come from a shoegaze background with infinite admiration for Slowdive or The Cure, but always curious about all kinds of music capable of transporting its audience.
BOT: What’s been your lowest and highest point as a band?
Jeremie: It has been hard to give birth to our first studio album, in my opinion. Besides the fantastic feeling we get in rehearsal sometimes, I have great hopes that the highest points will come with the future gigs.
BOT: What’s your ultimate aim?
NGS: To reach a large enough audience to support the band and give us the freedom to play and record the music we want.
BOT: You have the chance to play one song for a legend of your choice. What do you play?
Gabriella: 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' (The Stooges).
BOT: What does Berlin do for you musically?
NGS: Huge network of excellent musicians, a lot of clubs to play in and an audience with a curiosity way above the average.
BOT: What do we have to look forward to in the coming months from you?
NGS: Lots of gigs for the fall. Hopefully a new studio recording for spring 2018.
BOT: Donald Trump has invited you to play a private party for him. He’ll pay you $1,000,000. Nobody ever has to know. Do you play?
Jeremie: I would play and I would announce it in public. To deprive Trump of $1,000,000 perhaps can prevent him a bit from hurting the weakest and spreading hate. The following question is harder: How can one use $ 1,000,000 to efficiently support targeted minorities and deconstruct discourses of fear. This is a much harder task. Destroying is always easier. That’s why I think Donald has no merit.
Thomas: That would be an interesting experience plus a lot of money. So yeah, why not?