What is music and where would we be if the music was not in a constant state of reinvention? What GEARS continues to bring to their listeners is what the pulse of music needs to keep the machine in a progressive beat. “Wasteland” encapsulates the pushing forward and reawakening that is the motivation in finding that place where metal, R&B, hip-hop, and alternative meld firmly to complete a sound that is notably known as GEARS.
Drummer Jimmy Wooten relays it best in the level of energy and sound GEARS delivers again and again: “There’s something for everyone. It’s heavy. It’s soulful. It’s melodic. The band’s versatility is our strength. We’ll bring R&B and hip-hop into rock, but we’re doing it in our own tight and cohesive way.” And what more could you ask from music than a sound the brings all rockers together to love what they are hearing?
Regarding how “Wasteland” came together, “It just hit,” Trip Sixx stated. “It came together really quickly, and we clicked with Dawson on all fronts.”
With Dawson behind the board, they completed their 2021 single “Wasteland”. On the track, airy electronics give way to head-nodding drums and chugging guitars. In addition, Trip’s soulful cadence twists and turns through the beats before culminating in the catchy chorus, “Save me, locked in a cage, and I can’t get out.” brought the single full circle. Trip continued, “It’s about being trapped in a mindset you don’t see any way out of,” the frontman states.
“It encompasses a lot of things,” drummer Jimmy Wooten elaborates. “It’s easy to become trapped in continuous circles in life where you’re doing the same things over and over again. As a band, you have to reach outside of the box, work with someone new, try something different, and change the sound. Following the Pandemic, it’s like a rebirth for GEARS in a weird way, so we decided to push the envelope.”
They won’t stop pushing the envelope either. For as much as Gears urge rock to evolve, they also elicit a classic reaction.
“When you leave a concert, we want you to feel like it was worth it,” Trip leaves off. “We want you to bop, jump, yell, scream, and do it all. We try to give listeners this gratification.” “We hit you with as many emotions as possible,” agrees Jimmy. “Maybe a song will affect you and connect on a deeper level—or you’ll be able to simply bounce to it. This is meant to spark a physical and emotional reaction.”
GEARS initially began to grind back in 2014. New York native Trip Sixx wound up in Florida and met fellow Northeast transplant, Jimmy Wooten. Bonding over shared influences such as Prince, Alice In Chains, Deftones, and more, they carefully carved out a singular style. After playing countless shows and dropping the Pride Comes Before the Fall EP in 2015, the band teamed up with Sevendust vocalist Lajon Witherspoon on “Tango Yankee.” Meanwhile, Sevendust guitarist Clint Lowery contributed guitar to the latter as well as to the singles “Stronger Than Pain” and “King.” They also collaborated with the likes of Corey Lowery [Seether] and Troy McLawhorn [Evanescence] in addition to dueting with legendary Living Colour frontman Corey Glover on a cover of the classic “Cult of Personality.”
Along the way, they crossed paths with producer Chris Dawson [SAUL, Any Given Sin, Seasons After] and found the perfect production partner. Hitting the studio during 2020, they immediately uncovered undeniable creative chemistry that can be heard in GEARS latest release, “Wasteland”.
GEARS – Trip Sixx, Jimmy Wooten, Josh Routt, Max Carrillo