- An Interview with GEARS Jammerzine Exclusive 1:08:54
- Lost Again GEARS 3:33
GEARS have today released their new single titled ‘Lost Again’. A follow-up to their last single and video ‘Good Enough’, we get something to be thankful for the day after Thanksgiving (The U.S. holiday), with a track that is as hardcore as it is hook filled.
Today we get to catch up with, what we here at Jammerzine, call one of the originals. What I mean by that is that GEARS is one of the first bands and artists that were there, literally, from the beginning. We grew together in the music industry. That forms a kinship. And it is beyond pleasing to see GEARS taking over the world airwaves. They deserve it. They have done it on their own terms and have paid all dues.
In this interview, we talk with Trip Sixx and Jimmy Wooten from the legends known as GEARS about their musical journey so far, what they’re working on now, and many, many more things. A lot to soak in with this interview, both professionally and personally, as we delve into the minds of musical masters and just plain cool guys. Enjoy!
“Lost Again” is just one of those songs that I think everyone can relate to. We have all been in that situation or those situations where it seems like we’re reliving it over and over trying to find out where we’ve gone wrong and how we ended up, yet again, lost. We neurotically replay the whole scenario in our heads and for the life of us, we can not see exactly where it went bad and led us further into our current state. It’s not all bad though. Having the ability to objectively search for a point or points where it began to go in the wrong direction should give us the knowledge and wisdom to have the ability to apply what each situation has taught us to be better in the future.Jimmy, GEARS
This has been an amazing 12-18 months for us as a band. We want to thank Chris Dawson and Jimmy Beattie for bringing out the best in the band and helping to move us forward. JT Ibanez for bringing everything visually creative to fruition, and beyond, in all of the videos we’ve done together. Gary, Rob, and the whole team at LandShark for working their asses off at radio on our behalf to bust down those doors. Allyson, for always being our “huckleberry” no matter how ridiculous what we are doing is. Last but not least, our Street Team and everyone who continues to stream, purchase, watch, request, and share our stuff relentlessly! We look forward to seeing everyone out there on the road in 2023!GEARS
Check out our other features with GEARS HERE.
Rock needs reinvention. It only moves forward when a band pushes it to do so. Enter: GEARS. Finding a sweet spot between metal, R&B, hip-hop, and alternative, the Miami, FL group—Jimmy Wooten [drums] and Tripp Sixx [vocals] —zigs and zags past all expectations and burns down one convention after another in the process. Racking up hundreds of thousands of streams and views, collaborating with everyone from members of Living Colour to Sevendust, and receiving plugs from Metal Insider and more, they usher in a new era of rock with a series of singles and their forthcoming independent debut album.
“There’s something for everyone,” observes Jimmy. “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.”
GEARS initially began to grind back in 2014. New York native Tripp wound up in Florida and met fellow Northeast transplant, Jimmy. 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 in 2020, they immediately uncovered undeniable creative chemistry.
“It just hit,” adds Trip. “It came together really quickly, and we clicked with Dawson on all fronts.”
With Dawson behind the board, they completed their 2021 single “Wasteland”. Airy electronics give way to head-nodding drums and chugging guitars on the track. 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.”
“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,” Jimmy 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.”
Gears single “Wasteland” went on to achieve even greater heights as “Wasteland” hit the Top 20 Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator and Top 50 Mediabase Active Rock. They won’t stop pushing the envelope either. For as much as Gears urge rock to evolve, they elicit a classic reaction. “When you leave a concert, we want you to feel like it was worth it,” Tripp 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 bounce to it simply. This is meant to spark a physical and emotional reaction.”
And Gears continues to take their listeners with them as their last single “Don’t Want To Say Goodbye” was placed on Octane TEST Drive and with the culmination was a successful shift forward.
Gears continues the momentum with their latest releases ‘Good Enough’ and ‘Lost Again’.