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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
“We all belong to one race: the human race,” says LANDROID’s Cooper Gillespie about message of desert-based duo’s new single.
“So Say We All” expands on percussion heavy “otherworldly
melodics” that land somewhere “between Pink Floyd and Beach House.”
LANDROID (L-R): Cooper
Gillespie, Greg Gordon. Photo
LANDROID | In The Press
“A kaleidoscope of sound. It meshes an array of styles
from the ethereal to shoegaze... heavy rhythms with percussive power... takes
the best parts of all those elements for something... astounding.” — Ghettoblaster Magazine
“‘So Say We All’ was written in reaction
to the current political climate where immigrants are demonized. The message is
that there is no such thing as race; we all belong to one race: the human race.”
— Cooper Gillespie, LANDROID
“It’s easy to imagine ‘Yellow Sea’ being performed during a dreamlike lounge scene in,
say, Twin Peaks or Mulholland Drive.” — Jordan Blum, PopMatters.
Goods says, “Between Gillespie’s haunting croons, which
puncture in sublime fashion through the melancholy and wonder of the film — which
finds a young girl, ignored by her parents, slipping through her sandbox into a
dimension where her red dragon and rabbit puppets come to life — and Gordon’s otherworldly melodics, LANDROID split-the-difference somewhere
between Pink Floyd and Beach House.”
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LANDROID | About
Gillespie (vocals, guitar, bass) and Greg Gordon (drums, sequences) of LANDROID are veteran performers that
have traveled the world as professional musicians. Now they live in the
California town of Landers. Population: 2,632.
The music that Gillespie
and Gordon are making as LANDROID, so named as a reference to
their new home, is as vast as the environment in which it was created.
Following years of playing variations on the Los Angeles-based punk and rock
hybrid, Gillespie and Gordon settled in a desert land and
became a desert band. The duo’s debut album Imperial Dunes arrives on
Sept. 13th via their own Mojave Beach Records label.
“They are the largest mass of sand dunes in
California,” Gillespie says of the
actual Imperial Dunes, another real-life location that contributed to
the name game. Turns out the “DROID” in LANDROID
has a connection, too: “In Return of the Jedi, the Imperial
Sand Dunes are the location of Jabba’s Palace,” Gillespie adds.
This bit of connect-the-dots finds its way back to the
deeper substance that makes LANDROID’s
songs stick. Giant production makes Gordon’s
thudding kick drum sound as huge as the nearby Giant Rock Vortex, where it is
believed that Earth’s magnetic energy lines intersect.
“They say it channels psychic energy,” Gordon says. “We know it sounds
hippie-dippy, but we swear we can feel it.” Believe the mystical hype or not, Gordon’s drum sounds arrive from
“The dunes feel like an appropriate metaphor for
life,” Gillespie observes, grounding
her lyrical themes. “Nature is the ultimate power and just as the dunes change
day-to-day, everything in life is constantly changing. We like to think we are
in control, but nature reclaims us.”
LANDROID’s “Recommended If You Like” is more like a
“Recommended If You’ve Lived.” It’s a list of inspirations and influences that
read like whole lifestyles unto themselves.
Imperial Dunes sounds just like ‘em:
David Lynch, David Bowie,
outer space, X, Cocteau Twins, William Blake,
Runner, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Rich, scuba diving, Portishead, Pink Floyd, Angela Carter,
The album’s first single and music video“Yellow Sea,” proves the concept. Lush,
but not lost in itself, the song is otherworldly and familiar at the same time.
“Yellow Sea” is a meditation on the hereafter,” Gillespie states.
Imperial Dunes by LANDROID arrives on Sept. 13th, 2019, preceded
by the single and video “Yellow Sea,”
out now. LANDROID is available for
interviews. Contact Josh Bloom
at Fanatic for more information.