On the verge of releasing their fourth record, Cold, Gideon took their hardcore sound on the road with Chelsea Grin, Ice Nine Kills and Enterprise Earth. The tour hit the Summit Music Hall in Denver, Colorado on April 26th. The Alabama quartet keep their heavy sound live, detonating through the monitors with glorious breakdowns and powerful punches of emotive abrasiveness. Helmed by songs such as “Calloused” and “Survive,” Gideon have achieved a reputation live that keeps any crowd energized, on their feet and shouting lyrics back.
Gideon will release Cold on May 12th via Equal Vision Records. While on the road, Gideon have been rotating through some of the newer songs, primarily using “Champions” as a start point live for what the new record sounds like. Needless to say, Gideon smash through the song effortlessly and it is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Cold plays out much more heavier and thrilling than some of the previous melodious work, leaving ears ringing and adrenaline pumping after a run through of the track live. What makes Gideon a beaming light live is the honest representation of themselves, going day to day and setting out to do the very thing they love, tearing through venues with their bombastic performances.
This tour is only the preparation for Cold, an album sure to please many fans of hardcore music. The record was produced by Will Putney, who challenged Gideon to write the best material they could. Within the record’s 11 tracks are two notable guest vocal posts. “Cursed” features Bryan Garris of Knocked Loose and another track features Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta. Gideon and Knocked Loose shared a tour (with Counterparts and Expire) last year in which Gideon’s van and trailer were products of thievery, then a week later the band was involved in a wreck. All the bands helped Gideon out and these events allowed for Garris and Gideon to become extremely close and produce the tone for “Cursed;” constantly feeling like the product of bad luck. Before their set, New Noise Magazine had the chance to speak with drummer Jake Smelley, who wrote lyrics and composed many of the aspects for Cold.
Congratulations on Cold, how do you feel in recording the album vs. playing new songs live?
Definitely a lot of the new songs are packed with a lot of emotions. Their were a lot of personal songs so playing them live is my favorite thing in the world. In the studio you are trying to make it sound as perfect as possible with the same goals: you want it to sound great and still get across those emotions. Playing it live and seeing other people that hear that and translate it to whatever is going on in their lives at the time is cool and I love playing the new songs live more than any record so far. It has been a great reaction and it seems to be catching on already.
Which new song is your favorite so far?
“Champions” is everyone’s favorite so far. But I really enjoy playing “Pulling Teeth” because of that end part.
On Cold, how did you end up landing Jamey Jasta for a song?
Gideon are huge fans of Hatebreed. When we first started we used to cover a Hatebreed song live, and we have always been fangirls of his band. We found out we were featured on his podcast and he brought up to his fans, “what would people think if I was featured on a song of a band like this?” We thought about the possibility and how cool it would be to work with someone of his stature. Not only is Hatebreed legends to us, we just decided to shoot for it and see what happens. The song (“Freedom”) was written and we thought if we wanted to do features on this record we should treat it more like a hip hop/pop song. When they feature another artist it’s not for just one line, they’re there for the song. We wanted to treat Jamey’s guest vocals like that, he starts off the song and he’s in the chorus and the verses. We’re definitely excited about that.
How has this tour been with Chelsea Grin and Ice Nine Kills?
Honestly, we were off the road for awhile and I was wondering how this tour was going to pan out as far as attitudes and things like that. To go from a more hardcore tour to a deathcore tour is definitely different, but there is zero big heads. Everyone is super, super cool. I was talking with Enterprise Earth’s drummer the other day and talking about how this tour has everyone treating everyone like family. I can’t think of one person on this tour that walks by somebody with their nose in the air. That happens on tour sometimes and it feels kind of competitive. I feel like we are all here on this tour for the same reason, and there is room for everyone to grow in their own sub-genre. Everyone is there for each other, the crowds have been great. Chelsea Grin, I can’t think of a better host for the tour, since they are the headliners. A lot of things are up to them and the way they treat the bands on the is great. They will come grab us and say “hey you guys want to hang out?” and their tour manager Rob has been the most helpful. Before the tour he made a tour book and typed out where parking is for each venue and can look days ahead for help. Rob’s been taking care of us and super nice and each band has been super supportive of each other.
How is performing with a younger act such Enterprise Earth and seeing them grow?
They seem to be doing really, really well. They just released an album Embodiment just recently. They’re really cool. Their band started a little different than ours, so it’s interesting to see. Our band started in my garage in small town, Alabama. Gideon was started in the exact town that is talked on the S Town podcast, and it’s really weird to see it get any recognition at all because it’s such a small town. We started in a garage in S Town Alabama and Enterprise Earth all met on the internet. I talked to their drummer and how his path was different than mine. They’re blowing up really fast and getting big tours and getting to more recognition.
What’s next for Gideon?
We’re headlining Facedown Fest on May 12th, and Cold releases the same day and I am so pumped. It’s in Pomona California at the Glass House.
That’s really far, how are the drives after tour and leading up to tour, especially when traveling across the country?
I am glad we are talking about this because everyone who thinks about touring sometimes forget to think about these parts. To start this tour we drove from Nashville to Spokane, Washington and it was a 30 hour drive. To end the tour we basically realized we can’t drive all the back to Alabama and make a quick haul back to California in two weeks. What we are doing is: our sound guy/tour manager and I are taking the van and trailer to California that was we have everything for Facedown Fest. The other guys get to fly home, they’re the lucky ones because they get to see their girlfriends and loved ones [laughs]. No it’s going to be fun, we are going to camp out for about two weeks with friends and get good hangs out and learn all the songs we are playing for the festival. I have a lot of practicing to do. We never play hour long sets and for Facedown fest we are actually headlining.
After that we are driving from California to Alabama. I will be home for about two or three days to say hi to everyone, and then we go to Nashville to rehearse and go on the headlining tour with Ghostkey and Invent, Animate.
I am glad to be busy though.
Top photo by Orie McGinness