Las Vegas, NV (TFC) – Rock & Roll music has always had the reputation for having some controversial people and topics at it’s forefront. Andy Gerold is not going to be the exception. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, currently based out of Las Vegas, spearheading a new band called There Is No Us. While his name may seem a little obscure, the bands he has travelled with, and his passions certainly are not.
One of the first bands Gerold helped start early on was Victims In Ecstasy which had great success for an up and coming band, but this was almost 20 years ago. Since then Andy has been involved in a host of other bands including; My Darling Murder, Wired All Wrong, and Daughters Of Mara. Gerold was also picked to be the lead guitarist in Billy Howerdel’s solo project Ashes Divide, and since then has gone on tour with Marilyn Manson as their live bassist, while Twiggy Ramirez took on the lead guitar.
I talked with Gerold a little bit about about music, activism, and his aspirations for There Is No Us:
James: Can you tell me how many instruments you can say you have mastered along the way?
Andy: “I definitely have not mastered ANY instruments but I can play guitar, bass, drums and piano.”
James: What inspired you early on to dawn the fem attire? And can you illustrate for fans any differences between yourself and say someone as over-the-top as Manson is with his fem fashion character?
Andy: “I assume you’re referring to Victims in Ecstacy. We just wanted to do something crazy and different than anyone in AZ at the time. We actually stole the idea from a band called Mary’s Window out of chicago and their bass player was Amy Abramite who just happens to be our bass player for There Is No Us.
I think Manson wanted to be creative and controversial at the same time.”
James: During your tour with Manson, did you encounter Anti-Manson Christian protesters, and if so… What was your reaction to such a group of brainwashed individuals?
Andy: “I think there were a couple places that had protesters. I’m not sure exactly where though. I just remember wondering if they had nothing better to do. There are a lot of other problems with the world they should be focused on.”
James: In the debut song Farewell To Humanity… There is a bridge that includes excerpts of news clips, and a clip from a famous George Carlin quote: “The Planet is fine, the People are fucked!” Can you elaborate on the lyrics, and the inclusion of Carlin’s quote?
Andy: “This is the first song I wrote for this project and it kinda defined where I wanted to go as far as the theme of the music overall. This song’s lyrics talk about horrible things humans do and the news quotes are just a way to break up the music and give it some dynamics. I stumbled across the Carlin quote on youtube and thought it was absolutely perfect.”
James: My personal favorite on the T.I.N.U. debut album is ‘In Violence We Trust‘ which seems to me to be a call to action for people to take to the streets, and actually begin a systematic revolution, can you confirm my idea of it, and maybe explain the notion behind the song?
Andy: “You actually described the song perfectly. I feel like the heads of corporations are looking down from the top floor of their buildings and laughing at all the peaceful, poor protesters. We are like little ants to them. Peasants. And I think we need to maybe take a page out of the French Revolution book.”
James: What’s your take on activism today?
Andy: “I think any and all activism is good. Even if I don’t agree with the cause. We need more people unionizing and standing up for fair pay and equal rights. People think that stuff was already fought for and won and they couldn’t be more wrong. Wages have stayed the same for the working class and CEOs’ pay has gone up enormously. The corporations ship jobs overseas because it costs less and they can sell their cheap shit at Wal-Mart and fat fucking lazy ass Americans buy it up.”
James: Do you see the future of TINU lyrics being politically based, and the music being Metalcore, or alternating genres at all?
Andy: “The music is not Metalcore. The singing is what gives it that metalcore vibe. If you listen to the music without vocals it’s more just industrial hard rock. I just write music that I like and that I like to play. When I play live, I want to play heavy music because it’s fun and loud. Lyrically, I want to write about stuff that is important to me and that I think should be important to other people. We have songs about drugs and suicide as well as political stuff.
James: Any tour dates on the horizon?
Andy: “Nothing yet, but we are working on it.”
Here’s a video for their debut song:
Want to listen to the debut album Farewell To Humanity by There Is No Us? You can do so for free here.
You can read more about Andy Gerold, and the bands he’s been associated with via his Wikipedia page here.