By Christina Stock
The band G(d)*P is hosting a free concert to present its new album
The local band G(d)*P is releasing its new album Music Ready To Play (MRP). The release party takes place at Farley’s Food, Fun & Pub patio, 1315 N. Main St., on Sept. 13 as a meet and greet social hour, from 7 to 8 p.m.
The unusual band name stands for Gross domestic People, a play on gross domestic products.
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With song titles such as “5 Out of 4,” “Brokesville,” “The Messenger” and “The Seller,” the band’s fans will find a variety of styles that brings back the feeling of the ‘70s and ‘80s when bands put the punk in music and metal bands surprised its fans with rock ballads — but in a fresh and modern way.
With this album, G(d)*P will further its reputation of quality and diversity, just as it is reflected in its band members.
Sitting relaxed around a table at a local coffee shop, the band members opened up to tell their stories about their team effort, dreams and the inner workings of the successful Roswell band.
“We worked for about a year as a full five-piece group on these songs and it was just practice, practice, practice,” Jeff Cabana (drums) said. “When we went to the studio, honestly, it took us only four hours to record all that. Actually, the studio we recorded in is in a garage. We recorded at E519 studios, just outside of Roswell down south. I highly recommend that place.”
Asked about the band name, Cabana said, “For now, we’re just sticking to G(d)P*. “The reason for the parenthesis and the star is like a poem we wrote, that will eventually be on the full-length album. I have read the poem at a couple of shows. We talk about how people are the product — it’s obviously a play on gross domestic product, but we swap out product for people. Part of the poem is from the beginning of time to now, humankind has never mass-produced or recreated anything like recreating self human beings. In the end, it’s basically all the information about you is bought and sold on the open markets on a daily basis — all the information collected. That stuff is bought in order to sell you a product. Ultimately, we are the end product, our taxes, everything makes us the product.
“There is a small political message and ‘The Seller’ itself is a political song. We try not to get too political, I notice they (the other band members) don’t,” Cabana said and laughed.
“There is a lot that goes into the stories.” Carlos Brady (lead guitar) said. “I wrote most of these tracks, like ‘The Seller’ years and years ago and I always knew that they had great potential to go somewhere, but I just never could find the right musicians to take this music as far as it’s gone. I think that is why people are going to enjoy this album so much because the way our chemistry works together. I couldn’t ask for a better band at this point in my life. My music has always been a big part of me since I was 8 years old. An Ozzy Osborne song with a guitar solo captured my heart.”
The music of “The Seller” has a strong Pink Floyd vibe, while “The Messenger’s” witty lyrics pulls one in.
“Originally ‘The Messenger’ lyrics was supposed to be for ‘The Seller,’” Will Weber said. “Weber is the newest member of the band and provides vocals and writes the lyrics for the songs. “‘Messenger’ was the second song that I wrote when I joined the group,” he said. “I kind of have been sitting on it for a little bit. I had a rough time coming up with anything — scribbled some stuff down and didn’t like it. I was laying in bed one night, I was just falling asleep and woke up and I thought I had a melody in my head and so I went out to my car, because everybody was asleep in my house of course, and I connected my phone to the bluetooth because I had it recorded on my phone and I scribbled down the lyrics really quick. I sang it full-blast in the car at 2 a.m. and I had a second phone that was out of service that I had laying around and sat that in the passenger seat to record it. I was half asleep so I didn’t want to forget it, the way the melody was and everything, and I hit it and recorded. I think a week later we got together, we played it and wow, everybody liked it.
“This album is more based on the music I’ve been wanting to hear in my life, that I can’t get from other bands, so I decided to bring it to myself,” Weber said. “It worked out well. The song released this weekend as our single, the blues song, ‘Until it Faces,’ that was actually done in one take.”
“With exception of Jocelyn, we all have that band experience around Roswell, different genres, too,” Cabana said. Jocelyn Smith is the band’s bass player. “There is a running joke in Roswell that there aren’t enough bass players so we all have to share one. That’s why Jocelyn decided to play bass.”
“I had a lot of influence from my mom who played acoustic guitar,” Smith said. “My uncle played bass as well. I grew up listening to ‘60s Beatles and Pink Floyd. So that is a really big influence on me. I played bass before, but with having kids, it’s kind of a challenge — have kids or play bass? The kids came first, but now they’re grown so I can now focus on the band.”
Five months later, Cabana invited his friend Brady Chambers (rhythm and lead) to the band. “I know he is good,” he said.
Chambers’ interest started after he had joined the orchestra in seventh grade. “I was looking for an easy A in class. So I said, I’d take orchestra and the orchestra teacher needed bass players, bad, but it is the upright bass. So, me and a friend of mine said, let’s do it. We’ll learn it together and it’ll be fun. So I learned bass and have been playing bass for 15 or 16 years since then. I swapped to guitar because a friend is a guitarist and it’s the same thing, right? Pretty much that was it. Classically trained on bass, but then learned guitar. None of my family played instruments or listened to creative music. It was mostly pop and ‘dad-rock.’ I wanted to get out there and learn music. I’ve been hungry about learning music ever since.”
The experienced band members are careful not to oversaturate Roswell with performances. They do make an exception when it comes to charitable events where they perform free of charge to raise money.
“One thing that has helped us kind of rise quickly and continue is our diversity,” Cabana said. “As you’ll hear in the album, we range in all these different styles. That’s even helped us with our cover songs. We do things like charity gigs around town, but then we can open for Hemlock. We are very versatile as far as we can play at a family restaurant or we can play on a small stage. We’ll be playing at The Liberty soon.”
“We want to give Roswell something they deserve, get the music scene something it deserves and never had. And I feel that this band can take this music farther than its ever gone before because how people accept us, how they like our music, the feedback we get, it’s great.”
The band hopes to be able to go on tour soon. “See how far we can go,” Weber said. “Right now, I’ve been spending the last week reaching out to venues from Arizona to Colorado and West Texas trying to get booked out of town. Do some more things.”
There are many steps to think of before a tour can be planned. “With the album, nobody has paid out of their pocket one dime,” Cabana said. “All the money for the album, the entire process from recording to mixing it and the discs themselves, came out of band funds. We’re hoping to build up more and more funds. Do a tour without the worry of making it to the next show. Ultimately, and we discussed this, one of our next steps is probably to find and hire a solicitor. For people who don’t know, a solicitor is how you get your music on to the radio, the movies and into blogs. So that’s one of our next steps.”
The band decided on having the event on a Friday the 13th, however, they said it has nothing to do with superstition, but that there were simply no other events in town that could compete and divide the audience.
For more information, visit reverbnation.com/gdproswell and like their Facebook page @Gross.domestic.people.