It’s been a little while between drinks but Gyroscope are back with new songs and will be blowing the dust off the guitars for a January 2018 Australian tour. Gyroscope are Perth rockers who are know for their raw emotion and energetic live shows. We caught up with Gyroscope front man Daniel Sanders to find out what the band has been up to and their plans for the future.

SCENEzine
Firstly what have you guys been up to the last few years?

Daniel Sanders
Man just living life. Still writing, getting together as bro’s and putting down some tracks. We started the whole thing at quite a young age. We decided to take our foot off the pedal for a while so to speak. It was good to take a break from living out of each others pockets and stealing each others durries for the last twenty years. So we’ve been living our lives and gaining some experience along the way but have never stopped writing.

SCENEzine
We are stoked that Gyroscope are back with new songs and a tour. Why does right now feel the right time for you guys to re-emerge?

Daniel Sanders
The songs were there and spoke for themselves. They presented themselves in a way that we were really chuffed with them and wanted to record them and in doing so when you become an established band the next logical step is to release it and let the public enjoy it. We are just continuing on with the same sort of energy that we stopped off at so it’s been really good.

SCENEzine
Is there much of meaning behind the new song “Dabs”?

Daniel Sanders
Not really a meaning per se. The lyrics bounce between a few different things and they are open for interpretation as all of my lyrics are. I like it when people make up their on minds from whatever the hell I’m saying. It’s just a cool tune that we recorded before “crooked thought” that we had sitting on the boiler for a while. Then it took Parko who recorded the songs to put it in font of us again to say this is a pretty cool song. So we choose those two songs. There’s still a batch that we are working on and will hopefully see the light of day at some stage.

SCENEzine
How did the writing process work for “crooked thought”?

Daniel Sanders
That one just came out of a jam. All four of us were on our tools knocking it out in a rehearsal room in around an hour and had the song. Then I took it up to my studio and put some words to it. Musically it wasn’t a hard one that one, it was really comfortable and felt fresh at the time. I think our best songs are written when we are all full steam ahead in a room.

SCENEzine
Has your lyric writing changed much from when you were younger to now?

Daniel Sanders
It’s a bit more weird, the chop and change metaphorical aspect to it. But it’s pretty much the same sort of crap that I always sung about man, just things that mean stuff to me that hopefully someone else can take on their own interpretation. I’ve always had my idols like Kurt Cobain that hasn’t changed.

SCENEzine
Has there been any talk of a new Gyroscope album?

Daniel Sanders
Well with plans for an album we are not too sure. We are just going to keep writing and see how it goes. It sounds a bit cliché but we are taking it week by week. Just enjoying the process, that’s when we write our best stuff when we are all available. We get together when we can and if songs present themselves we go in the studio and record them.

SCENEzine
You are hitting the road touring around Australia in January 2018. You must be pretty excited?

Daniel Sanders
It’ll be great to get into these venues we haven’t been to for ages and play some shows again man. I’m stoked.

SCENEzine
After reading social media comments on the bands facebook of how keen your fans are for these shows it must be pretty awesome to hear also?

Daniel Sanders
Definitely it’s really cool to see that people are spreading the word again, elbowing their mates saying the boys are back at it let’s go check them out. It’s hopefully the start of more shows so if we don’t hit every city this time around I’m sure there will be something down the track. Dude it’s just been so long since we had a tour with fresh stuff and a new approach so it’s really good.

SCENEzine
Throughout the years Gyroscope toured with some bands that we are massive fans of like Blink 182, Brand New and Dashboard Confessional. Is there any band you were blown away that you got to share the stage with?

Daniel Sanders
Yeah well all the ones you named are pretty cool. I was just looking the other day at a poster of a festival we played in Perth with Foo Fighters, Oasis and Karnivool. Personally the Blink 182 tour was pretty cool. We got to hang out and meet those guys but they also brought along Sparta. Meeting Jim Ward and the Sparta mob was really cool. Seeing what they were putting down at the time was sort of what we were doing also so it was nice to know we were relevant. This Aussie band from Perth playing alongside one of our idols being Blink 182 at the time and meeting Sparta knowing it featured At The Drive-In members it was a really cool tour. They were all good guys and real inspirations so we took a lot from that. In saying that doing massive several week tours with The Living End was a good learning curve for us too.

SCENEzine
When I think of Gyroscope I think of an era of bands like Something With Numbers, Kisschasy and After The Fall. With so many bands falling off the radar do you think there’s a reason why Gyroscope are able to keep going?

Daniel Sanders
I don’t know. Is it dedication? Is it mateship? Some bands just keep doing it and some bands don’t. All these bands are great mates of ours but when you get into your life cycle and it may not permit having a musical career or ambition. We have been so close together for so long that we are very adaptable. Whenever we put the foot on the accelerator or take it off we all adapt at the same rate. We are just really solid mates and know each other really well which makes for an easy work atmosphere.

SCENEzine
Is it crazy to think how much the music industry has changed since you guys started? Now cd’s aren’t as popular it’s all about streaming or vinyl.

Daniel Sanders
Yeah it’s come full circle and then some. It’s so digital yet it’s so analog in aspects. It’s good to know we are starting to embrace the older technology. Everyody will do their own thing. Whether it’s some kid listening to your tune in Canada on an iphone or some guys frothing on your vinyl they are all enjoying it and have found you for whatvever reason. We just go with the flow, you can’t battle technology it’s going to keep presenting itself but us old school cats will keep wanting to reminisce as we do.

SCENEzine
Our personal favourite Gyroscope song is “safe forever”. Is that something you still enjoy playing live?

Daniel Sanders
Yeah definetly it’s probably been our closing track forever. A song that we know we can end up breaking stuff on stage and breaking ourselves. It’s an all insculsive song, the crowd digs it, we dig it and it stood the test of time.

SCENEzine
Lastly do you have a message for the Aussie fans who are stoked for the tour?

Daniel Sanders
Yeah come one, come all and we will have a good time. We will do what we do best and that’s give the old Perth red hot go.

(interview by Christian Ross)

 

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