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An Interview With Gasoline Lollipops

Boulder based Alt-country / Punk act Gasoline Lollipops, recently released their latest LP “Soul Mine.” The group is easily becoming one of the most exciting bands in the alt country scene, and “Soul Mine” is just one example as to why this group has started to pick up momentum. If you’ve not checked out the album, its one we definitely recommend you pick up. (check out our full review here)

My hope is that lonely and heartbroken people will feel recognized and validated. I hope that everyone takes strength, joy and courage from it. The album is anthemic in nature, it should be played loud with complete disregard of pessimistic prophecies. Together we are strong.

I caught up with the band to talk a bit more about Soul Mine, as well as the song writing and recording process. After they return from Belize, the band will be playing various shows throughout the CO area, so you’ll want to be sure to check them out live!

“Soul Mine” is your first vinyl release. How does it feel to hold actual records in your hands?

Amazing! I’ve been listening to vinyl since I was a kid. I covered the walls of my first apartment with my favorite albums, so to have one with my band’s name on it is deeply satisfying.

The album art is pretty rad, and matches the theme, and I know the coal industry is quite large in Colorado, was there any specific inspiration behind it?

The inspiration for the album art on Soul Mine is drawn solely from the lyrics of the title track; “It’s been a long time digging in the Soul Mine / looking in the dark for something that shines / All I found was coal, all I felt was shame / When I heard that devil calling my name.”

With all the positive feedback that I’ve seen, is it safe to assume that you guys are very pleased with the fan reaction to the release?

Yeah, people seem to dig it, it’s getting a lot of air play and all the reviews I’ve seen so far are positive. I just write what I feel and so far our audience seems to relate to those feelings. Without that, we’d really just be playing to hear ourselves play. So I’m very grateful that I’m not alone in these feelings and experiences. Our audience feels them too.


“White Trash,” from their previous release “Resurrection” at the Fox Theater last February

Your songs are musically rich and diverse, but the lyrics also have a very powerful approach to storytelling. What comes first for you – music or lyrics?

It’s never the same process twice. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes lyrics, sometimes it’s just a beat, or a rainstorm.

This seems like the type of record in which the songs can have a pretty significant meaning, what is your personal favorite track on this release, and why?

That’s a tough one. So many different genres are represented on this record, picking a favorite would depend on the mood I’m in. But I suppose if I were pressed to pick, I’d say “Burns”. It is one of those rare songs that wrote itself. It took me as long to write it as it takes to play it. In fact, I wrote it by playing it. It’s one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written, and at the same time one of the most universal.

Was there any particular challenge during the recording of this album, perhaps a song that took a lot more work than others?

The main challenge on this record was due to scheduling conflicts with our planned engineer. As a result, I ended up producing and engineering the record by myself almost entirely by myself. That was a huge learning curve. While I’m happy with the end result, I know now this is not where my passion lies. I look forward to working with a seasoned engineer and producer for our next album.

What do you hope that listeners can take away from this album?

My hope is that lonely and heartbroken people will feel recognized and validated. I hope that everyone takes strength, joy and courage from it. The album is anthemic in nature, it should be played loud with complete disregard of pessimistic prophecies. Together we are strong.

I know you guys have a couple of dates going into February, and are you planning on touring to promote this release further into 2018?

Yeah. We’ll be in Belize in January, we’re running a circuit of festivals throughout the U.S. in the summer and we hope to be getting back to Europe in the summer as well.

Thanks for your time! Is there anything else you’d like to add for the fans?

The Gas Pops love you!

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