Sometimes things go wrong. No matter the resistance, some paths careen towards places you never wished to travel. Earlier this year, Aaron Gillespie went there. He experienced what he can only articulate as a tumultuous time of life turned upside down, and as he pulled himself out of personal wreckage, few people came to his aid. Left alone, Gillespie went to his studio. I started writing this record when I was mourning, he explains. Its been a really weird year, and healing comes differently to people. This helped me cope.
In the early months of 2016, when the mire was thick, Gillespie spent four days in his studio recording. Although hes been a successful musician for years (playing with musical outfits Underoath and The Almost), his newest solo pursuit showcases his musicianship in a new light. When you listen to Out Of The Badlands, youll be listening to Aaron Gillespies most vulnerable project to date.
The record is a compilation of reworked past releases, covers, and original songs, all of which were recorded and produced by Gillespie himself. The production shows where I was at the time. I didnt need any noise in my life, I didnt need anything fake. Theres no programming, he explains. I did it all myself. Its as naked as I could get it to be. Its raw and honestits what I sound like at my worst, with a broken heart.
The covered tracks from UnderoathA Boy Brushed Red and Reinventing Your Exitare, to Gillespie, sacred and nostalgic. His other songs, like the cover of The Almosts Say This Sooner, include honest lyrics he still needs to sing. His original songs, however, are too sentimental to discuss. Raspberry Layer Cake is the most honest song Ive ever written, he confesses, and I wont talk about it.
To Gillespie, life is about what you do with the negative. Although sometimes things go wrong, and some paths end up in a place you never wished to travel, its up to you what to do when you get there. When youre really going through something, he notes, when youre really being wrung over the washboard, you can find beautiful art inside yourself. Out Of The Badlands, out August 19th on Tooth & Nail Records, is the result of that wringing.
Aaron Roderick Gillespie (born July 18, 1983) is an American musician, best known for being the drummer and clean vocalist for the metalcore band Underoath, and the current lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the alternative rock band The Almost. Gillespie also maintains his own solo project, and released his debut full-length album, Anthem Song on March 8, 2011. As of August 26, 2013, he is the touring drummer for Paramore.