GLOOP is your new favorite noise-rock band. Self-described as “bathroom rock,” the band has taken noise-rock to new horizons. They sound as noisy and harsh as early Sonic Youth while sounding as effortless as Pavement. Bits of melody, often provided by bassist Blake Douglas, poke through the harsh wall of distorted, dirty sound generated by guitarist-vocalist Dominic Gianninoto. Drummer Max Detrich looks like a mad scientist behind the kit, providing crashing cymbals and frantic energy. Together, these three have created an album that will most certainly make you take the Lord’s name in vain.
Their most recent album, "The Tourist," is out now on Grimoire Records. The band was kind enough to answer a few questions about the making of the album:
How long have these songs been around, and what was the writing process like?
Detrich: The songs have been around for about a year. Dom or Blake will start the writing process off with a riff idea, and we’ll all play around with the structure and add things until we feel it’s done.
Gianninoto: I think with this album we came into our own sound. On our first album, the song “Rest Area 51” was kinda the jumping off point for this album. Once I wrote that song, it started to click what I was going after. I also added slide once I saw this band, Sex Band, play in Frederick. It seemed like an easy tool to add to our sound. They were a catalyst for some of the material. Not that we sound like them but just wanting to get weird, I guess.
Describe the recording process. I’ve heard rumors that it was recorded in 24-48 hours. Is that true?
Detrich: Yep, all the drums, guitars, bass and vocals were recorded in one day. We spent the night at Noel’s studio and listened back in the morning to make sure there was nothing we wanted to redo. Recording with Noel at Grimoire Records was a great experience. Hit him up for your next recording!
Any interesting gear used?
Detrich: Uhh not particularly, we all play somewhat unique instruments. My drumset is a Tama Imperialstar from the 80’s. I bought it unwrapped off Craigslist and wrapped it myself (not very well), but it’s still on after 2 years!
Douglas: I play an old short scale Musicmaster bass. I think Dom’s Strat copy has a special brightness to it.
Gianninoto: Noel had a Traynor head with some modifications that I recorded a second track of guitar. It is currently on my Christmas list.
The “Skunked” music video is awesome. Who came up with the concept for that video?
Detrich: I came up with the original concept for the idea, we made the video the same way we write songs. I came in with the original idea and then we all messed around and played with it until we felt it was done.
Douglas: At our first show two years ago, the three of us inadvertently decided to wear yellow shirts and it became an unofficial color for GLOOP. Because of this, the yellow safety suits seemed like a good fit.
Favorite songs to play live from "The Tourist"?
Detrich: “Bright Sigh.”
Gianninoto: “Who Ate The Sun.” I always feel like that song is about to fall apart so it is fun to just hang on for the ride.
Douglas: “Salamander” is a fun one.
What’s next for GLOOP?
Detrich: Tour, tour, tour. We wanna play your town -- hit us up; we’re down for whatever!
Gianninoto: We are hoping to expand on our sound and continue to work on new material. We have been discussing maybe adding keys or horns.
Listen to GLOOP’s new album "The Tourist" below and catch them in the Maryland/Virginia/Pennsylvania area soon.