A new super group is among us, and this one is comprised of some of my favorite musicians, wow!
Gone is Gone is comprised of At The Drive-In drummer, Tony Hajjar, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and keyboardist-guitarist Mike Zarin. An EP will appear this summer care of Rise Records/ BMG.
An interview with the band explains that Hajjar and Zarin have been working on film and videogame scores together since 2009, but brought Leeuwen aboard for a project around 2012. The three musicians jammed and arranged the music for the EP ahead of tapping Mastodon member Sanders to add vocals. They prepped 20 songs, with 13 of those expected to appear on an LP somewhere down the line.
“The vibe from day one was, and has been, very therapeutic and refreshing for me,” Sanders told
Rolling Stone. “The chemistry was immediate. I can only dedicate myself to something that rewards me purely, and we are all in this for the right reasons.”
He added: “This is a project that can live even when we are working with our other entities as well. The goal is to be able to compose remotely, if needed, on film, trailers, or on anything else that comes up…. It feels good to know that all this music will see the light of day soon.”
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