On Tour: Gemini Syndrome

Not only does Aaron Nordstrom possess the ability to scream when needed, his tenor vocal is strong and melodic.


With their highly anticipated second album on the way, L.A. based heavy rockers Gemini Syndrome are headed back out on the road. As the new album Memento Mori does not hit the shelves until August 19, fans have to make do with the first single “Anonymous,” a blistering attack on the sense, filled with rich harmonies and staying true to the band’s unique style. If this is a sign of the album to come, current fans will be ecstatic and new fans are certain.

With four singles released from their debut album Lux, including “Pleasure and Pain” and the chart-hitting “Stardust,” the band will no doubt be charming audiences with new material, along with favorites from Lux. Having left Warner Bros., they are now on Another Century Records, a label that better allows its artists to take their time on a project.

Live, the band are precise and heavy, bringing their brand of melodic rock noir to the stage with a style all their own. Vocalist Aaron Nordstrom, who once played guitar for Otep, leads the group with a strong voice and true presence. Not only does he possess the ability to scream when needed, his tenor vocal is strong and melodic. With his tattooed face, Alessandro “AP” Paveri plays his bass with a fluidity that is unparalleled. Drummer Brian Steele Medina complements Paveri’s bass work, making for a formidable rhythm section.

Gemini Syndrome, however, seem to go through guitarists pretty quickly. Taking over previously held positions are axemen Daniel Sahagun and Charles Lee Salvaggio. This tour will prove whether they have the chops it takes to hold this band together onstage.

Opening the majority of the shows is L.A band 9Electric. On the road to promote their forthcoming debut, The Damaged Ones, the foursome are a true spectacle live. Energetic with a touch of sassiness, the band rocks through tracks like “Stop,” “Time Bomb,” and the über sing-able “Can You Feel This.” Two previous EPs, Can You Feel This and Control, both showcase an act that, with the right push, could have a serious future. They are a band on the rise, with live energy that is contagious.

Starting off the night will be Stitched Up Heart, a hard rock band from California who shares a label with the headliners. Formed in 2010 by singer Alecia “Mixi” Demner, the band has released two EPs, 2012’s Stitched Up Heart and Skeleton Key in 2014.They are touring in support of the forthcoming full-length Never Alone. | Marc Farr

See Gemini Syndrome with special guests 9Electric and Stitched Up Heart in St. Louis at Firebird on Tuesday, July 19. Tickets are available at the Firebird or via the band’s website. A full list of tour dates is below.

07.13 | Club X, Salt Lake City
07.14 | Herman’s Hideaway, Denver
07.15 | Aftershock, Merriam KS
07.17 | Chicago Open Air, Chicago
07.19 | Firebird, St Louis
07.20 | Big Shots, Valparaiso IN
07.21 | Bada Brew, Crest Hill IL
07.22 | Sandlot, Green Bay WI
07.23 | The Machine Shop, Flint MI
07.25 | Agora Theatre, Cleveland
07.26 | Diesel, Pittsburgh

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