GIG REVIEW: GEMINI SYNDROME, STITCHED UP HEART & 9ELECTRIC Live at The Machine Shop, Flint, MI
One of the first stops on Gemini Syndrome’s current tour brought them to the Machine Shop in Flint Michigan. A favorite stop among most touring bands as Kevin Zink and staff always do a great job taking care of their acts, this venue has been a home away from home for many. Gemini Syndrome began this tour to preview and support their new album, ‘Memento Mori’, which is scheduled for an August 19th release. This will be their second album from their Trilogy, recorded and produced by Kane and Kevin Churko.
The eager crowd lined up early, and the floor was full as openers 9Electric hit the stage. Touring in support of their debut album ‘The Damaged Ones’, this LA band meant business. Vocalist Ron Underwood was very interactive with the fans, climbing and leaning on the guard rails to get as close to them as possible. With a combination of electro-rock, heavy rock, and electronic metal fused with an industrial sound, they seamlessly delivered their new music to the masses.
Stitched Up Heart were up next, delivering a mix of gothic metal and hard rock. Also from LA, Stitched Up Heart were touring in support of their major label debut ‘Never Alone’. Vocalist Mixi mixed screams with jazzy and melodic elements as she gave her all to the energetic crowd. Perseverance obviously pays off, as they are now reaping the rewards after six years of hard work since forming the band.
The lights dimmed, and Brian Medina perched on his drum stool, head down, hands folded in prayer or meditation. This is a ritual that long time fans have come to expect, as it signals that the show is about to begin. Bassist Alessandro Paveri took his spot at the rear of the stage, almost out of view. This may have been to put more of a highlight on the two newest members, Daniel Sahagun and Charles Lee Salvaggio, both on guitar. As the opening riffs of “Resurrection” pounded through the room, vocalist Aaron Nordstrom took center stage, wearing his familiar white shirt, dreadlocks swinging around his face. He was an energetic and engaging front man, singing along to and with members of the crowd, while pacing back and forth like a lion stalking its prey.
Drummer Brian was also highly energetic and entertaining to watch as he swayed back and forth behind the kit, even managing to smile and pose for pictures while doing so. One of my personal favorites on the drums, for sure. Fans were treated to a multitude of familiar songs from the first album – as well as “Remember We Die” from the upcoming new release – before closing the show with “Stardust”. From the sweaty, glowing faces filling the room, it was clear that this was a night to be remembered by all. Be sure to catch this show if it comes to a city near you!