Albuquerque’s Throw the Temple play a mix of genres that have been described as alternative rock or hard rock, although the band does not shy away from producing the sounds of molten metal. The band has a demo out and is currently planning the production of a debut EP. Take Five caught up with lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Gabe Gambino, who spoke about the EP plans and other things going on with Throw the Temple.
Tell me about your band and its musical approach.
Gabe Gambino: “Throw The Temple is Matt Garcia (lead guitars, vocals), Joey Diaz (drums), Kody Audette (bass guitar, vocals) and myself (Gabe Gambino, lead vocals/rhythm guitar). We have been doing this thing for a little while now, through lineup changes, etc. Our musical approach has always been simple: If we like it, we’ll write and finish it. We’ve been noted as being a band whose genre is hard to specify, and we’ve always liked that, so we’ve stuck to it.
“One thing that sticks out is that we’re all really different people with far different influences, so finding that happy medium is key to our writing process. You may go in with one idea and come out with something going in a bit of a different direction, so it’s really fun shaping and creating new music together. Working this way also brings out a new creative side and gives a new perspective.
“Our live show can be described as crazy. I think we put on an engaging and fun show without needing to resort to played-out old methods. We work really hard rehearsing and honing our sound in order to enjoy the live experience. By the time we get up there, we’re itching to get up there and let it all out. It’s a hugely cleansing experience. We bring a heavy, moving show with a little something for everyone. We’ve had crowds from the kids to the older folks enjoying a TTT show.”
Tell me about your debut demo, which was released in April 2012. What can listeners expect to experience? Is it possible to still score a copy, and if so, where?
Gabe Gambino: “Our debut demo was recorded with Markus Adams, a noted live sound technician here in New Mexico. In my opinion, he’s absolutely one of the top sound guys in New Mexico. He graciously gave us the opportunity to record with him and it gave him the chance to work on some of his methods. I think the three songs on the demo, ‘Causeway,’ ‘White Collar Baller,’ and ‘No Way But Down,’ are great representatives of our sound. ‘The Causeway’ is a fast, driving song that is right down the middle. ‘White Collar Baller’ was based off a riff written by our original bassist, Jeremy Metcalf, and gives a bit of the broken down, slower, but driving heaviness, and ‘No Way But Down’ is one of our most known and loved songs. That one gets attributed to that old Black Sabbath flavor of old-school heavy music. The demo is available, you can purchase the songs off of ReverbNation, or you can come to a show and purchase a demo with the donation amount of your choosing.”
I understand the band will enter the studio this year to record a debut full-length CD. What can you tell me about the CD? When and where will it be possible to score a copy?
Gabe Gambino: “As far as studio plans, we’re currently changing our focus and recording an EP, rather than a full-length album. We’re looking to give more of our diverse sound that will be a better representation of our work over the last 18 months. Every band should be constantly growing and improving, and we’re ready to show that with our next set of recordings. We’re taking the preparations for the studio very seriously and working on showing you what we can do as a band.”
How has living in New Mexico (Albuquerque) influenced you musical approach?
Gabe Gambino: “I wouldn’t necessarily say that New Mexico itself has influenced a specific approach, speaking personally. We all strive to make music we personally enjoy and I think that resonates with our fans and people seeing us for the first time. We definitely try to bring that New Mexico flavor when we’re playing out of state, on stage and personally.”
Tell me about the song, “The Causeway.” What inspired the lyrics and how did you go about putting together the words?
Gabe Gambino: “‘The Causeway’ was one of the first songs I wrote for TTT. To me, the song is about the idea that the world around you could be falling apart, and finding that hope or escape from your pains and troubles. This song remains one of my favorites to play and came to me rather quickly. I think I was sitting down to dinner and wrote the original set of lyrics on a napkin when I came up with the words. It was a fun song to write and really fun to put together. With the evolution of the band, a lot of cool things were added, like Matt’s guitar leads, Joey’s drumming patterns, and Kody took it somewhere else with a more driving bass line.”