Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with TB (vocals/guitars) and Ken Belcher (bass/backing vocals) from A Gathering Of None.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
TB: A Gathering of None is what happens when you have five guys, all from different states, converge to create music that is diverse by way of our personal influences, but has enough common ground to be cohesive. We have several sounds, be they grunge, 90’s alternative, prog metal, post hardcore, melodic punk and stoner rock. Been that way since 2013.
KEN: A Gathering of None is a five piece band consisting of a diverse group of musicians located all over the southwest, southeast, and northeast United States. We’re certainly not the typical model for a band. Each of the members are geographically quite far away from each other. Chris and I are the closest, at around 100 miles separating us. As such, we tend to do a lot of our writing and demoing remotely over the Internet. So much so, that we actually thank the Internet in our liner notes.
A Gathering of None was formed in 2012/2013. When it started out it was just TB writing songs, singing, and playing all the instruments. The first EP (Purging Empty Promises -2013) is entirely TB. The next record (Nothing Left to Lose – 2015) saw the addition of Chris on drums and Justin on guitars. The songwriting on that record was also exclusively TB. Up until that point, AGON had essentially been a studio project. With most of the songs written for our latest record (One Last Grasp at Hope – 2018), myself and Jeff joined the band on bass and guitar, respectively. With this, TB was able to focus solely on being a vocalist and front man. We had our debut show in September 2016 in New Jersey which marked the first time that we had all played together on the same stage. For most of us, it was also the first time we had met in person.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
TB: I can only speak for myself but there are many. Corrosion of Conformity, Only Living Witness, King’s X, The Ramones, Bad Religion, Foo Fighters, QOTSA, Strung Out, Ignite, Face to Face, Smashing Pumpkins and Quicksand.
KEN: Wow, there’s a ton. Overall we are heavily influenced by mid 90s rock, grunge/alternative, and dare I say, metal. For me, bands like Rush, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Pantera, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
TB: We just released our third album April 6th called One Last Grasp At Hope. Your readers should check it out because it’s honest, hard hitting heavy rock that has something for everyone.
KEN: One Last Grasp at Hope is just one hell of a record. The songs on it are at the same time diverse and cohesive. It flows really well from beginning to end, making it quite an enjoyable listen. There’s a nostalgic nod to the 90s that’s undeniable throughout the record, but at the same time the songs are fresh and modern. Overall, anyone that enjoys heavy rock and metal will be sure to find something they like on it. We’re very happy with the songs as a whole, and the musicianship on this record is excellent. The production is phenomenal, especially knowing that we entirely DIY’d this record. We’re all very proud of this record. Your readers should definitely check it out, we think they’ll like it too.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
TB: Energy, honest and real emotion and fun.
KEN: Our shows tend to be fairly high energy and certainly fun for us as well as the crowd. We play songs from every album, at least one from each. All of us have been musicians for quite a while and are pretty comfortable on stage, allowing us to focus on putting on a good show. We also try to spice things up with an interesting cover song that we might find. We like to take songs that we all like and “AGONize” them. People will have a chance to see us out on the road in early July 2018. We will be doing a seven date tour in the east and northeast. Specific dates and venues are still being finalized, but folks can check our website/Facebook/Twitter for details.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
TB: Hopefully touring more, recording more and eventually getting over to Europe because we seem to have a steadily growing fanbase there.
KEN: Well, within that timeframe we would certainly like to have been back in the studio and have another record out. We really focus on songwriting and adding new material as a part of what we do in AGON. We are fortunate to have multiple songwriters in the band, and each of us is a multi instrumentalist, which helps significantly both with songwriting and in the studio. We would also like to broaden our live shows and touring. We’re hoping to get to the West Coast within the next year or two and it would be great to go to Europe. Overall we would like to just keep on building on what we have already achieved.