Band Gatsby goes green, The Towerlight
Macaroon Shindig, 2005?
Shows packed with fans, energetic crowds, a supportive scene, and name-recognition—all aspects many local bands only dream of. “Anybody can be in a band. Everybody wants us to be one of those bands,” said Gatsby Gets the Green Light guitarist Trevor Simpson after a show last summer. “It’s impressive because we’re there now.”
Formed only a year ago, the band has gained exposure on Acclaim Punk (nine out of ten stars “And it’s really cool because they trash really good bands,” said singer Rory Pettingill) and a devoted following for their catchy style of pop-rock music.
Formed from the remains of side projects, the four friends started the band as an extracurricular to alleviate the pressure of their dedication to other projects. When their interest peaked and the other bands proved less successful, all members dedicated their full attention to Gatsby Gets the Green Light. “We’ve all been in really bad bands and now we’ve found it,” explained drummer Matt Galler.
Now, Gatsby is working hard to move forward. “We’re never taking a break, we’re always working,” said Matt. “We’re tying not to push it. We want to be the best we can.” The band is currently recording their next album and playing shows locally in Maryland.
As proof, after only two weeks together, the band recorded two demos (which set them on the path to internet fame). “The first song [Murphy’s Law] was towards our catchy stuff,” said Rory. The group also dove head first into performing, while finding their niche locally and musically. “We were opening shows all the time and for awhile we were that band that couldn’t get a show. Now we’re moving up,” said Rory.
The band is recording now and has begun to post demos on their PureVolume and MySpace sites. “We try to make it not boring,” said Matt. “Because we only have one guitar player, it forces us to make our music creative and work harder,” said Trevor of the one of the band’s many driving forces. Regarding the process he added, “We pay attention to detail. All of us have to be on the same page. We write songs and then we go back and add doo-dads.” Rory added, “We try to write music that people can get into.”
Thus far, the fans have. Attending a show one will find the band’s fans in front of the stage, singing along and dancing. Other members of the crowd, previously unaware of Gatsby’s drive and talent, find the set hard to resist. Such energetic and emphatic behavior is typically seen with today’s bigger rock bands, but Gatsby’s dedication and talent have taken them to greater heights. In regards to the band’s plans Trevor jokingly added, “In two years we want to be old enough to buy porn.” Though the band is young (Rory and Andrew are still in high school, while Trevor and Matt have recently graduate), their youth has not gotten in the way of their music. “Our stuff is going to be mature,” Rory remarked. The band is currently in the studio recording for a new, as yet untitled, LP.
Gatsby has begun to pay their dues by sacrificing sleep, patience and money to dedicate countless hours to the band. In return, the band has shared the stage with Adelphi, Amber Pacific and Valencia.
“Overall we want this to be our lives. This is our lives right now,” said bassist Drew Cohen, “We’ve made a lot of sacrifices.”
GATSBY GETS THE GREEN LIGHT IS:
Rory Pettingill - Vocals
Trevor Simpson - Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Cohen - Bass
Matt Galler - Drums