by Lexi Bissonnette
Touring with a band that was your inspiration is a dream come true for many artists. Gentlemen Hall is no exception in their excitement as they gear up for a tour with Third Eye Blind. “The fact that we’ll be sharing a stage with them is still blowing our minds, it’s a huge honor to go on the road with them,” says Gentlemen Hall’s bass player Rory Given.
But Gentlmen Hall is no small band themselves. The band has won four awards since they joined together in 2009. These awards include the 2009 MTV VMA award for “Best Breakout Boston Artist”, “Best Local Act” from the Boston Phoenix in 2010 and then two more awards from the 2011 Boston Music Awards.
They’ve also had their songs in national media, outside of just the radio. “Sail Into the Sun” was used for a commercial campaign and has been featured in Pretty Little Liars and 90210. Something that they’re grateful for and blown away by. “For people to find you through so many platforms is really wild and exciting,” says Given.
The band has grown since they started, as all bands do. With each member having a different musical background Given explains that it was fun to toss their influences together and gain a more common ground in their sound as they evolved. “Now it’s one band with more defended style all working and thinking on the same plane.”
With so much success under their belt already, the band has no intentions of slowly anything down in the upcoming 2014 year or during their tour with Third Eye Blind. “We’re looking at 2014 as the year to really show the country what we’re about,” explains Given. The band has been working on material for five years and Given feels the record they will release in 2014 is some of their proudest work.
The tour kicks off November 1st and it’s going to be a fun one. “We’re coming out the gate swiping on this one. It’s gonna be a non-stop, in-your-face power set from start to finish.” Given also adds in a little something extra. “And then we’re going to autograph everyone’s faces with permanent marker.”
Bring your Sharpee to the Tower Theatre on Saturday night.