For this month’s ChicagoVerseUniteD cover story, every day in January will preview a different local artist’s plans for 2011. As an added bonus, today’s second feature: Gemini Club!
If the past month is any indication, 2011 is going to be a year to remember for Gemini Club. Earlier in January, the group dropped a remix of the Chilly Gonzales cut “You Can Dance” via RCRD LBL, going on to become that week’s most downloaded track and pulling a spin from Rob Da Bank on Radio 1.
It was also a notable month for nominations, with the group receiving recognition from upcoming Debonair event The 2nd Annual REHABBIES [Awards Ceremony + Red Carpet Rager] for Favorite track by Chicago artist heard at Rehab (Original Song), Favorite track by Chicago artist heard at Rehab (Remix Song), and Favorite local live performance, while The Deli Magazine listed Gemini Club as a contender for its Best of Chicago Emerging Artists 2010 Poll.
Now, looking ahead, the group is shifting its focus from remixes towards original material set to surface on a currently-untitled late spring or early summer EP. “We’re in the process of combining the best sounds of our remix work with Tom’s heartfelt melodies,” programmer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Brunelle reveals to CVU. “Expect more live instrumentation.” The effort will feature a mix of previously released fare and new material, with vocalist Tom Gavin declaring “We are working through rapidly developing ideas and sounds.” Following the release of the forthcoming EP, the band is said prepping work on further future releases.
Gemini Club play out Saturday, February 19th, at Lincoln Hall as part of Midnight Conspiracy‘s Delorean Nites monthly electronic music series. The event will feature the band’s new live rig set up, including enhanced synth capabilities, as well as vocal and guitar manipulation capabilities. ”We are currently reworking our performing rigs to accomodate our song writing process,” Gavin remarks on the new model, with Brunelle expanding ”If our live rig was a software, we just upgraded to 2.0.”
Gemini Club is also confirmed as official SXSW showcase talent, with more specifics to become available closer to the music conference. Watch for more Chicago SXSW coverage in the coming weeks at CVU, as well as the latest from Gemini Club!