Gone Is Gone's Meeting of the Minds

Gone Is Gone's Meeting of the Minds

by Rod Yates | September 20th, 2016 10:45:AM EST

The lead up to the debut show by Gone Is Gone – featuring At the Drive-In drummer Tony Hajjar, Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders, Queens of the Stone Age guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen and film composer Mike Zarin – was far from ideal. Three days before their first rehearsal, Hajjar went to the toilet in the middle of the night, blacking out and collapsing along the way.

"My little boy found me on the floor, bleeding," he says. "So we called the paramedics."

He passed out a further three times, until tests revealed he was suffering from extreme dehydration. He wasn't cleared to rehearse until one-and-a-half days before Gone Is Gone's first gig, on April 27th. "I was a little bit nervous, but the show turned out to be really cool."

The genesis of the project stretches back to 2011 when Hajjar and Zarin, who at the time were composing scores for film trailers, started penning songs they thought a band could flesh out. Hajjar reached out to Sanders and Van Leeuwen, and the quartet set about writing and recording their debut self-titled EP, which was completed in 2013, but only just saw the light of day this July. An album, which they recorded in January 2014, will be released early next year.

Conscious of the fact that each member is busy with their own bands – Hajjar expects ATD-I to have completed their new record by next January – the group are careful to accumulate as much material as possible in the short periods together, to then roll out like an art project on a meticulously curated schedule.

"The band can work when all three of the other bands are touring," says Hajjar. "Gone is Gone is an art piece, and we have all these very intricate ideas."

From issue #779, available now.

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