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Aaron Gillespie of The Almost

November 2, 2009 by  
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On November 3rd The Almost will release their new album Monster Monster, the follow up to their debut album Southern Weather.  Although “Southern Weather” could be described as more of an Aaron Gillespie solo project with the band coming to fruition after the fact, Monster Monster was a collaborative effort from start to finish with everyone in the band (Aaron Gillespie on vocals, Jay Vilardi on guitars, Dusty Redmon on guitars, Alex Aponte on bass, and Joe Musten on drums) involved.

From track one “Monster Monster” gives off a bit of a different vibe than “Southern Weather”.  Although cohesive, the songs tend to draw from many different musical influences which is undoubtedly the effect of the joint writing process. From bits of classic rock to modern melodic rock influences to an actual bluegrass steel guitarist taking part on a song, there’s a little bit of everything.  Lyrically the songs carry a shared theme of dealing with the monster in all of us – our inner demons and the positive and negative effects they bring and finding hope throughout.

Currently out on tour with The Used the hardest working man in the business, frontman Aaron Gillespie took some time to talk to us about the new album.

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | October  2009
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Cook With Aaron Gillespie From The Almost‏

October 14, 2009 by  
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Nothing says rock and roll like a good meal, especially when it’s with the frontman of your favorite band.  Fans of The Almost will have the chance to cook with singer Aaron in The Almost Culinary Contest.  Entrants must submit a video of themselves cooking their favorite dish to the Culinary Contest YouTube Group, and Aaron will choose the recipe that he likes best.  The winner will be flown out to the Capitol Tower in Los Angeles on November 10th to cook on camera with Aaron, and attend The Almost show at the Wiltern Theater later that night.  The contest starts now and will run through October 30th, with the winner announced on November 2nd.  Get all the details below:

The following day, on November 3rd, The Almost will release their sophomore album, Monster Monster.  It can be pre-ordered on their website, at Hot Topic stores, or at the band’s live shows.  All pre-orders will come with an exclusive Monster EP, available only until the album’s release.  See their MySpace or www.thealmost.com for details and tour stops.

Dusty Redmon of The Almost

September 9, 2007 by  
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thealmostmainThe Almost started as a solo project for all around workhorse Aaron Gillespie.  Sure, the name probably sounds familiar.  That’s because he’s the drummer for a little band called Underoath as well.  Let’s just say he’s a bit of an overachiever.

With Southern Weather, the debut disc from The Almost, Aaron wrote it from top to bottom and fronts the band that now delivers the goods live.  Gillespie played almost all of the instruments on the recording of the album and worked with producer Aaron Sprinkle to make this album everything it could possibly be.

The first single Say This Sooner grabbed the attention of music fans very quickly and started a buzz that has yet to stop. Southern Weather lets Gillespie display more of his melodic chops and allows him to get out from behind the drum kit and connect directly with the fans, something that is very important to him. The rest of the band, rounded out by Alex Aponte on bass, Kenny Bozich on drums and Dusty Redmon and Jay Vilardi on guitar are as connected to the songs as Aaron is.  By playing them night after night they have made a personal and spiritual connection with them as well – they aren’t just hired hands.

Currently blazing across the country with The Starting Line and Paramore, guitarist Dusty took some time to talk to TWRY staffer Stacie about the band, life on the road and some of his favorite things!

Interviewed by: Stacie Caddick-Dowty | September 2007
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