Gaia is the latest rock trio from Lafayette that features two members from beloved band Pnature Walk. With Ethan Robbins on guitar and vocals and Charles Stetler on drums, these guys like to make powerful punk jams with some pop twists. The group started with bassist John Monical, but right now John is being replaced by a guy named Ghost Turtle.
Prior to the upcoming show at The Spot Tavern with Nobunny, Ethan sent me a frog emoji on Facebook messenger, and I asked him if that was supposed to be Pepe the Frog. This LEAKED interview will show the damning details of whether or not Gaia is associated with the Alt-Right or if they are just a band of young dudes making noise. You be the judge!
Greg Lindberg: Does Pepe the Frog have any significant relation to Gaia?
Ethan Robbins: Feels good man.
ER: Sorry I meant, “feels good man”.
GL: John Feelsgoodman, am I right
GL: How did Gaia form? Was it serendipitous?
ER: Yeah kind of. Our bass player, John Feelsgoodman, was free from school in the summer so we just got together and made some grooves together. John was also the o.g. bassman in Pnature Walk, and Charles (Chuck) and I had ideas and presented those to him. It all clicked like always.
GL: After Pnature Walk disbanded, was transitioning into Gaia material sort of the next evolutionary step?
ER: Yeah, I’d say. We were all getting into XTC (the band) and other post-punk groups. It all kind of formed into a goth post-punk pop angle.
ER: Also summer was pretty depressing personally.
GL: Sorry to hear that.
GL: Gaia seems pretty positive though.
ER: Yeah it’s bittersweetness.
GL: I just did a Google search for “Gaia band” and found the Gaia official Facebook page. I’m assuming this isn’t you guys.
GL: Their last post was from July 5, 2016. It says, “New material in the works. Get excited!” And then nothing else was ever posted.
GL: Perhaps you stole the energy from the official Gaia.
ER: I think the official Gaia is like Peru Nickelback.
GL: Here’s a unique question: What was the inspiration for the name Gaia?
ER: We actually came up with the name by thinking of Rome aesthetics and Chuck brought up some things along those lines. John brought up some things, and we always seem to pick names revolving around nature because of the way we naturally just happen to make songs.
ER: Then we realized that Gaia is the primordial deity of Earth, so we all agreed that was cool.
ER: Greek stuff. Election year was carnage.
GL: Did the election or politics affect the songwriting process? Like, is Gaia staying out of the mess or will you perhaps be the rebel music that liberals crave?
ER: I’d say in one of our songs, “Fortune,” I touch on misleading information spread to the millions. I’d say any just fight is worth fighting.
GL: So are you saying, in a way, Gaia is a part of the liberal media?
ER: Hahahahahahaha. Just put my answer as “fist emoji.”
GL: I will. I don’t think we have the technology to actually show the fist emoji.
ER: Yeah, it’ll get there, and when our language changes to sticky emojis we will bask in these days.
GL: That reminds me, Gaia should try to get on the soundtrack for the new Emoji movie.
GL: Anyways, how would you describe the energy of your guys’ live shows?
ER: I’d say our energy is staring at people’s eyes. Sometimes into them.
GL: That sounds like some hypnotism and sorcery.
ER: Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you we are sirens.
GL; Like the po-po?
ER: No, like the women I always seem to meet.
GL: Oh, like in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
ER: Yeah, but like if the VHS was magnetized a little.
GL: Gotcha. They should have just called that movie, “Oh, Brother!” IMHO.
ER: I wish the movie “Saw” was called “Sand,”
ER: Cause they could make it look like an “Aladdin” sequel to kids but really it’s “Saw.”
GL: With desensitization and information overload, do you think art can still surprise people?
ER: I guess that ups that ante for art, huh?
ER: That is already now.
ER: I started playing GTA when I was 11.
ER: Also, Tinder is a thing, so I’m quite sure desensitization is now.
GL: It’s not Gaia’s job to break the mold or surprise anyways.
ER: “Just walk all over me.”
GL: What else is in store for Gaia this year?
ER: Well we hope to record more, and hopefully go on some little tours sprinkled throughout the year. As long as we have a band, we are creating. So that’s fun.
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