Rock Hill-based experimental rock band GASP recently released their full-length debut album, A Violet Maze of Dreams. Over the past few months the band has been playing shows around Rock Hill and Charlotte, and will be traveling to Clemson on June 8th to make their upstate debut at the notorious house venue Pablo (home base of The Pablo Generation).
GASP recorded A Violet Maze of Dreams with John Nipe at Satellite Studios in Fort Mill, which has since been rebranded and converted to a mobile recording setup called Noise by John. The band recorded the album with three members but has since expanded to five, including the addition of a second drummer.
A Violet Maze of Dreams is funky, heavy, and decorated with plenty of trippy vocal effects. According to bassist Tim McFall, the band’s live show is even more wild than they sound on the album, especially since expanding to a five piece. With two full drum kits and a suitcase filled with vocal effect pedals, GASP strives to get you dancing along to their experimental post-rock soundscapes.
GASP was formed as part of a Rock Hill music scene tradition known as “Band From A Hat”. As the name implies, Rock Hill musicians enter a drawing and are randomly pulled from a hat to form a four-piece band. After the names are pulled, the new bands have two months to put a set together and play. Several notable Rock Hill bands have formed in this way, including GASP, Mall Goth, and Chase Warren & the Homewreckers.
Listen to A Violet Maze of Dreams below.