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Gyroscope Is On The Level

Gyroscope Is On The Level

Who: Gyroscope, Behind Crimson Eyes, Mere Theory
Where: Newcastle Leagues Club
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Saturday October 15, 2005

GYROSCOPE didn't waste any time once they finished their second album Are You Involved. Just six weeks after returning from recording sessions in LA with producer Mark Trombino the second album from the Perth quartet was on the shelves.

``It's just been busy, busy, busy,'' drummer Rob Nassif said.

``But that's fine. You only get one crack at this music industry game so you've got to make the most of it and keep the momentum going.

Are You Involved was released just one year after the band's debut album, Sound Shattering Sound. Despite their prolific run of releases, it actually took the group seven years to put an album together.

Sound Shattering Sound was recorded in the band's hometown of Perth with respected WA producer Shaun O'Callaghan on board, so it was quite an eye-opener for the guys when they packed their gear and headed to LA to work with Trombino.

It was also a dream come true for the band who had wanted to work with the US producer ever since hearing his work on fellow WA band Jebediah's album Of Someday Shambles. Nassif said Trombino was the only producer on their ``wish-list''.

``Mark was the list. We didn't have anyone else. That was our first selection and luckily for us it came off.

``I think being over in LA and using a good producer and all of that probably made us a lot more serious about what we're doing.

``Not that we're not serious about it but it sort of makes you realise you've been given a real opportunity. You really want to make the most of it so you give it your best shot.'' Basing the band in the US for the recording had plenty of perks.

On weekends they discovered other parts of the country, including a visit to Las Vegas; they filmed the video for the single Fast Girl in Death Valley.

But the highlight for Nassif was when he had to hire drum equipment for the recording.

On his first day in the studio, Nassif was presented with a selection of drums and became quite attached to one in particular.

``I was using one that was just such a cranking drum and I said to the guy, `Wow this drum is really great. I definitely want to keep this one' and he goes, `Yeah you know, that's my baby. I love that drum' ''. Turned out it had been the same drum used by Dave Grohl when he recorded Nirvana's legendary album Nevermind. ``I couldn't believe it and he was so nonchalant about it.

``When I hit those drums for the first time I was so excited. It was just amazing.'' Gyroscope are on the road for a full-scale national tour that will appear at The Bandroom at Newcastle Leagues Club on Saturday night with support from Behind Crimson Eyes and Mere Theory.

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