Gnostic Gorilla Talks of the Past and the Present Timing of Their Music!


Coming such genres as electronic, gothic, industrial and dark wave, GNOSTIC GORILLA have put together something that has come a long way. LGP-ONE is the record label behind their releases and themselves as a whole, as this band continues to expand and reach ever so further in the music scene. With that said, the band talks of their past and present times.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

"Gnostic Gorilla" grew out of an earlier 'project' called "The Lonely Ghost Project". The project known as Gnostic Gorilla is mostly the work of Dean Mason, with a few contributors here and there, most notably Damla Bozkurt on Violins. In the earliest days, when the project was just Dean Mason, there was a regular line up…David Byrnes on skins, Shawn Saunders on Guitars, Dave Davidson on bass and Tony Bourdeau on guitars. This was in the early days when Dean Mason recorded a single title Dark Hallway with Golgotha as the B-side.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

“Gnostic Gorilla” was originally the name of one of Mason’s songs which later was renamed “Eye For A Lie”. I (Dean Mason) changed the name to Gnostic Gorilla after finding out that there was a band called “The Lonely Ghost Parade” and I did not want any confusion, even though I was using “The Lonely Ghost Project” long before they came out.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Gnostic Gorilla finds his dwelling in a cave in between Toronto and Montreal near the New York State border. The music scene? Everything and anything I guess, but not a really huge scene for the kind of music Gnostic Gorilla does.

4. How would you describe your style?

Some of it is dark and bizarre and abrasive, while some of the music is like Gothic New Wave. Gnostic Gorilla has some elements of acts like Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Rammstein, Type O Negative.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

St. Basil’s Asylum (Cleopatra Records)

Hide The Ghost (LGP)

Psalm for The Lost (LGP)

Phantom Mimes (LGP)

There is another album slated to be released by Cleopatra Records in the months ahead. Also some releases of remixes with Nowhere Now Records and also KL-Dark Records.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yes, an album to be released by Cleopatra Records tentatively titled "Synthetic Apocalypse".

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Gnostic Gorilla has no plans to tour at this time.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

I’m hoping to work with other artists. Already have. One day at a time.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Well, Gnostic Gorilla is on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, Deezer, (most digital suppliers) and also there is a BC page. https://gnosticgorilla.bandcamp.com/. All information regarding Gnostic Gorilla can be found here: http://www.gnosticgorilla.com.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Hmmm. I would hope that people who listen to my music will at least see it as unique, but being "unique" in this world of "it’s all been done before" is quite difficult.

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