GFM's Trio Plays a Game of Lucky 13 Questions Talking of New EP and Tour!

Up and coming metalhead's GFM or Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh, has been together for sometime, even talking with us a while back, but now they have much more going on. Ranging from a tour, upcoming EP, and just lots of talk about those and plans ahead.

1. So your band's namesake as a whole is Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh but its since been shortened to GFM how come?

We’ve been running as GFM for a bit now, and it’s really just because it’s easier to say and fit on a tshirt haha. Anytime we’re asked about its meaning though, we’re not afraid to tell them that it stands for Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh and what that means!

2. Do you think those who aren't familiar with GFM knows of the band's full namesake or everyone is just on the if you know it, you know it otherwise just call us "GFM"?

I think it’s a bit of both. We just got off a big tour, and there were people asking us what GFM meant, but there were also people that looked up our band before coming to the show, so they knew the full name. So, I think it’s really a mix of both.

3. It's been 2 years since we last spoke and your released your EP "Operation Takeover", with another EP on the way "Framing My Perception" how do these two differ and compare to one another?

Both of these projects have a mix of heaviness and a pop punk attitude, but with Framing My Perception, we wanted to make sure we grew as a band. We never want to stay stagnant, so we chose to work on our melodies and develop our screams and choruses. Framing My Perception also has content that identifies the root issue among many relationships and ideas of Christian faith.  Operation Take Over was about literally taking over the world together and being a tight-knit community, but we realized you can’t help others unless you help yourself first.  We wanted to bring those issues to light, so that we can be a strong force, not only between sisters, but with our listeners as well.   

4. Why go and release another EP as opposed to an LP? The last time LP's were released were back in 2015 with "Death Of Giants" and 2016's "Identity Crisis". Will those see a re-release perhaps?

So, we’ve been releasing Eps a lot. We wanted to put out lots of music in a short amount of time, and we realized you’re kind of restricted on releasing new music when you’re trying to push an entire album. We had to wait 3 years before releasing another project the last time we did an album, but that time is really necessary if you want to make the production cost worth it. EPs have been a little easier to make, and we’ve been able to release something every year since we started working with EPs. We’d love to do another album though because they really do take on a life of their own. So it’s not a confirmed yes or no as to whether we’d do another one or not!

5. Would you say the material found upon this EP is more on the lighter side compared to the hasher vocals of the last EP?

While there are a couple of lighter songs, the EP as a whole is definitely not lighter haha. Maggie gave a go at gutturals on one of the songs if that gives you any hints!

6. How did you get signed on with Rockfest Records, what made them the "one" to all the rest out there?

Joseph Rojas from Seventh Day Slumber is actually the head of Rockfest Records, and Seventh Day Slumber was the first band to bring us out on the road. They have given us so many of our first opportunities, so it just makes sense that they would be our first record deal as well. They have become our family, so we know they’ll be pushing GFM just as hard as we are, and we know they have our best interests in mind!

7. The upcoming EP see's a release of May 27th 2022 and that turns out to be a day off for you, on this current tour, so do you have a secret party planned out? Hence why the day off?!?!

The tour actually ended a week before the release, so we’ll be able to be home for release day! We have a hometown show at Kona Skatepark the day after, so it will be nice to celebrate with everyone.

8. Speaking of which Fozzy's Jericho invited you guys out on this tour, how has this tour been going for you?

Tour was a blast. It was a crazy whirlwind of learning experiences, excited crowds, and pure fun and joy. The guys in Fozzy were super supportive of us and welcomed us into their road family. We couldn’t have asked for a better tour.

9. You being a part of the Christian music scene, do you think talking about spirituality in music is becoming more popular and accepted in mainstream music?

I think it really is honestly. We’ve personally not received hate for being open with our faith from the stage, and we’re seeing bands who previously rejected anything to do with Christianity become more open to the idea of faith, and they’re starting to ask more questions too.

10. Does the band ever get criticized for not being Christian enough? IF so, how do you respond to those people?

We get our fair share of people that don’t really understand what we’re doing as a band. We try to be as open as we can, and we love to discuss with people. We understand our music and style is not for everyone, and that’s okay. We would encourage people to talk to us if they don’t understand our mission though.

11. What’s something that would surprise your fans to know about you?

We are very open with our fans and do a bunch of live streams, so there’s not much that our fans don’t know about haha. I don’t know that our fans would be surprised by anything at this point!

12. What does next year hold for GFM?

We’re still pushing through the rest of this year! We’ve got several tours lined up, as well as some crazy summer festivals. We’re excited to release new music and continue all the creative projects that come along with it. We’re hoping to join more tours next year, and possibly get back overseas once restrictions are released for traveling!

13. Anything else you want to add on?

Definitely make sure you are following @thegfmband on all social media sites because that is where information is announced first! We run all of our accounts, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We love hearing from our listeners, and we want to make sure everyone knows we are available to help. Go stream Framing My Perception!

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