Interview – Gloomy June

I recently featured the song Save Anyone by Gloomy June in a round up review and playlist based around pop-punk music. I liked the song that much that I wanted to conduct an interview, which can be found below.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Save Anyone, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

Alexi: This is our first track under our new name Gloomy June. We wrote this song in May of 2020, when sheltering in place began to feel like the ‘new normal’. The song highlights the feelings I had at the time- a feeling of helplessness and a wish to instil hope in others. The song flips back and forth between a poppy-ness and a heaviness that shows an eclecticism that can draw people to our music or push people away with a melody change or rhythmic choice. I hope people like it!

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

Devin: The pandemic inspired me to quit my job as a teacher and follow my dreams in music. I’ve since been writing a bunch of songs for Gloomy June and working as a freelance composer. When I can power through the brain fog induced by the state of the world, being cooped inside has been good for writing and recording.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

Alexi: Devin usually comes up with a guitar line and a rough outline of the song, and either the whole band or the two of us start working out the structure of the song and I work on the lyrics somewhere in the middle. We demo the songs out with Jack (bass) recording us in Ableton. For Save Anyone, we worked with Aaron Hellam at Hellam Sound for production and recording. We love working with Aaron, and he recorded our previous records No Waves and Umbra.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Alexi: Definitely keep a look out in the next few months!

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

Alexi: We’ve started an EP that we hope will turn into a full album this year!

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

Alexi: We all would have really different answers to this, but personally I’ve been listening to the new Charli XCX as an influence. I also really like Jack Antonoff, and The 1975.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Alexi: We’re based in San Francisco, California. It’s been a little rocky getting back into the scene since shelter-in-place in 2020, but I’m very involved with the music scene here. It can be impossible to be a musician here because of the high cost of living, but those that do are super dedicated! I wouldn’t say we’re influenced by the bands around here, but I love going to see them and sharing a bill with them! I’m a big fan of Destroy Boys, Carpool Tunnel, Small Crush, Ha Vay, LoserLees, Goodworld, Buzzed Lightbeer, and that’s just in the San Francisco Bay Area!

The band recently changed their name from The Y Axes to Gloomy June. What prompted the change?

Alexi: Primarily, it was because people couldn’t spell it. You got it right though! Secondly and because of this, it just didn’t feel like it was serving us, because new people who heard us would forget our name right after we said it. We’re stoked about Gloomy June- we thought a long time to find a name that fits us as a pop band tinged with emo-ness.”

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Alexi: Be on the look out for summer dates, and for now, you can catch us on the West Coast of the U.S. and in parts of Canada:

May 3 San Francisco, CA at Brick and Mortar Music Hall
May 6 San Diego, CA at The Che Cafe
May 7 Los Angeles, CA at Flying Embers
May 11 Vancouver, BC at Red Gate
May 12 Bellingham, WA at The Shakedown
May 13 Seattle, WA at Conor Byrne Pub
May 14 Portland, OR at Honey Latte
May 15 Eugene, OR at The Lighthouse
May 20 Montreal, QC at Pouzzafest
June 1 San Francisco, CA at Makeout Room

Thanks for having us!