Profile: Eddie Gobbo of Something is Waiting

This is Eddie. He’s handsome.
We got the chance to profile up Eddie Gobbo about his up-and-coming group of Chicago badasses, Something is Waiting regarding their debut LP The Something is Waiting Band. The album will be released July 22, 2016 by The Path Less Traveled Records. Something is Waiting is comprised of Eddie Gobbo (vocalist of Jar’d Loose and Renaissance man) Pete Grossman, co-owner of Bricktop Recording, drummer Idin Alexzander played in ((Lone) Wolf and Cub), standouts of the Hewhocorrupts Inc. label as well as bassist Eddie Limperis (Barren Heirs). Their loudness is a brand of raw, stripped down, sometimes groovy rock and roll full of scathing punk lyrics (penned by Eddie).

 How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I got into music because at one point in my childhood, I started to hate my uncle. He was a self absorbed asshole, but he loved and played music. As much as I begged him, he would not show me or teach me a thing musically. He used to date Stevie Nicks in real life, by the way, even though he was a gay man. I told myself that at the age of about ten I would stop at nothing to crush him, and that this was my journey from here on out.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?

Never once anything, thankfully. That’s a slippery slope. Once you start sucking a band, scene, or whatever to get something, get ready! 

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
The best thing happening for Heavy Metal right now is a lack of interest in it, frankly. 5 years ago, Heavy Metal was hot as hell. Doom and Black Metal were blowing up. But with that came successful bands shitting all over themselves in the face of success (a band like Nachtmystium would be an example of that), and what I call “worship” bands forming left and right, devaluing what the trailblazers were doing (any band that was a Nachmystium worship band would be an example of that). Also around that time, guys and gals who liked Weezer or Bright Eyes started going around saying Electric Wizard was their favorite band. Thankfully, the majority of those kids have moved on by this point. They listen to Shoegaze, Pop Music, and weird DJ’s now. 

The reason I dig when lulls happen in Heavy Music is because it allows for the genre to evolve and new styles to form. For example, there was a massive lull in metal in the early 90’s. Then Nu Metal came along, and that became the biggest thing in the genre, for better or worse, for several years.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

Sure. Well, with my lyrics, I’ve always focused on writing about social interaction more than anything. I rarely get political. It’s more about analyzing social interaction and my personal experiences with such. For example, the song on the record Hippies Became Lawyers, which is about me analyzing all the rich, suburban, drug-taking hippies I met that followed Phish. They eventually grew out of that, and now they’re all lawyers, or some type of successful business person. It’s about safety nets in society. How people with the most money and family support can fuck off for years and years and do whatever they want, because they know they can get their “real life” going at their leisure. I’m not bitter toward these people, but I find it very interesting. 

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

I saw the movie Airheads when I was eight years old, and said I want to do whatever this is, mainly when I saw the White Zombie scene. That same year, I saw Serial Mom, great John Waters film, and that scene with L7 blew my mind! My parents were insanely cool with it, especially when they began to realize music was making me a better person. I was able to express myself better emotionally. Music has made me a more personable and approachable person. Basically, if done properly, music enhances your social interaction skills. If it doesn’t, then you are doing it wrong and purposely remaining introverted for mystic purposes.  

What’s the stickiest you have ever been?

I remember having really aggressive wet dreams as a kid. Probably one of those times. 

What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

Listen to music! And not just Electric Wizard, or whatever bullshit is the flavor of the week. The more music you listen to, the more you are qualified to talk about it. I’ve had several conversations with music journalists in my life. It pains me when I know more about music than they do. For many of them, that’s how they make a living, and they’re essentially climate controllers for what people think is “cool.” Very dangerous. 

What’s your goal? You thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? 
  • Goal 1: Make music.
  • Goal 2: Work day job to support our music habits. 
  • Goal 3: And that’s it. 

Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?

Probably Bruce Springsteen is my favorite non-Metal artist. Probably my favorite artist of all time, actually. People get weirded out when I say this, but I think Bruce Springsteen and his band are probably the heaviest band ever. I’ve always looked at heaviness as a vibe, not a sound.  It’s cool (I guess?) when a band like SUNN O))) pulverises you with a wall of Emperor Cabs when you see them live and gives you a “Heavy” show. But isn’t that sort of easy to do, when you think about it? All you need is a bunch of Emperors, right? Listen to Bruce Springsteen “Nebraska.” Creating heaviness like he did on that record is difficult. He recorded that in a house, with a four track and an acoustic guitar, and it’s the heaviest record ever! 

Much thanks to Eddie for his time. Be sure to pick up Something is Waiting’s new album. You can also see them live if you’re in Chicago in August (Aug 12 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/ Mouth of the Architect)!

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