Interview: Andy Gorel
The connection Twitter provides for individuals of common interests to connect, is the way 3EB Fan, Andy Gorel became this weeks Expert for Fan Friday.
Thank You Andy for being a part of Third Eye Blind and living the 3EBLifestyle. - Editor's Note
Andrew Bleakley: Do you recall the very first 3eb song you have ever heard? If so what song was it? How did It make you feel?
Andy Gorel: They say you don’t actually record any memories before you’re 2-3 years old so this is a tough one for me, but I think the first one I remember was Deep Inside Of You, probably right after Blue came out. It definitely made me feel like everything was alright. Everything was alright since I was a toddler, but I definitely have warm memories of hearing that song as a toddler.
AB: Is there one particular 3eb concert that stands out to you from all the others? Why?
Andy Gorel: Honestly, just every time they play Wounded is an out-of-body experience for me, but if I had to pick I’d probably say Summer Gods this year. Self-titled is my least favorite of their five albums (still a fantastic CD), but it was such a great show. They sounded so tight, and hearing Wounded, Shipboard Cook + all the deep cuts from s/t like Burning Man, Thanks A Lot, London, Good For You, and Narcolepsy was just awesome. I think they should always play a 20 song setlist, they’ve got the catalogue for it.
Honorable mention to the Electric Factory in 2011 when they played Faster, Blinded, Crystal Baller, Dao of St. Paul and Water Landing which are some of my favorites.
AB:. How far have you traveled to see the boys perform?
Andy Gorel: I’m fortunate to live in a populated area on the east coast so never more than two hours. Plus traveling for shows can be hard when there are so many great artists, both new and old coming through each night!
AB: How many performances have you seen or watched approx?
Andy Gorel: Only 7 actually, beginning in 2010. My parents had been to many more without me from 1997 to 2010. I have been going to shows since I was 4, but I think before age 12 I was more interested in playing Runescape than going to shows. HA. Plus when I was about 10-11 is when I really started to take a heavier interest in the band.
AB: If you got offered to perform with band what part would you want to play?
Andy Gorel: This is so hard. Brad’s drum parts are so fun and interesting to play, but also I’m definitely a frontman at heart. You can’t replace Stephan’s voice though, so I’ll stick with drums.
AB: What is your favorite album? Why?
Andy Gorel: Out of the Vein. I think it’s the greatest album of all time, only rivaled by Incubus’ 2011 full-length If Not Now, When. Everything about it. The soundscapes are strictly rock instruments, (except a littlebit of keys on Can’t Get Away and Self-Righteous), yet the soundscapes are so lush. It possesses so many different kinds of energies, the lyrics are incredible, and every song is so different. The songs about Charlize are such a unique perspective to hear songs written from – particularly Can’t Get Away and Forget Myself. You don’t hear rock bands playing songs about a breakup with a celebrity often, and definitely not as elegantly as Stephan has a way of wording things.
Plus thematically a lot of it deals with Los Angeles which is a city I love, and I’ve grown up listening to this album. I’ve been hearing the songs since I was a first grader to now, being a junior in college, and they mean just as much to me now as they ever have. There aren’t many constants in life, but Out of the Vein has always been one for me. It’s also been cool to interpret the lyrics differently as I’ve grown up.
Ursa Major is a close second for me, I’d also put it in my top five albums ever. I can say many of the same things about Ursa that I did about ootv.
AB: What kind of merchandise do you wish they would sell that they don’t ?
Andy Gorel: I don’t really buy merch anymore. I bought a 3eb shirt in 2011 and I wear it like 4 days a week haha. I’d really like to see them get creative with lyrics from their songs and make some shirts, or hoodies, or anything really. They’ve got so many iconic one-liners. I’m also a fan of a band-branded backpack, but I’d only want it if it’s actually gonna hold up for years and not just be a novelty.
I really also wanna see an Ursa Major and/or Out of the Vein shirt design brought back. I would totally buy both of those.
AB: Have you had a major point in your life that 3eb has helped you through it and how?
Andy Gorel: They’ve been with me my whole life so there are so many times, good and bad that Third Eye Blind has enhanced tremendously. As far as helping me through, last summer my ears started ringing from going to too many shows without earplugs – PSA BUY EARPLUGS – so I kind of took it hard for a while, and got really down on myself. I listened to 3eb avidly throughout those few months and it definitely made me happier. Since then I’ve learned to deal with the ringing and that I can still have the career in music that I want to, and have adjusted much better to it. I’m fortunate to still be young and not have endured a lot of hard times yet, but I’m so thankful for music every day and know when things do get tough I’ll always have it to turn to.