What are your names?
Amanda Gabel, Vince Gudino, Daniele Boneddu, Dan Schiz and Nick Sword
What is the band’s name?
Our name is We’re No Gentlemen
How did you come up with the band’s name?
Vince was playing a show with his brand-new band, they needed to come up with a band name quickly. He looked to his friends and said, “well we’re all no gentlemen” and they all laughed and it just stuck. It’s a very fitting name for us.
What is your genre of music?
We consider ourselves to be an alternative rock band, however, we try to avoid putting ourselves in a box by choosing just one genre. We’re not afraid to try new things and push boundaries. For example our new single “Heartbeat” mixes in electronic and EDM elements; we want to continue trying new things.
Give us a little bio about you.
We’re No Gentlemen is an alternative rock band based out of Long Beach, California. The band was founded by drummer Vince Gudino, who wanted to create a high energy rock act with female-fronted flare. That vision was realized when front-woman Amanda Gabel joined the group and shared Vince’s dedication towards assembling a successful and talented line up. The puzzle was completed with the addition of bassist Daniele Boneddu and guitarists Dan Schiz and Nick Sword. With the lineup solidified, We’re No Gentlemen aggressively hit LA’s live music scene and quickly gained traction. The release of the music video for “Mirror, Mirror” and the self-titled debut EP brought the band fans from all over the world and accolades from the LA music scene’s seasoned professionals. One thing that has impressed music lovers is We’re No Gentlemen’s genuine love for performing and having fun on stage. In 2017 a childhood dream came true for the band when they played Warped Tour, Las Vegas. We’re No Gentlemen has mesmerized audiences at famed venues such as The Viper Room, had a residency at The Whisky A Go-Go, and opened up for acts such as “Dead Girls Academy” & “September Mourning.”
What made you go in to music?
With the exception of Vince, we’re all from very different walks of life. Daniele is from Italy, Nick is from Michigan, Dan is from the East Coast and Amanda is from Washington State. What we all have in common is we moved to LA for music. It’s all of our passion, so we had to follow our dream.
Are you a signed?
Currently we’re doing everything independently.
You released your new single ‘Heartbeat’, tell us more about the single.
Our single “Heartbeat” was released 4/26 and will be on our upcoming E.P: Heartbeat/Heartbreak that will be out this summer!
What is the meaning behind the single?
The lyrics came easily and this was the first song written off our upcoming E.P. I was tired of seeing my friends and even my past self in toxic relationships. When we love someone, sometimes we’re blind to mistreatment. Even with family we are often trapped in the mindset that they HAVE to love you and be in your life just because they’re blood related. If a relationship is toxic it doesn’t matter the history. Heartbeat is about going from the mindset that you cannot live without a person to building the courage to stand up and move on.
Describe the track in two words.
Hard-hitting & Experimental
What was the writing process like?
The Daniel(e)’s as we like to call them co-wrote and recorded a demo of the music for Heartbeat which was sent to the band. Amanda then wrote the lyrics and we jammed the song a lot at practice until it came together and everyone added their two cents.
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was amazing. Our producer is very inspiring to work with in the studio. He gives his input, he’s very encouraging and shares our vision.
Who did you work with on the single?
We recorded the entire E.P with Dan Parker from Valor Studios in Phoenix, Arizona.
Will we see a video for the your new single?
We’re planning to make a music video for Heartbeat, it’s all of our favourite song so far.
You are also set to release your new EP, tell us more about it.
Our upcoming E.P has 4 tracks, we experimented with our sound in many different ways
Describe each track in two words.
Heartbeat- electronic & modern
Cry Wolf- heavy & fast.
Queen of the Misfits- anthem & epic
Who did you work with on the EP?
Our producer Dan Parker
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning?
We’re currently competing in “Wright Records Battle of the Bands.” One of the prizes is a west coast tour. Be on the look out on our social media for updates.
If so where will you be heading?
We will definitely be hitting the West Coast soon!
What else can we expect in 2019?
You can expect a west coast tour, the release of our E.P “Heartbeat/Heartbreak,” and a music video for “Heartbeat.”
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists?
Not currently but be on the lookout, we love creating.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
We would love to collaborate with other artists. Reach out to us on Instagram or email: email@example.com
Do you play any instruments?
Amanda Gabel on vocals. Vince Gudino on drums. Daniele Bonnedu on bass. Dan Schiz and Nick Sword on guitar
Who are your influences?
We have an eclectic taste for music. Our influences range from HIM to Tool. We’re currently jamming a lot of Pvris, Bring me the Horizon and Escape the Fate
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Our inspiration pulls from life experiences. Whenever depression or anxiety sets in that’s when I try and write. I immediately feel better, like a weight is being lifted. It’s like trying to make something beautiful happen negativity.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
We see ourselves making a living off of what we love. Looking forward to meeting and playing music for people all over the world. The skies the limit!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We love to goof around with one another, we enjoy getting together for “bad movie nights.” We watched The Room every night we were recording. We also see shows together often. Vince and Amanda are very into fitness, even though she’s yet to see him in one of her fitness classes.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Growing up, it was super inspiring to see female rock artists like Halestorm. Their song “Rock Show” is about how she feels at home at a rock show and one day that’s going to be her up there performing. I always knew I was going to be a musician, but was teased a lot for being different. Whenever I doubted myself I would listen to that song with a “I’ll show them!” Attitude. I hope our song “Queen of the Misfits” does for others what so many songs have done for me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We would advise them to find a group of like-minded people to start a band with. Your band members truly are your family, so a similar work ethic and vision for the future is super important. Set goals for yourself and make them happen. Know what you want and never settle.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
We consider Los Angeles to be our hometown now. You HAVE to go to the Sunset Strip at some point in your life, especially if you’re a music lover. It’s a blast from the past, I feel like I just stepped back into the 80’s every time I’m there. It has so much history.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first? Johnny’s Saloon
2/ Who do you see first? Our amazing best friends and photographers Matt and Sway
3/What do you eat first? Pizza
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
- Music equipment
2. The bass player
3. To tell our fans we are playing a show
5. Good attitude
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Listen to us on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon music here