GFM (GOLD FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH), a trio of teenage sisters who have already mastered the art of balancing a Paramore style of melodicism with a Slipknot-like ferocity, have debuted a new video for the single “Taking Over.” ……Check out the video below…
Let get to know the girls a little more and see what is new and how they are doing…
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
We are GFM. That stands for Gold Frankincense & Myrrh. We are a beautycore band made up of three sisters. We’ve grown up playing music together, and we started touring in 2017.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
When we were 5, our parents said we had to take piano lessons, but if we hated it, we could quit after 2 years. CJ ended up wanting to play the guitar more than piano, Maggie stuck with piano, and LuLu didn’t even start with piano because she wanted to play drums. When Maggie turned 8, she started playing the bass as well. We were introduced to Welcome to Rockville in 2014 by The Music Experience, and seeing those performances helped us see where we wanted to take GFM.
Seeing fans night after night and the traveling we get to do keep us going. We get to travel with most of our family, so we don’t really get homesick. We love being on the road, and it’s always sad when a tour ends.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
We actually just released a new song called “Taking Over!” We worked on this song with Joey Sturgis, Billy Decker, Eric Varnell, and Jamie Burns. It’s definitely one of the heaviest songs we’ve released, but it’s so much fun.
Alternative Press premiered the music video, and you can still read our feature on their website. The video was produced by Dale “Reel Rage” Restighini, and it really brings the song to life!
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
We’d all still be doing school haha. Right now, we’re all doing online school on top of all of the band work.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
A reaction group we know asked each of us what our wrestler theme song would be if we were professional wrestlers, so that was pretty funny.
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
It’s honestly 2593, and if anybody reading this doubts us, they should go listen to it 😉
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
Honestly, our new single is probably the best song we’ve released. We work hard to make sure every new song or project we release was better than the last one. The project that “Taking Over” is tied to is better than anything we’ve done so far.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
Oh, for sure. There is always room for improvement, no matter how good you are. Practicing for a longer amount of time or on songs/genres that are out of your comfort zone broaden your range, and in turn reflect how you play on stage. Have you ever seen a metal musician play from a jazz background? Mind blowing.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
We’re pretty open with our fans about the stuff that we do. Obviously, there are some areas of our lives that are for our family only, but other than that, we are open with our fans.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
We’d be the brightest pink you could find.
Who are you inspired by?
We try to be inspired by everybody. We take little bits and pieces from all musical performers whether it’s from their singing, their music overall, or their stage performance. We all work hard to inspire each other every day too, and that helps keep us close as sisters.
What’s an average day like for you?
We do school and band work most days when we’re not touring. Because of the quarantine, we’ve been going on a lot of walks/runs, so we can be ready to tour again once we’re allowed to. On the weekends, we like to play video games, read, go swimming, and watch movies/anime.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
We run all of our social media pages. We make sure we carve out time each day to answer as many people as we can. We have a patreon that we host exclusive livestreams in, and we are doing a livestream tour in quarantine right now.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
In the beginning, there was a little bit, but once we started playing, it went away immediately. We’ve never had much of an issue when it comes to performing together. We are always stronger together.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
It’s so hard to answer that question because each venue has something special. The best concerts are the ones where the fans are so into the music, even if they’ve never heard of you before.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Stay true to yourself. Play the music you want to and choose the style you want. It takes a lot of hard work and determination, and sometimes you are just so tired that you don’t want to do anything. Those are the moments when you choose to keep pounding away anyway. It’s totally worth it.
GFM’s first album, Identity Crisis, was released in 2016, followed by Oh, The Horror! in April 2019. After touring the US multiple times, the group headed overseas to Germany in 2018, where their energetic performances established GFM as a festival favorite. A new EP is scheduled for release this spring.
CJ Sanders English – Guitar, Vocals
Magdalene “Maggie” Rose English – Bass, Vocals
Evie “LuLu” Louise English – Drums, Background Vocals