ABQ Journal – May 29, 2015 – Gordy Quist is a little fried after getting no sleep. That’s because he’s been staying late in the studio producing an album for a friend.
That, and he’s still got dad duties in the morning.
“I don’t feel like I’m quite awake yet,” he says during a recent phone interview. “But I love everything I’m doing and it makes it worth it.”
Quist is one of the founding members of rock outfit The Band of Heathens. Along with Ed Jurdi, Trevor Nealon, Richard Millsap and Scott Davis, Quist has been making music for 10 years.
There have been lineup changes over the years, but the sound remains the same.
The band hasn’t released an album since 2013’s “Sunday Morning Record.” But Quist says there is new music on the way.
“We’ve been working on some songs and there are a few that are being played in the shows right now,” he says. “We’re taking our time with the new record.”
Quist says each member has been balancing a few projects at a time for the past few years. In fact, Quist has been producing for a few artists over the years. He says having another outlet for music helps him learn more about music.
“I think it’s been great to know how both sides of recording works,” he says. “It’s helped me to pull some songs out of myself that I wouldn’t normally do. I remember when I’m producing, I’m trying to push bigger things out of the artists I’m working with. It’s been really helpful to have that knowledge.”
For the last six months, The Band of Heathens has been touring sparingly as it tries to focus on a new record. Quist says there are a few tracks completely done and the band has been road testing them in the shows.
“It’s nice to get the immediate feedback on the new songs,” he says. “It helps us gauge what we’re doing.”