Three months after the release of their critically acclaimed eponymous EP, GONE IS GONE have announced a January 6th 2017 release for their full-length debut, ECHOLOCATION (Black Dune Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia). The quartet, which features vocalist/bassist Troy Sanders, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, drummer Tony Hajjar and multi-instrumentalist/composer Mike Zarin, are giving fans a sneak preview of the album with today’s release of first single/lyric video Sentient.
Recorded at Sencit Studios in Los Angeles (with additional tracking at Casa De Leones Studios), ECHOLOCATION was produced by the band and mixed by Ken Andrews (Beck, A Perfect Circle) and follows the 8-song Gone Is Gone release, which drew coverage from a plethora of media outlets, including Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, Billboard, NME, Stereogum and Rolling Stone, who praised the record for “transcending with herculean heaviness.” Asked about the evolution from the EP to ECHOLOCATION, Mike Zarin says, “We were able to expand on ideas that were explored early on and really build on them. By the time we got to working on the album, everything had clicked and we knew ‘this is what this is going to be.’ And that made a huge difference."
GONE IS GONE was formed by Zarin and At The Drive-In’s Hajjar, who previously collaborated on various film trailer projects for Sencit, Zarin’s music production, licensing and supervision company.
Together they’ve put together a wildly diverse sound production resume that includes trailers for the internet-breaking television series Stranger Things, Christopher Nolan’s 2010 sci-fi thriller Inception, multi-Emmy winning television series Game of Thrones and the Marvel Comics blockbuster film, X-Men Apocalypse, to name but a few. They brought in Troy Van Leeuwen, known for his work with Queens of the Stone Age, Failure, A Perfect Circle, Eagles of Death Metal and Sweethead, who in turn, brought in Troy Sanders from multi-Grammy nominees Mastodon.
In an interview with Billboard, Sanders, who came up with the name Gone Is Gone, remembered “getting the call.”
“I was standing in line at the DMV in Atlanta and my phone rings, and it’s one of my musical heroes, Troy Van Leeuwen. That was a phone call that just threw a giant rainbow into the miserable DMV environment where I was standing. It was almost like the stars aligned to make this band happen.” And while each of the four members has a high-profile “day job,” Hajjar says there was never concern about how it would work. “We never really worried about schedules or logistics – it was more important to have the vision realized. It’s mind-blowing how awesome and easy it is to work with these dudes. It’s a true four-person collaboration.”