Interview With Gin House

Gin House is Brandon Clark and Paul Lynch. The duo dabbles in both Country and Folk genres while focusing on incredible melodies and harmonies. “Midwestern Mind, Southern Heart” is currently available for free on NoiseTrade and shows you what you’ve been missing on their newest self titled EP which is now on iTunes.

Can you talk a little about the song “Midwestern Mind, Southern Heart?”

Midwestern Mind, Southern Heart, just as it sounds came from two places – my mom and my dad. My mom is from Georgia; my dad is from a small town (village as it’s called) in northern Illinois called “Mt. Morris.” I spent almost every summer, and every Fourth of July in Mt. Morris, as we would visit my grandparents and other family there. I always wanted to capture that feeling I got from being there, rolling down the road out passed the small airport on the outside of town. In 2008, I took a polaroid of that same place, and it served as a visual for me when I was writing it. The heart of the song though, comes from the two forces at work in my head. The way I approach different situations, and how sometimes I see myself saying or deciding something in a way that my dad would, or mom would. I felt like instead of always looking at something one way—I’m coming at something from two different points of view.

Who are some of your musical influences and how do those show up on the newest EP?

While I was writing some of the songs on the EP, I was listening to newer artists like Amos Lee, Ryan Adams, Gregory Alan Isakov, Augustana and others. I was also wearing out Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country,” and “One Too Many Mornings.” I think you can hear glimpses of those artists in the songs, lyrically and musically. We took the songs to Jeremy Griffith in New York, at Singing Serpent Studios, back in March. The connection and the time was right. With little effort, he knew where we were coming from with the songs. He picked up on the essence and feeling, and translated them better than we could on our own. I’m really proud of the record, because the feelings that I felt when I was writing the songs are still there. Sometimes songs morph into completely different versions from the time you write them, to the time you record them. The moments are still there in these five songs.

You [Brandon Clark] being younger, what’s your take on the current status of the music industry?

It’s really easy to get down on the industry these days (or the past few years). I’m constantly reading articles on how gloomy it is, or how bleak it is. Then, I’ll read something that sounds opportunistic. I think that ultimately, it’s just like any other industry that’s struggling right now. You’ve got to put in a lot of work, and you’ve got to innovate. There’s so much opportunity now that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to succeed. You don’t need labels or big distribution. You just need the will to put yourself together and get your music out there. The music industry isn’t dead; it’s just changing and reforming itself.

What plans does Gin House have coming up? Any new music in the works?

Gin House has a lot of plans in the works.. Ideas, and goals and all the stuff. It’s just a matter of executing. I know that we would like to start putting a full-length record together soon. We’re writing a lot lately, and starting to piece that together. We’d love to work with Jeremy Griffith again as well. Shows wise, I’d really like to get out there and play a ton of house shows and listening rooms and really connect with the audience. I feel like we’ve become a little distant as a society in a lot of areas today and I just want to cut out all the crap and get straight down to the heart of why we play music. We love playing music and playing for people.

Tyler Hayes runs the music discovery site NBT.FM