With their beginning firmly and proudly rooted in the middle of America, Indianapolis natives Gwen Stacy began practicing together in the winter of 2004. "Growing up in Indiana was awesome," exclaims bassist and founding member Brent Schindler alongside drummer TJ Sego. "We all grew up in surrounding areas of Indianapolis and moved closer to one another when things started to pick up with the band." Since those early days Gwen Stacy has maintained a diligent work ethic rivaling older, more experienced bands and have toured America on multiple occasions sharing the stage with today's favorites such as The Devil Wears Prada, MyChildren MyBride, and metal sensation The Human Abstract among others. "I would say the best part about the tours that we've done is that we've gotten to travel and play with bands that are, above all else, our friends," Schindler states from the studio.
On the band's full-length Ferret debut, The Life I Know, Gwen Stacy convened with Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, The Bled, From Autumn to Ashes), and well-known producer Brian Mcternan to record in the fall of 2007. "I think the biggest thing I'll take away from this recording experience is the fact that an outside opinion is not always a bad one," laughs the band's bassist. "I think the songs are better because of it. Paul and Brian are definitely trying to bring out the best in us." "I have learned that we really work best creatively as a unit rather than individually," states the band's drummer. On The Life I Know, Gwen Stacy come out and immediately destroy the listener's expectations. Vocalist Cole Wallace's delivery hearkens back to a time when the message and the need to be understood were an essential part of hardcore. "A lot of our lyrics are about faith, how we struggle through life, and other things people can relate to," admits Wallace. "The newer stuff is more mature than our earlier material," continues guitarist Patrick Meadows. "We've all grown stronger at what we do."
After touring relentlessly on The Life I Know, and changing their line-up a bit, Gwen Stacy hit the studio again, and released A Dialogue through Solid State Records in October of 2009.
In 2010, Gwen Stacy announced that they were parting ways:
After six years, nineteen countries, countless US tours, two albums, and an EP, Gwen Stacy has decided call it quits. We feel like now is the best time to end the band and pursue other options and directions in life. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the bands career over the years. There are too many people to thank everyone individually, but we would like to send a special thanks to past members TJ Sego, Cole Wallace, Bobby Oakley, Josh Rickard, Mike Bryant, and Chris Suter, our manager Mark LaFay, Carl Severson and everyone else at what was Ferret Music, Once Nothing, Life In Your Way, Poison The Well, Haste The Day, Vanna, and every other band that we’ve been able to share the road with. Thank you as well to anyone who came out to a show, bought a shirt or cd, sang along, let us crash on their floor, or was just supportive in any way.
Thanks again for everything…
Brent, Geoff, Patrick, Matt, and Brett
Listen To Gwen Stacy Here
|...I Believe In Humility||2005||Independent|
|The Life I Know||2008||Ferret Music|
|A Dialogue||2009||Solid State Records|