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Conversations with GOWNS

Today we’d like to introduce you to GOWNS.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
GOWNS is a hard-driving anthemic rock band based out of Minneapolis. They met on Craigslist and the rest is history. Their music toes the line between pop hits and rock band riffs, and prioritizes audience connection. GOWNS’ debut album “Revelations” was heavily influenced by the happenings in 2020 Minneapolis and our collective experiences therein.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
GOWNS has gone through several member changes over the years. Finding a sweet spot with member turnover can be a difficult hurdle to jump over, but we feel we’ve achieved the goal. Finding one sound from five members’ inspirations can also be a challenge, but we’ve found it helpful in honing in our sound.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Whenever people talk about GOWNS, our live show is often brought up. We put on an energetic and unique performance any chance we get. John is from West Virginia, Zach and Andrew are from North Dakota, and we’ve found that having transplants gives us a unique perspective as a group.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
It’s always surprising to see what everyone can bring to the table while collaborating and writing together. Letting go of ideas and separating personal ideas with band ideas to make sure everyone has a voice has an important role in how we operate and gives us an interesting workflow. We’re a band full of songwriters so the final products are truly collective.

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