by Josh Medsker
Gatherer is a loud-as-hell, furiously intense post-hardcore
band from North Jersey (mostly). I got to chat with them
via email. Drummer Adam served as the mouthpiece. Ignore
at your peril, because Gatherer slays, folks.
Adam Cichocki - Drums
Christian Berrigan - Vocals
Matt Popowski - Bass
Gianmarco Guerra - Guitar
Austin Lipinski - Guitar
Q: Where are you guys from, in NJ? Bayonne, right?
ADAM: Yes, three of us are! Austin, Christian and I are
all born and raised in Bayonne.
GG (Gianmarco) is from Cliffside Park and Matt is from Old
Bridge but they both practically live up at our studio in
Q: Is there a good music scene in Jersey? I just
moved here from Queens about a year ago.
ADAM: Honestly it’s not as big as it used to be, but
it feels like more of a community than it ever has before.
I feel that the majority of people who book shows now don’t
try to separate bands dependent on genre anymore, which
really helps the music scene flourish. Instead of playing
with bands that all sound similar, you get to hear bands
that you might not be prone to listening which is really
Q: What is the significance of the name Gatherer?
ADAM: To be completely honest, we were discussing band names
through iMessage group text and our singer Christian wrote
something that his phone autocorrected to “gatherer”,
and I saw it. For some reason it just clicked in our heads
and we decided to roll with it. No specific or deep meaning
behind it, it just kind of works for us.
Q: When did you start Gatherer? What was your inspiration
for starting a band?
ADAM: We started Gatherer in August of 2012, mainly since
our friend Austin (our guitarist) was going to the Navy
and just wanted to play in a band and play some shows for
a little while before he left. But he ended up not going
away, which caused us to start taking things more seriously
and devoting more of our time and effort into the band.
Q: You have been classified as "post-hardcore"...
is that something you stuck on yourself, or did someone
else label you that?
ADAM: We try to stay away from genre labeling as much as
we can because honestly it’s impossible to pin point
the exact genres of some bands without going into a huge
lengthy discussion haha. But people tend to call us a post-hardcore
band so we kind of just follow suit.
Q: What would you never do, as a band?
ADAM: Swim with sharks.
Q: What is your songwriting process like? Do you
all pitch in ideas, or do you each have your set roles?
ADAM: We all sit down in my studio and collectively bounce
ideas off of each other. If we all dig something and it
sticks, we begin to structure a song around it. All of our
attention spans are very short so we write very short songs
for the most part and spend the rest of our time eating
a lot of food.
Q: I can’t imagine what it’s like out
there for a new, young band… how has the download
revolution changed how you put your music out there? Has
it helped you? Or hurt you?
ADAM: Honestly, you just have to go where music industry
takes you. Since downloading music became a big thing, bands
rarely see money for their songs being moved around digitally
and it's just become something you have to expect and understand.
It helps with exposure so we just let people have our music
for free and if they want to donate a couple of bucks for
our record, we appreciate it greatly (and it does surprisingly
Q: Of all the pieces you have done, which are you
most proud of, and why?
ADAM: We’re all extremely proud of our upcoming full
length. It’s been a lengthy writing and recording
process, but all the hard work is paying off big time. We
feel it represents where we are as musicians and as people
Q: What are you reading right now?
AUSTIN: Besides these interview questions, “The Stranger”
by Albert Camus
ADAM: Besides these interview questions, “Zen And
The Art Of Mixing” by Mixerman
What music is currently dominating your listening device
ADAM: Title Fight, Gates, My Iron Heart, Chief Keef, Pianos
Become The Teeth.
Q: Who is the most important artist out there that
no one has heard of?
ADAM: All the amazing bands that work their asses off and
don’t get the recognition they deserve. And all our
close friends who play in bands such as Arrows In Her, Gates
Q: If you could be another artist besides yourself,
who would you be and why?
ADAM: As Cities Burn because they’re absolutely incredible.
Q: Which is more important, to understand, or to
ADAM: To understand.
Q: What project are you currently working on?
ADAM: Our full length 10 song LP due out in the spring.
I (Adam) recorded it and it is being mixed by Mike Watts
at Vudu Studios and mastered by Steven Haigler at Vudu Studios.
Q: Karl Marx or Groucho Marx?(Or Richard Marx?)
ADAM: Marky Mark.
Q: What was the VERY first project you worked on?
ADAM: Matt and I were in Goodnight Bravado, Bear was in
Misspent Youth, and GG was in Number 23.
Q: What is your favorite lunch?
ADAM: Pulled Pork sandwiches from Bayonne BBQ.
Q: If you had to describe your work using only one
noun, one verb and one adjective what would they be?
ADAM: Heavy, Hitting, Tunes
Q: If you could get one tattoo that would only last
for 24 hours what would be? Where? Why?
ADAM: Each letter of Drake’s name on our foreheads.
Q: Do you have a favorite place or environment in
which to work?
ADAM: Any place with Persian rugs and dim lighting.
Q: What’s your most challenging long term
ADAM: Money, to be honest, Haha!
Q: Who is the person or people that were pivotal in
you arriving where you are at today?
ADAM: Mike Watt.
Q: If a genie could grant you three wishes, what
would they be?
ADAM: A Tour Bus, Money, and an Arizona Iced Tea endorsement.
Q: Tell me about your greatest show... what was
the vibe and what made it memorable?
ADAM: We played Maxwell's in Hoboken recently and it was
just amazing. The crowd response was awesome, we had a lot
of friends and new faces come out to see us. There was some
crowd surfing and pile-ons happening, and toward the end
of the last song, Christian just left the microphone in
the crowd because everyone was ravaging it to sing along
Haha! Overall it was just a great night. The worst show…
the previous time we played Maxwell's actually haha. Between
band members being late, me having a sprained wrist as a
drummer and almost everyone's strings breaking, it was a
disaster. But hopefully we made up for it.
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