Hope to keep going in a dark world
Image Credit: The GFM Band
Anyone who’s heard much metalcore will know its practitioners tend to be hairy blokes purveying a wall of noise, and a vocalist who can growl like an enraged bear.
GFM, otherwise known as Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, do the wall of noise and growling but it comes from three young ladies from Jacksonville, Florida.
xRhythms’ contributor Shez spoke to 20-year-old CJ (vocals, guitar), 19-year-old Maggie (vocals, bass, keys) and GFM’s ferocious drummer Lulu (amazingly, still only 15-years-old), and began by asking about their particular musical approach.
Said Lulu, "We play metalcore music, but since we're all girls we came up with our own genre, called beautycore. A band that's heavy but all women."
We are a positive message band.
Lulu continued, "Our whole thing is we are a positive message band, so our music is going to be positive. We are all Christians so we share our faith from the stage and talk one-on-one on the merch table. We want to be that light in the darkness and encourage anyone of any age, any gender, that there is hope and there is a day to live for, to look towards.
"We want to bring more of a funness back to the metal genre. It's been like everything was taken so seriously. We wear cheerleading outfits on stage."
Said Maggie, "It's a dark world. It's taken a toll on all of us, but because we have God and we have our salvation, we have the hope and the strength to keep going."
If one of us falls, two of us are there to pick the other back up.
"It's super-important that we have each other. We're all constantly in the Word every day. If you're not, that's when you fall, when you're not putting on the full armour of God. It's super-important we all do that so we all have each other. If one of us falls, two of us are there to pick the other back up."
GFM has already released two albums, 2015’s ‘Death Of Giants’ and 2016’s ‘Identity Crisis’, and recently an EP taking Halloween as its theme, ‘Oh, The Horror’. The songs 'Give Me A Sign' and 'Can You Promise Me That This Will Never End' has been featured on the xRhythms playlist.
Explained Maggie, "It's important, the way we write our music, we don't just write about the good stuff. We write about the bad stuff as well so people know our life's not perfect but we're still going, even though we've had these issues, and here's why: it's because we believe in Jesus Christ and he gives us hope every day."