XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
(GG) Thanks for having me. Our latest single, a re-imagining of 90’s anthem “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette, just dropped on 2/8 on all streaming platforms. We are also on the Madness and Mayhem Tout with Mushroomhead, Hellzapoppin and Ventana from 2/15 thru 3/17.
XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?
(GG) This current iteration of Worldwide Panic has been together since 2016, I joined in 2017, and our lead guitarist, George Patmas, joined in 2018.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
(GG)I started getting into music as a teenager, in the heyday of the nü-metal movement. I had a few friends that played guitar and I thought it was the coolest thing so I dropped hints to my parents that I wanted one. So on my 15th birthday, I was gifted with a blue Squier Strat guitar, which I still have.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
(GG). I mean, we dont really have any of the 80s/90s debauchery filled stories, but we like to goof around and have fun. Like for example, every day of the last tour was Tommy from Flaw’s birthday and the guys from Smile Empty Soul and us would embarrass him on stage every night, with a cake and everything. It was hilarious.
XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
(GG) My family are supportive. My sister, Maria has been my biggest fan since I was in my first band. Lane and George’s folks support them doing this thing. I think the main concerns they would all have would just be that this business is risky and they just want to see us thriving and happy.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
(GG) The entire set is a slapper. There’s moments in each song that get the crowd moving. Shrapnel has a great heavy groove to it. “You Oughta Know” is a classic sing along. “F-You Anyway” is a straight ahead pissed metal tune. “Party” has that SICK ending breakdown. We also have a song we wrote with Tommy Gibbons from Flaw called “Never Go Back” that is becoming a favorite.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
(GG) Early on, I really dug guitarists who were also the lead vocalist or one of the main vocalists. Dexter Holland. Waybe Static. Chino Moreno. Daron Malakian. James Hetfield. Kurt Cobain and even singer songwriters like Dallas Green and Chris Carraba. I’m not really much of a lead player, but holding it down on a solid rhythm while handling lead vocals is a skill of it’s own
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
(GG) Oh man, that’s a good one. Honestly, I would have a Family Values style lineup, but make it a festival with ALL the heavy hitters on it. Korn, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Slipknot, Manson, Etc and have us and some newer groups in the game like Sumo Cyco, Cane Hill, Dangerkids, Gemini Syndrome, etc, I’d also have Poppy on the lineup too because she’s Poppy. …oh and bring back LIFER.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
(GG) Having people across the US and the world tell us they can’t wait to see us play their town again, or beg us to go to their country and play. Also, having web-zines in Europe and Canada run press articles on us.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
(GG) I did work in the health insurance industry prior to touring, and I have worked in different industries before. So that’s tough to say. Maybe I would have just gone to law school and gotten into the family business.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
(GG)Right now, I’m using a Line 6 POD HD300 processor that runs straight into the front of house. It’s a great pedal that’s got tons of customizable features. Purists will scoff at it, but I don’t care. We are in van so I had to condense and have a fly rig. Plus it beats lugging around 200 lbs worth of amp haha. As for guitars, I have an LTD HB 300 baritone guitar with EMG pickups that I have had since 2004. I am also using a Schecter Hellraiser 7 string guitar. I use Dunlop picks, Monster Cables, Ernie Ball strings and Killer Q guitar straps.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
(GG) It is a very competitive one, but there is still some semblance of community. You just gotta go in and be humble and work hard and don’t act like your above anything or owed anything.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
(GG) I am a wealth of useless info. I earned the nickname “Wikipedia” on our last tour. I would be great at bar trivia.
XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
(gg) Heavy rock and roll with metal and industrial elements. Crushing riffs and sharp hooks.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
(GG) Check us out on tour with Mushroomhead, Hellzapoppin and Ventana from 2/15 to 3/17. Follow us on our social media accounts.
Instagram and Twitter: @worldwide_panic
Check out our videos on YouTube!
We are NOTHING without you. We love you and we CANNOT WAIT to see you all!!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with XS Rock!
(GG) The pleasure was all mine!