The Stranger reviews Gems “Tall Mountain” record release show

Trent Moorman of Seattle’s arts and entertainment magazine The Stranger was kind enough to give Gems a very favorable review of our Tall Mountain record release show!  Mr. Moorman writes,

“The two drummers, Adrian Van Batenburg and Jacob Evans (the Bearded Wonder) aren’t just playing together, they’re meshing well played, well thought out, and well executed schemes.”


“[Daniel Rapport and Gary Palmer] dial up delayed frigidity, and lagoons of low end. All live, all ice.”

read the whole review here:

Gems “Tall Mountain” record release show this friday April 19th!!!





W/ Vox Mod and Gold Wolf Galaxy

$8 21+ Doors at 9pm.

Gems on the radio this weekend

Gems will be all the way live on the radio this weekend, talking, playing some vinyl cuts from their new record Tall Mountain, and rocking some of our friends music as well. Firstly today Saturday, April 13th on the UW’s Rainy Dawg Radio starting at 5pm pacific time. You can listen in here:
Gems will also be on Hollow Earth radio Sunday, April 14th from 4-6pm pacific time with Levi Fuller. Gems will be doing a full interview, playing songs from Tall Mountain and doing some guest DJing. Listen in here:

Gems new music video “Koi” feat. okanomode dir. by Blake Whitaker

Here’s our brand spanking new video for Tall Mountain track “Koi” featuring Seattle singer okanomode. The video was directed by friend of the band and super talented artist Blake Whitaker. Share far and wide!!!

Gems new music video! “Tall Mountain” dir. Ryan Wylie

We are proud to present our first official music video directed by Ryan Wylie for the title track from our new record “Tall Mountain.” Please enjoy, share, and spread the word of thee Gems far and wide to friends and family!
p.s. you may have also noticed we have a “store” tab on the website now…you can buy Gems T-Shirts here as well as pre-order vinyl and CD copies of “Tall Mountain.” All through the safe and secure connections of PayPal!

Gems on Sonarchy Radio

If you’re not a fan of Sonarchy Radio yet, you should be. Every Sunday night at midnight you can tune in to 90.3 KEXP to hear live-in-studio performances from the Northwest’s finest envelope pushing musicians. Gems is proud to be joining the Sonarchy legacy — tune in this Sunday, March 17 to hear us do a full hour long set!

It’s Almost Here!

Shows up and coming!

First off Gems would like to offically announce the date and location of our Seattle record release show for “Tall Mountain” as APRIL 19TH AT THE SUNSET TAVERN in Ballard.  Also on the bill with us will be Vox Mod and Gold Wolf Galaxy…more info soon!  Our album’s release date on itunes, Amazon, and local record shops is April 2nd.

We’re playing this Friday March 8th at The Rendezvous with our good friends Horace Pickett and The Torn ACLs.  9pm

Also we will be holding a “Tall Mountain” listening party on March 22nd At the Vermillion Art Gallery and Wine Bar on capitol hill.  It’ll be a chance for our fans, friends, and supporters to get a sneak peak listen to the new record a couple weeks before it is officially released as well as hang with the band.

Finally we have a show booked in Tacoma for our Gems “Tall Mountain” Tacoma Record Release on April 6th (Friday) with our good friends from tac-town I Like Science.  Week of Wonders is also on the bill.  9:30pm

Thats it for now…detailed information on any of our upcoming shows can be found on the SHOWS section of our website.


legendary electronic musician Harald Grosskopf talks Gems!

I was lucky enough to be exposed to German electronic musician Harald Grosskopf’s 1980 record “Synthesist” several years ago…a work far ahead of it’s time and filled with some  of the most amazing, magical music!  I later discovered his other work with AshRa and Klaus Schulze and was simply blown away at the scope of his talents.  Harald truely is a hero of mine.   I looked at what Harald was doing back then and saw a connection between his art and what Gems is trying to do today…a searching and discovery of tone and mood through the organic use of electronic and non-electronic instruments.  To our band he is our kindred spirit in art!  Over the course of the past year or two I’ve been able to communicate with Harald via the internet and email and have sent him Gems music all along with the way…including our new record “Tall Mountain.”  The band is greatly honored one: that Harald even took the time to listen to our music and two: that he was kind enough to give us his personal feedback and expertise along the way…here’s what he had to say after listening to the rough mixes of “Tall Mountian”


….It was Daniel Rapport, who passed my album SYNTHESIST, rereleased in 2010 on vinyl by RVNG Int. label New York, originally published in 1980, to his uncle Barry Grosskopf, who wanted to find out weather we are family related. We somehow are and since then Barry is my new american brother in name, mind and soul.

About one and a half year ago, Daniel kindly asked me to listen to the first album of his band GEMS. He sent me the tunes via modern internet connections and wanted to hear what I thought and feel about it. I listened to it carefully and immediately discovered their talents, to write and record music in a very unique style. Courageous in general times of retro mania. 
Now their new record is out. I was surprised by a big mature step in expression, emotion and recording quality. This music is opening the mind for a look into future. My best wishes to its success… 

Germany, February 2013
Harald Grosskopf   

Happy New Year

We have successfully completed our kickstarter campaign, thanks to everyone who donated!  If you didn’t yet hear about it, it was for our newest record entitled “Tall Mountain” which we completed recording in late summer of 2012.  It’s filled with completely original material and features two of our very favorite Seattle-based vocalists: Lotte Kestner and okanomode.  It’s going to be released on our friends record label: Don’t Be A Lout Music on April 3rd of this year.  We’ll be doing CDs and vinyl copies of the record.  More info to come soon about pre-ordering!

We’ll be playing in a little over a week from the time of this post at the Barboza in Capitol Hill, just under Neumos, as part of the Don’t Be A Lout Music artists showcase.  It’s our first show of 2013 and our first officially associated with Don’t Be A Lout so we’re very excited about that!  You can find out more info about that here:

We also recently completed a recording session at Jack Straw studios with engineer Doug Haire for the KEXP program Sonarchy, which features bands playing live in-studio performances.  It should be airing in the next couple of months.  We think it turned out really great and are excited for our KEXP-listening fans and friends to hear it!  We did a bunch of songs rom our new record.  More info to come on that as it is available.

So, 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year for us…as well as a busy one!  We hope to be sharing more music, concerts, and videos in the new year!