Interview/Review: Gasoline Invertebrate - Damage over time (The Gothsicles side project)

Almost none of us are strangers to the weird and wonderful musical stylings of Brian Graupner from The Gothsicles. The first and 'last' band to play Resistanz. After Brian's incredible performance during 'Karkasaurus invites' we are even more desperate for the Resistanz reunion to happen.

He has said that Gasoline Invertebrate is the 'other side of the coin' of EBM and this being the third release under that name, I dare say he has made this dark side of the coin just as polished and worthy.


Q. Now that you’re making the darker side of EBM, who are your inspirations and dare I say, industrial heroes as I can detect a God Module familiarity no doubt?

A. You’re totally on the mark with God Module. I mean, who doesn’t love God Module? In addition to some blisteringly hot tracks, Jasyn and Andrew have always been incredibly supportive of my whole thing, plus Andrew also boasts an impressive collection of Aquaman figures.

Influences on this album range from a lot of goofball eurohouse like Scooter, E-Type and Space Master to some bonkers circuit-bent noise stuff.

Seeing Suicide Commando at Dark Area Festival in Kassel, Germany in 2001 melted my brain.

Q. You crowd funded this album in a very short time is that right? Is a more aggrotech approach something fans of yours have been asking for or was Gasoline Invertebrate an impulsive decision which people decided they loved instantly?

A. This was the fifth Kickstarter in a row I’ve had get funded in under three hours and beams of pure gratitude are shooting out of my eyes like some sort of Thanksgiving Cyclops.

Absolutely no one was asking me to put down the Nintendo and suddenly start sounding like Sleetgrout did a step aerobics mixtape from the 90s, but the reception in the last few days has been astounding.

Q. Which two tracks are you most proud of and can you tell us the meaning and thought process behind them?

A. “Headschatten” comes the closest to the original mission statement of bridging eurohouse, aggrotech (or whatever) and noise, so I’ll put that at number one.

Maybe “Boston” for number two. That track was developed iteratively at my friend (and live performance partner) Deftly’s house for these open mic-ish “noise salons” he hosts (or used to before coronavirus). The track was originally named after his street address, but I figured I should shorten that to just “Boston” prior to its official release.

Check the music video for “Boston” on YouTube!


During ‘Karkasaurus invites’ you and Leighton hinted there was going to be a killer reunion song during The Gothsicles set, will that song change slightly for 2021 now and will we be treated to any Gasoline Invertebrate live in future?

A. Duuuuude, I went into overdrive at the beginning of the 2020 getting new, exclusive festival songs ready for all these big gigs we got and then they all got cancelled. So yeah, there’s definitely a new Resistanz track done and specific lengths of time are lyrically referenced therein, but I think it will be funnier if I leave it as is with all the old math.

Would loooove to do more Gasoline live! Working on the streaming show for Gas and making it a whole different thing from The Gothsicles.