Last updated: 10/18/2006
Thomas Giles Rogers, Jr., front man for the revolutionary metalcore outfi t Between The Buried And Me, decided to channel some of his creative energy into another project while preparing to hit the studio with BTBAM. This project is called ‘Giles’, and it is an amalgamation of Tommy’s love for electronic music and desire to do something creatively chaotic like BTBAM but in another musical space. ‘Giles’ can be described as a combination of electroclash and industrial music written with a metal mentality.
Giles “stems from the fun region of my mind”, says Tommy. “Metal is so serious and the music scene in general is very serious, I just wanted to write something that was interesting, yet fun to listen to”, he said. Giles was written in Tommy’s off-time from touring with Between The Buried And Me when he decided it would be cool to create a personal musical statement in a genre miles away from the technical metal and hardcore of BTBAM. “I’ve always been into electronic music. I had been listening to a lot of Fischerspooner, Adult and Nine Inch Nails. After we got home from tour and I had some free time, I decided to try to create my own rendition of the music that I have grown to enjoy and was a departure from what I was used to writing”. Giles wasn’t written with the intention of re-inventing the wheel – more as a musical diversion that happens to incorporate dance beats, art rock and electronica.
The writing process for GILES was a bit different for Tommy than writing Between The Buried And Me songs; it was his first attempt at programming his ideas into a keyboard. The music is meant to put images in the listener’s head, so the music was completed before the lyrics. Tommy said, “Some of the lyrics/music that I put together while writing ‘Giles’ was so strange that I even ended up surprising myself.” Some of the songs, like “Go Centipede”, are a direct result of Tommy’s rather bizarre dreams, documenting them in tripping, industrial dance tracks. Giles is a vivid demonstration of Tommy’s incredible imagination.
Always into electronic music, Tommy’s desire to write his own is coming full circle with Giles. Although there are no signs of a Giles tour on the horizon, rest assured, this is not the last that you will hear of Giles. “’Giles’ has been a nice hobby for me over the last few months and I plan to continue writing electronic songs in my down time from Between The Buried And Me. Giles was basically written for me, to have fun and create something I’ve never created before. It was like an extreme sport in music for me.” Giles was written and produced solely by Thomas Giles Rogers, Jr. and recorded and mixed by Jamie King in Rural Hall, NC, who is also known for his work with Between The Buried And Me.