From Ramonda Hammer to Gasper: Exploring New Sounds with Andy Hengl and Justin Geter Thoughts+Photos: Gasper at a House Party 10/13/23
LOS ANGELES, CA- In the dynamic and ever-evolving world of music, it’s not uncommon for artists to take detours from their established paths, exploring fresh sounds and styles that resonate with their creative spirits. Recently, I had the privilege of witnessing one such musical journey when Andy Hengl and Justin Geter, the talented bassist and guitarist respectively of Ramonda Hammer, took to the stage with their new musical project, Gasper, in a performance that was a ton of fun. Also performing in Gasper Alex on guitar, and Rich on drums.
Ramonda Hammer, for those who’ve been living under a rock, has carved a niche for themselves in the alternative rock scene with their distinctive blend of grunge and indie rock. Their music, often characterized by introspective lyricism and a melodic, contemplative sound, fronted by Devin Davis, has garnered them a dedicated following. But as I discovered on a memorable evening, Hengl’s and Geter’s artistic ambitions reach far beyond the confines of their renowned band. The birthday celebration for Andy Hengl was more than just an occasion for cake and candles; it was my maiden sonic exploration of Gasper’s inner world.
It’s not unusual for musicians to pursue side projects or solo endeavors to explore different aspects of their creativity. But what truly sets Hengl and Geter apart is their ability to maintain a strong presence in both the established band and their new venture. While still very much a part of Ramonda Hammer, their willingness to embrace a different sonic identity with Gasper is commendable. It’s a testament to their versatility as a musicians and a refreshing reminder that artists can, and should, continually challenge themselves to evolve. Ramonda Hammer has its own unique sound, but Gasper seems to give the fellas a little more freedom to let loose and create music that’s raw, gritty, and spontaneous.
One unfortunate caveat of this newfound musical endeavor is the absence of Gasper’s music on streaming platforms. For those of us eager to immerse ourselves in the punk-infused, carefree sounds of the band, the wait can be frustrating. However, I’ve been reliably informed that this situation won’t persist for long. Gasper is currently working on getting their music out to the world, and it’s a release worth anticipating.
In a world where music can sometimes become formulaic or overly polished, artists should be like Andy and Justin and venture into the power of experimentation and the joy of embracing new sounds. Their dual roles in Ramonda Hammer and Gasper showcase the rich tapestry of their creative expressions, and it’s a journey that fans should follow closely. As Gasper prepares to make their mark on the music scene, one can only wonder what exciting new horizons lie ahead for the gents of Ramonda Hammer.
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