Oct. 24, 2002

Mad At Gravity Not a Science Experiment

By Randy J. Klodz

California-based rock quintet Mad at Gravity will treat the Chicago area to a goody bag filled with its rocking sound when the band plays a House of Blues show on Halloween, supporting ex-Alice in Chains co-front man Jerry Cantrell.

With a name like Mad at Gravity, a band that consists of vocalist J. Lynn Johnston, guitarists Anthony Boscarini and James Lee Barlow, bassist Ben Froelich and drummer Jake Fowler, one would assume these guys have an animosity toward the sciences, but this is not the case.

“There’s nothing inspired by disgruntled physicists,” Johnston said. “I started frantically looking through old notebooks looking for phrases and words, things that I had written that would jump out at me. Mad at Gravity was something that I had written a couple of years ago. I wrote it down and made note of it and took it to practice, the more I thought about it the more we all liked it.”

Mad at Gravity have been no stranger to the road, while touring with the likes of Creed, Sevendust and Filter in support of the debut album “Resonance,” which was released in July.

“In a lot of ways we’re paying dues now and doing the cross country tour circuit in a broken-down old RV that we’re driving ourselves,” Johnston said. “A lot of times it starts to fell like work, but then we realized that we never really had to pay too many dues. In the first place things took off for us in kind of a lightning pace.”

The beauty of Johnston’s lyrics may stem from the fact that he had his poem titled “Blind Man’s Blues” published by the National Library of Poetry at the tender age of 14. With the early start in the field of poetry it’s no surprise that Johnston has developed a successful process for lyric writing.

“Normally what happens is something will strike me and I’ll make a note, I’ll write it down—I carry pens with me all the time and generally more days than not I have something scrawled on the back of my hand,” Johnston said. “At the end of the day I transfer whatever’s on my hand into my notebook.”

Mad at Gravity will take the stage preceding Jerry Cantrell’s set on Oct. 31, at the House of Blues. The House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet. For more information on the band log onto www.madatgravity.com.

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