Gold Frankincense & Myrrh or GFM are a band formed by the three sisters, CJ, Maggie, and Lulu. The Florida-based band had a sound that uses elements from all over the Metal and Rock scenes, combining them together in their own unique way and sense.
We had the chance to chat with the three members of GFM and ask them about their music, their ideas, and of course, the usual nerdy questions I love to ask.
CJ – Guitars, Vocals
Maggie – Bass, Key, Vocals
Lulu – Drums
Hello, girls. I’m glad I can chat with you all. How are you doing today?
We’re doing good!
Thank you for having us.
We’re excited to speak with you!
You have been rocking the world lately with your singles and your new EP, “Framing My Perception”. What is next in the plans for GFM that you’d like to tell us about?
We’re currently pushing the EP “Framing My Perception” with our touring schedule. We just finished our summer season, and we’re about to go back out with Fozzy in the Fall!
You have a very unique sound and you’ve actually named your genre “Beautycore”. How would you define Beautycore to someone who is yet to hear your music?
Beautycore started as a joke between us because we felt like we didn’t have a place to belong in the music industry. Now it’s becoming this idea that women can play metal and rock music just as well as the guys. It’s got the heaviness of the rock scene, but because it’s done by women, there’s a different sound to it. We try to bring as much fun into it as possible and not take ourselves too seriously.
In order to get to know you better and to put my nerdiness to good use, how about we play a little imagination game? I will set a scenario in an alternate universe and you’ll answer some silly questions about it. Ready?
I’m a little scared haha
Lulu, in a universe where every time you drum on an object that is not drums a pixie appears as your new pet/friend, how many pixies would you have following you right now?
There would be too many to count. That actually stresses me out haha.
Maggie, in a universe where bass players are worshipped as goddesses and gods, how would the Maggie Festival be celebrated by your worshippers?
I think having a big festival would be super fun. Kind of like a renaissance fair meets a music festival.
CJ, in a universe where your guitar glows whenever you’re within a close distance to people you dislike, how often would your guitar glow?
Oooo, do I have to answer this question haha? Hopefully, there wouldn’t be too many times it glowed.
In a universe where money does not exist, but instead, people pay for things by making other people laugh, how rich would you be considered?
Oh, CJ would be loaded for sure.
Yeah, CJ would be extremely rich.
In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up together, what food would you imagine GFM’s music would taste like?
I think we’re obligated to say cupcakes since we throw them from stage haha.
Either that or maybe pop rocks hahaha.
Thank you for playing along! I hope you enjoyed this! Your website’s bio says that “with your music, GFM wants to show that women and young people can play music”. What are some stereotypes that women and young people in the music industry face that annoy you?
We’ve had difficult times with people taking us seriously, but I think it helps push us to work harder.
I agree, and I think there have definitely been times where we haven’t gotten the same opportunities because of our age or because we’re girls. But like Maggie said, it just pushes us to work harder in order to further our band.
How do you deal with any form of sexism that you might face and what advice would you give to anyone who faces discrimination in any way?
We’ve learned to let it just roll off our shoulders. You can sit in your anger, and you can try to fight back to every social media comment, but at the end of the day, that’s just wasted energy. We’ve realized that there are people that aren’t going to understand, and that’s okay.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if their words have power. It’s so important to move forward and ignore the disbelieving comments. Your hard work will pay off regardless of whether that person believes in your band or not.
CJ, Maggie, and Lulu, thanks a lot for your time and for giving us this interview. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Make sure you check our website www.thegfmband.com for all our tour dates coming up. Some shows are sold out or close to selling out so get your tickets fast!
Don’t forget to stream our EP “Framing My Perception.” We’ve got a new set list this fall, so you’ll need to know the words to the new songs.
And follow us on all social media sites @thegfmband so you don’t miss out on any upcoming news!