From the Appalachian Mountains to the banks of the River Mersey
Combining the rough-hewed folk of the Deep South with English inspired lyric writing (think The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys and Pulp) Gemstone Heist craft timeless melodies and lyrics with bite and wit.
Gemstone Heist have also signed licensing deals to have their music used in film and media and recently been played on BBC Introducing.
“It’s not your traditional songwriter fare..Gemstone Heist sound authentic, and that’s something that’s missing in so much acoustic music right now.” Sound of Confusion Blog.
Gemstone Heist was formed after Ashley (from Kentucky, USA) and Gail (Liverpool, UK) started talking online about favourite bands and artists they had long admired. The next logical step (or illogical considering the distance between them) was to start writing together and form a band. Thus Gemstone Heist was born, after many long plane journeys and swapping of recordings and ideas across the net.
They cite influences from The Beatles, Stone Roses, The Strokes, The Smiths, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, Ladytron, folk music, and many hours of listening to classic indie music and pop.
“Gemstone Heist make songs that shine with innocence and wit..”
Drunken Werewolf Music Blog.
Ashley is a singer songwriter who plays guitar.
Gail is responsible for lyrics, keyboards, drums and programming/production.
Gail also utilises her previous career as a graphic designer to design the band’s artwork.
Gemstone Heist support LGBT rights, animal welfare and the charities Oxfam and Amnesty.
Ashley likes Sprite, fish tacos (no really!), Chihuahuas and English accents.
Gail can’t get by without cats, books, Lucozade and documentary watching.