Members: Jesse Wheeler, Nathan Dillaha, Andy Prince, Allan Castleberry, Matt Prince
Hailing from Pensacola, Fl. The Gills are an eclectic, soulful, and energetic 5-piece indie rock band consisting of high school friends, siblings and survivors of life-threatening illnesses.
In 2003, songwriter/singer/guitarist Jesse Wheeler was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and fusarium. After undergoing countless procedures, and operations, including chemotherapy, Wheeler was on his way down "the mountain", ending his 3-year battle. During that time, he chose music as a form of therapy and picked up a guitar and Beatles songbook, and soon began writing songs of his own. Since then Wheeler has been steadily writing and recording music, tallying over 80 original, fully-completed songs to his repertoire.
Through years of trial and error with other musicians, Wheeler formed The Gills in late 2007, with Nathan Dillaha (also a cancer survivor) of the regionally acclaimed alt-country band "Reynosa", bringing a soulful, bluesy edge to Wheelers catchy, whimsical, and heart-felt songs.
Adding and impressive rhythm section to the band are brothers Matthew (drums) and Andrew (bass) Prince of "The Dawning", who incorporate energetic and heavy undertones to the mix. Pianist/multi-instrumentalist Allan Castleberry completes The Gills with ambient and ethereal backdrops, as well as, beautifully layered countermelodies.
The final result is a band that has grasped manufacturing songs that cross musical genres by layering sound textures, and acknowledging that the most important part of music is the space that lies between the notes. Movement and repose.
Jesse Wheeler - Vocals, Guitar
Nathan Dillaha - Guitar
Andrew Prince - Bass
Matthew Prince - Drums, Percussion
Allan Castleberry - Piano, Keys
The "Smile" EP 2008
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