This post previously appeared on Examiner.com
You may know Gabe Maciel from previous posts as the frontman, lyricist and guitarist for San Jose alt-rockers The Trims; but now you can add published author to the list. Maciel’s latest endeavor incorporates all of the above, combining poetry with an accompanying solo E.P. in a project entitled “Truth By Moonlight.”
“Truth by Moonlight” is a collection of poems, prose and song lyrics that set forth the personal, political, self-deprecating, and oft beautiful world of The Trims’ lead singer. Its Bukowski-esque vision is sometimes angry, sometimes gracious, and sometimes looking up from the bottom of a glass–but always surprisingly graceful. Not surprisingly, the book debuted as #1 in Hispanic American Poetry on Amazon.com. Maciel is obviously striking the right chords with his readers.
In addition to poetry, “Truth by Moonlight” incorporates lyrics from The Trims’ songbook, going back to the band’s earliest recordings and Maciel’s solo work.
Interestingly, the “Truth By Moonlight” E.P. takes Trims fans on an ever-so-slight musical detour, into sometimes more electronic lands (“Break Me Out.” “Ordinary Day”), but staying true to the paranoid, compulsive disco (“Political Disco”) and the neo-Chicano surf sound (“Killer At The Door”) the Trims are known for.
All in all, “Truth By Moonlight” provides an extraordinary, multi-media, 360-degree insight into one of the critical minds within the San Jose rock (and cultural) scene. Maciel comes correct on this emotional, gimmick-free collection.
And for those scuttlebutts out there who are wondering if this may signal the end of The Trims, you can rest assured that The Trims frontman won’t be leaving his primary gig. Maciel dismissed any Trims rumors, and hinted at the future of “Truth By Moonlight”:
“Truth By Moonlight will definitely keep going beyond the book. At least, that’s my plan,” Maciel said. “It won’t affect The Trims and, in fact, could actually gain [us] more new fans.”
You can expect a forthcoming video from the new act, so stay tuned in the coming weeks.
VISIT the Truth by Moonlight official page for songs, poems and other news.