Bassist Jaron Gulino recalls how he landed his Heavens Edge gig
Heavens Edge and Tantric bassist Jaron Gulino was recently interviewed by Andrew DiCecco for Vinyl Writer Music. Back in early January 2020, Heavens Edge consisting of lead vocalist Mark Evans, guitarists Reggie Wu and Steve Parry, and drummer Dave Rath announced that Gulino would be the group’s new bassist and replacing George “G.G. Guidotti who had passed away from lung cancer back on August 18, 2019.
With respect to when he first became aware of Heavens Edge, Gulino indicated: “Yeah, man. You know, I was a little late to the party on Heavens Edge. I was not familiar, and I went and saw L.A. Guns and maybe Faster Pussycat was on the bill, and I think Mark [Evans] played an acoustic set; he did a couple of Heavens Edge tunes, and I’m thinking, “These songs are badass. Where is this guy from?” I did a little bit of homework, but the dots didn’t connect, and it wasn’t until I met my buddy Damian and he gave me a copy of the Heavens Edge album, and then I started to piece it all together.
We saw a reunion show at World Café Live around ten years back. Then, oddly enough, I bought a bass cabinet on Craigslist, and I show up at the guy’s house to buy it, and it’s Mark! So, that’s kind of how we kicked off our relationship of knowing each other, and I just continuously saw the band at M3 and anywhere that I could. So, as a fan, I was following them for the last ten years, and to get that message from Mark asking if I would be interested in doing it, it was a no-brainer for me to say, “Absolutely.” With a band like that, with the legacy and all that history, there’s no better feeling than being able to help them out. And it’s a lot of fun, too; I get to play that style of music, which I don’t technically get to do too often with my regular gig.”
In terms of how his affiliation with Heavens Edge first came about, Gulino stated: “Yeah. Funny enough, man, I’m on tour in London, and I got a message on Messenger from Mark. I’m sitting in this cruddy bathroom before the show, and I had no service all day, and for some reason, this bathroom – this cellar, almost – my service kicked in, and I got all these messages. I got the message from Mark, and he’s not a guy I message with very often, so when I saw it and started to read it, I was like, “Holy crap.” I had a lot going on at the time, but it was a no-brainer. I actually knew the material well enough just from listening to it that when it came time to learn the songs, it made it that much easier for me. We went in right at the end of 2019 for a little jam just to see if everybody would get along and if it was a right fit, and the guys were blown away. And the rest is history.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Jaron Gulino via Vinyl Writer Music‘s website.