Album Review: GXTP, “Smoke & Mirrors”

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Heavy beats are often considered a hallmark of contemporary rock music, a genre that fearlessly takes on alternative rock. Amidst this rhythmic world, a new rock band, GXTP, has emerged as a formidable force.

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Founded during the pandemic, the band has recently dropped its debut album titled “Smoke & Mirrors,” which is making waves across digital streaming platforms. Fueled by the creative trio of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producers Jason Paul and Sasha Sirota, along with the poetic prowess of Triple Sixx, GXTP (Guns & Toilet Paper) has crafted an anthemic collection in “Smoke & Mirrors” to solidify their position as the greatest rock band of all time.

GXTP was inspired by a poem by Triple Sixx titled “Guns & Toilet Paper.” While transforming the poetic verses into songs, a whole music band emerged with a unique concept that acts as the driving force behind “Smoke & Mirrors.” Each track of this album started as a poem, reflecting the distinct poetic foundation that sets GXTP apart in the rock scene.

The album, drenched in pure 90s vibes, offers an array of rock styles in a tongue-in-cheek narrative.

It kicks off with the high-octane “Accusation,” a song pulsating with redemption and defiance. The track sets the tone for the musical journey that “Smoke & Mirrors” unfolds. The album invites listeners on a musical journey marked by explosive singles such as “Contraband,” featuring the legendary Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe. The song has already earned appreciation from V Magazine as a “rock and roll banger” and also climbed the Top 40 Mediabase Active Rock chart.

“Lust & Purity,” an electrifying track from the album, encourages listeners to embrace the coexistence of darkness and light within themselves. This theme is predominant throughout the album. Another song, “Foresight,” is an ode to adore those who bring joy into our lives. The energetic “Quiet Riot” stands out for its foot-tapping beats, thanks to David Bryan, the iconic keyboardist behind the track and a founding member of Bon Jovi. “Smoke & Mirrors” comes full circle with “Guns & Toilet Paper,” the poetic inspiration that birthed the entire project and concluded with the powerful ballad “The Deceiver.”

“Smoke & Mirrors” is not just a musical saga but a reflection of the band’s commitment to self-production, with all members contributing vocals and Sasha showcasing his instrumental versatility on guitar, bass, drums, and keys. Additional production on select tracks by Brent Kolatalo (known for his work with Kendrick Lamar and Drake) and the mixing expertise of Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, The Rolling Stones) has also elevated the album’s immersive musical experience. Ted Jensen (Green Day, Metallica) at Sterling Sound Studios, mastering the whole recording process, added a layer of excellence to the project.

Founded during the pandemic when the music industry was facing a challenging phase, GXTP, the abbreviation of guns and toilet paper, mirrors to society the urgency of the time. The project is a combined effort of two powerhouse songwriters and producers, Jason and Sasha, known for their chart-topping achievements with artists like Justin Bieber, Maluma, Zac Brown Band, and Drake. GXTP’s debut album, “Smoke & Mirrors,” as a musical masterpiece, will further prove the dynamic duo’s meticulous approach and quality standards.

“Smoke & Mirrors” is more than a music album; it is a reflection of contemporary society that exhibited resilience and creativity in challenging times. GXTP has crafted a saga through contemporary rock that transcends the ordinary. As the album continues to enthrall listeners, it also carves a place for GXTP as a promising band in the global rock scene.