Alt-rock band The Gills made their Austin City Limits debut this year on October 1, representing a huge milestone in their musical career. The road to get there, however, was not the easiest one—as the foursome have overcome major obstacles to get to the level that most bands only dream of when starting up.
After lead singer Jesse Wheeler was diagnosed with leukemia at age 15, he found solace in playing guitar and writing songs from his hospital bed. Later, he met the Prince brothers who were playing in a local church band in Pensacola, FL and Wheeler, Andy Prince, and Matt Prince assembled to form what we now know as The Gills.
The trio built up a fanbase in their hometown, and Wheeler discovered he was in remission a few years after, when they picked up and moved to Nashville where they met guitarist Justin Locke, completing their four-piece.
These days, there’s much to celebrate for the “Gimme Gimme” songbirds. On top of taking home Nasville’s prestigious Music City Big Break winner’s title, Team Coco also recently premiered the music video for their latest single, “Lemonande”. The icing on the cake? Wheeler just celebrated being 13 years cancer-free.
With music as infectious as their onstage energy, it’s no wonder the “Make it Pop” singers are taking flight. Track them on Bandsintown now so you can stay tuned for all their upcoming shows, and find out what it's like to be a band at ACL for the first time through their diary below.
Water yoga whilst searching for the Andy
Alexis Voodoo Queen got Justin like woah
Being super cool with Do 512
The whole happy family, except Steven, Stevens sad
Justin introduces the 'Front Bun' soon to hit bars and coffee shops everywhere
This artist lounge really blows
We took it to the limit, like the eagles, get it?
Justin being committed af, totally missed the ball
Nola rollin, Jesse be serious for once
The crowd at ACL ruled
Andy driving off into the sunset
We arrived to Nola with a Matt on the back the whole time
Matt and water porn
Getting ready to play, tuning the snare in and everything else out
Warming up in the Samsung bungalow
Margaritaville requires a hat
Cracking jokes before we go on at ACL
The first meal on tour was NOICE
Eeeewww a beee!!
Jesse screaming for his Fiji water
Giving some rockstar motivation
Hey Matt, you remember this tasty lick
Matt laughing at how he gives Andy stomach ulcers