Immovable Objects started out as the performance and recording name for San Diego-based multi-instrumentalist Matt Gagin. After spending five years with local band Waterline Drift, Gagin says he “…wanted to do something where I played a lot of different instruments and creativity wasn’t stifled by preconception or personality conflicts.” His first record, “Hoping It Stays Just This Broken” incorporated elements of indie rock, shoegaze and electronia into dense soundscapes. “I had no intention of really making a record, I was just going to record when I felt like it and see what was coming out. If I liked it, cool, if not, then I didn’t. I was really just making music for the sake of making music.”

For the follow-up record, Gagin decided to put together a live band that could play relentless instrumental rock, then capture that energy and emotion on tape. Enlisting the efforts of Paul Balmer (guitar), Brad Botbyl (guitar), Ted Donovon (drums) and fellow Waterline Drift alumnus Tim Peacock (bass), the quintet’s sound has been compared to Pink Floyd, Explosions in the Sky, and Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet.

After recording through the winter at Black Box Studios with Mario Quintero, the new album, titled “I’ll Know to Believe in Sparrows”, is scheduled to be released in June 2012 on Hawnyawk Records. Says Gagin, “I’ve read on record label websites that you should include your successes in your bio. The only true success we have is recording music that we like and not compromising it. So, if nothing else we have that.”


Matt was actually 6’5″ until 2002 when he had height reduction surgery because he was sick of people asking ‘Hey! How’s the weather up there?’ Matt is tired all the time. It was theorized to be mono but it turns he is just lazy. He likes shiny things, things that sparkle in the moonlight. He was born with a fully formed set of teeth.


Paul is funny…some of the time. Also, he practices the religion of beer. He has an uncle who is a saint, and his name is Nick. Paul wears a fat suit so people take him seriously as a musician.  The Matthew Bourne series is actually loosely based on Paul’s work for the CIA during the Cold War Era. He had his navel pierced (and fitted with a 3-carat emerald stud) last year.


Ted is an amateur beard farmer and knits merkins in his spare time. Ted comes up with grand ideas. They would cost as much as a small country’s GDP but they are grand ideas. Also, he plays drums with no shoes and often wears a laurel wreath to cover the onset of baldness.


Tim has red hair which may indicate he has no soul but we believe he, indeed, has a soul. Little known fact about about Tim, Ol’ Dirty Bastard is Tim’s half brother. Tim was instrumental in the ‘Free ODB’ campaign before ODB’s untimely death. RIP ODB!


Brad should be a motivational speaker as his words often convince others of things they would otherwise dismiss. Brad is an avid butterfly collector.  He actually has “La chasse aux papillons” (“The hunt for butterflies”) tattoed on his neckline. Brad always sleeps facing North. He believes this makes him more regular.

One Response to “Biography”

  1. Sydney Fogelberg January 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    I am entering the 2015 White House Film Festival. To be considered, I need to have permission to use any copyrighted music. I would love to use “From Courage to Liberty” as the music for my film. If you would give me official permission to use this piece of music please contact me at

    Thank you

    Sydney Fogelberg

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