Of late, the very idea of 'Rock’ is a stigmatised, shadow of its former self. Greed, commerce and desperation have shaken the sound, rattling loose much of the angst and emotion; leaving us with watered down swill that leaves a sickly taste in our mouths whilst offering no real nutrition. Copies of copies with finely tuned dynamics resemble nothing more than well designed bottles of bleach. The bands of today are to their predecessors what Nickelback is to Pearl Jam. Just when it felt that everybody behind a guitar was out for commercial success & willing to accept nothing less, we encounter a band like GLUM, a band securely grounded and fastened to integral motivation; a quality they firmly share with their own musical predecessors. “The juggernauts of the 90s…” Starts Nash (the groups' frontman and founding member)..."Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam…” he lists, rolling out a rhetorical question, “what did they have in common… Honesty, integrity and most of all, they wrote and performed music that didn't initially set out for commercial appeal…” Bands like this cut through at a time when commercial exploits were at an all time high. It was as though audiences had been waiting for something new; uncompromised, real and honest.
Though this era marked significant change, as the years passed, the integrity it offered was once again lost along with it’s forerunner, Kurt Cobain. Capitalism re-emerged and copy cat bands strolled the shadow of the band on which they were based. Commerce had found its way to the heart of pop culture once more. Reality television and overly sexualised advertising occupies our screens whilst the airwaves are static with music written and produced solely to sell, rather than to relate. Integrity is dead. Those willing to sell their self esteem are applauded and ’success’ cheapened to wealth.
We've long been calling for a new sound to break the cycle and cut through the charade. "Every now and then a band will come along and almost scratch the surface…” Nash explains, “…promising more than they deliver…or being soured by trying to sell…” Bass player Callum Waldron suggests, “A lot of bands out there pretend to be something they're not in order to succeed… the way I see it, is that rock has become the same sales foray as pop, bringing out a new type of ‘fake’ music”; a point on which the members all agree. “…this is where GLUM steps in” Waldron finishes.
GLUM are fresh, energetic, confused, hypocritical, down beat and yet somehow a beacon of hope. “I don't care for music that incites feelings the writer didn't have… it should all just come from you” Nash finishes. Drummer Jack Douglas offers an apt explanation of the bands’ sound, “each song is like a fractured story,” he starts, “Rory’s conflicting and damaged lyrics with myself and Callum ripping apart the pages."
Sticking out like a sore thumb in the suburban sprawl of the UK’s South coast, GLUM cut their teeth as something truly unique. The band's upcoming debut EP 'Anhedonia' is an honest moment in modern rock. Fraught with angst, passion and intent.
Anhedonia will be GLUM's debut release featuring upcoming lead Single 'Life's Been Better'. We've been working hard to get all our written tracks finished, recorded and mixed. The kickstarter video we've put together features teasers from demos of all five tracks. We want them to hit the public in their final form so we chucked those demos at an independent reviewer, mainly because we hate trying to describe ourselves, but so you could have a bit more about each song. After we'd gone through 67 reviewers who told us to f*** off we found one who seemed to like us.
Asylum - " From the moment the guitar rings aloud it’s clear we're in for a different ride. There’s something fresh yet familiar to the EP’s opener Asylum. Searing, unapologetic guitars sit alongside the vocal flooding the bandwidth and reminding us what it is we loved about alternative rock."
Life's Been Better - "Anthemic single Life’s Been Better weighs in with an emotive, cynical take on modern culture and personal crisis. Crashing guitars and open heart lyrics fill the canvas and if there were any doubt before, it’s here we're made aware that GLUM are astute authors with something to say."
Cocksure - "Befitting of it’s albeit derisive title, there’s a confident groove or swagger to the EP’s next track, Cocksure. The guitars roll and cycle until they're joined by accompanying rhythm and voice. With a clear disregard for the ‘rules’ of modern rock it treads a line which has long since faded. Sans the faux screams and jarring melodies we've become accustomed to, Cocksure is a breath of fresh air and might just cast hope across our musical wasteland."
Breeding Ground - "Breeding Ground is the EP’s overtly punk and tormented number. An open and honest scorn on today's morally ‘loose' intimate culture. Raw energy and performance aside, we're offered another shining example of the band’s ability to dissect their world and offer it back in a way that might have us think twice."
Not Here To Stay - "As the EP comes to a close the final track (somewhat appropriately) reminds us that they're 'Not Here To Stay'. Cast with emotion and willing, the song's opening riff immediately brings us into the mindset. Left feeling as though the band are bidding the world farewell we're urged to look a little closer and ask ourselves why. An almost unnecessary reminder that there’s more to this world than culture's current distractions, this is proof that rock can still be prolific."
They're Not Rewards: Here's What You Get
£1 + This will mean you can listen to GLUM on the radio, spotify and youtube.
£5 + Digital Download of the debut 'Anhedonia' EP a week before official release.
£10 + CD of the debut EP 'Anhedonia'. + Digital Download of the EP a week before official release.
£15 + Signed CD of the debut EP 'Anhedonia'. + Digital Download of the EP a week before official release. (Limited to 500)
£15 + GLUM Thylacine T Shirt.Available in two colours, Linen White and Charcoal Black, and sizes Small, Medium & Large.
£25 + Signed 12'' Vinyl Pressing of GLUM's debut EP 'Anhedonia'. + Digital Download of the EP a week before official release. (Limited to 500)
£50 + The Signed Package: Signed Thylacine Poster Print, CD and 12'' Vinyl Pressing of GLUM's debut EP 'Anhedonia'. + Digital Download of the EP a week before official release.
£1000 + A Broken Guitar. This was the guitar used and smashed in the live video of Life's Been Better. We've since fixed it with matchsticks, glue and tape. It's a really bad guitar, and we'd like to keep it.
Why we need £5,000
Despite label offers we are staying independent for now. When the offers start caring about the music and less about the money they see, we'll listen. This is because we have something we are working on 24/7 and the attraction of money, at the expense of the music, is not something we are interested in. We've set up a label for it's launch, with a small team handling all the stressful financial side. For us, it's about being able to produce the best GLUM record, without having to be compromised by commercial influence. We've already done most of the hard work, we just need the finances to finish off the mixing of the EP, record a music video and then to put 'Anhedonia' into production and distribution. £5000 gives us just enough to do that. Job Done.
Risks and challenges
We're so used to delays and mishaps that we have factored those into our timing and release plan. Death however is an obvious risk, although, we will make sure to take particular care of ourselves until the release of the EP, after that we will once again walk across roads without looking.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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