Merseysiders Glossom are fresh from their debut live performance and ready to impress, Getintothis’ Laurie Cheeseman takes a glance at the group and their first EP.
Lads n’ guitar music has been in the doldrums over the last few years – everything sounds the same; parochial, staid, a bit too wholesome. Y’know, been there, done that, got the t-shirt etc.
But bubbling under the surface, things are beginning to take on a new shape. Things are getting awkward, shifting shape and sound and texture like there’s no tomorrow; it first became noticeable with King Krule busting the whole singer-songwriter paradigm apart and forming some kind of ambient punk schitck.
Glossom are a band fitting into this nicely, aesthetically, if not aurally, at least.
Combine that with their excellent live debut supporting Joan of Arc this month and their sound was never going to be straightforward. Echoing, ringing guitars and brass are the order of the day, with a healthy side of snaking bass peeking through the fog of ambience and airy-yet-grounded vocals on You Did It Yourself and Stop Me on their debut eponymous EP.
Not many bands manage to walk a very fine line and make songs sound tight yet fluid and unpredictable; something sorely lacking in so much contemporary alt. music in this fair city of ours; it’s time more bands took a leaf out of Glossom’s book and do something interesting.
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