Thursday, 19 March 2020

GLASS NOOSE

BandGLASS NOOSE
GenresPunk / Rock / Post-Rock / Post-Hardcore / Emo / Alternative / Experimental
Related artists?.
CountryChicago, Illinois U.S.A.
Years Active2016-present
Album: "no more dignity"
Year: 2020
For fans ofThe Dear Hunter, Emery, From Indian Lakes, Darla Farmer, Lume, Guiltmaker, Coheed And Cambria, Wishesonaplane and Duct Hearts.
Label(s): Self Released / Tomb Tree Tapes
You can download: the March 2020 Mix#3 right here or get the new April 2020 Mix#4 here.

Review by: DAVE CULLEN

GLASS NOOSE’s latest LP "no more dignity" harkens back to the early/mid 2000s bands like The Dear Hunter, Darla Farmer, and the earlier From Indian Lakes records. GLASS NOOSE joins these similar bands who took an almost cabaret-like approach to musical structure. It would be hard to not throw the word "progressive" around when describing the music. There’s usually a chorus to fall back on, but in between those you won’t find repeated verses or a standard pre-chorus, but instead a fluid stream of riffs that find their way back to the central chorus.

The vocals are also reminiscent of The Dear Hunter, and actually at times take on the qualities of both vocalists from Emery. This large, almost operatic technique works well with the more post-rock sections of the record, as the guitar tone remains crunchy but with a good amount of clean still coming through to highlight that this isn’t as aggressive of a project as it might lead you to believe.

GLASS NOOSE is the brainchild of Tristan Zemtseff, who is responsible for all of the composition, arrangement, performance, recording, mixing, mastering, and artwork for their latest release "no more dignity". This is actually fairly evident in the music.  You can hear similarities in syncopation along most of the instruments, and overall it feels as though a single person was given keys to the band room and tried to see how much of it they could incorporate. You’ll hear a xylophone here, a bright acoustic guitar there, a manipulated vocal section over here, and usually all with a fair amount of reverb to keep it big and swirling.

If you’ve been feeling nostalgic for this brand of early/mid 2000s post hardcore or progressive indie (basically that four year period where everybody struggled to attach enough adjectives to a genre title to make it seem accurate), throw this album into the center of your brain.  There’s also a new track out on their bandcamp that you can check via this link.

(2020) GLASS NOOSE - "one-sided equation" (from 'no more dignity')

(2020) GLASS NOOSE - "dignity" (from 'no more dignity')

(2020) GLASS NOOSE - "better than before // as bad as it ever was" (from 'no more dignity')

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