June 10th 2016 will see the release of Bradford four-piece GLASS MOUNTAIN’s EP Glacial. I spoke to the band prior to the release to find out more.
1.Hello, please introduce yourselves?
We are Glass Mountain, from Bradford.
Harry Hanson (Vocals/Guitar)
William Sand (Bass/Keys)
Lewis Johnson-Kellett (Guitar)
Jonathan Newell (Drums)
2.When did you form?
We formed a year ago, Harry and William made music as a pass time when we were free, then we began to take it more seriously and reached out for a drummer, we found Jonathan and then from there carried on writing, the first rehearsal as a three piece was the foundations of our first single ‘Glacial’. Then we were writing songs that needed more guitar and general layering so we asked Lewis to join, and that’s Glass Mountain.
3.What inspired you to make music together?
We all really came together from broken bands, the shock of not being in band and not being musically active scares us, so our inspiration is the safety of playing music together
4.Who are your main influences?
Codeine, Dinosaur Jr, WHY?
5.How would you describe your genre?
Yearn / Sorrow
6.So you’re releasing your debut EP later this month… where will it be available to listen to/download? Will there be any physical copies?
Our Glacial EP due out June 10th will be available on all digital platforms as well as deluxe gatefold CD.
7.Do you have any gigs coming up?
- June 10th – EP Launch at 360 Club, Leeds
- June 14th – Temple of Boom, Leeds, supporting Elvis Depressedly
- September 4th – Bingley Music Live
8.If you could’ve written any song, what would it be?
H: Mint car by The Cure. It’s my ultimate playlist song, no matter what the weather it will put you in a good mood, it shows off Robert Smith’s unique vocals and it’s got the classic cure sound, at least to me anyway, someone else probably thinks it’s shit.
L: Probably Montreal Rock Band Somewhere by Happyness, I remember seeing them play it for the first time and it was one of those moments when you just know this is gunna be your new favourite band, it’s poignant and moving, just perfect songwriting.
W: A Man Needs A Maid by Neil Young. It’s possibly the saddest song; it’s a story about a guy being so hopelessly lost, vulnerable and needing someone to just provide for his most basic needs, like cook his meals and go away. It’s a heartbreaker and the orchestration is perfect.
J: Cutting My Fingers Off by Turnover. I only got introduced to them earlier this year but I’ve had the album on repeat ever since. I can relate to this particular song on a personal level, I just close my eyes and reminisce.
9.What’s your all time favourite album?
H: In The Cold Wind We Smile – The Xcerts. I have never been so drawn in to an album from a band i didn’t know on the first play. I still remember hearing it for the first time, that really was the foundation of how i approach writing on guitar.
L: I always find myself coming back to Pinkerton by Weezer, It’s so raw and personal and full of hooks, It’s self produced with engineering from Dave Fridmann too so it’s got that amazing trashy drum sound all over it.
W: White Album by The Beatles, or Fugazi – In On The Killtaker. Either of those would see me right for the rest of days.
J: This question is particularly hard for me as there are too many great albums to choose from, it depends on my mood I guess… But Led Zeppelin IV is a strong contender, mainly because the end of ‘Rock & Roll’ turned my world upside down when I was 16 years old. In Rainbows by Radiohead also harbours a special place in my heart.
10.Oasis or Blur?
H: Blur straight up.
L: Blur every time, no-one in Oasis makes their own cheese and I can’t stand the Lad Culture associated with them.
W: Without even a moment of doubt, Blur. They’re an art school band, coming at the music making process from a better angle. They’ve never descended into Slade / pub rock territory.
J: DUH! BLUR! Damon Albarn is a dude. I love the fact that he went onto create Gorillaz. He’s also worked with some of my favourite hip hop artists such as Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and De La Soul.
11.If you could support any band on tour who would it be?
H: I’d love to play with Codeine, i got into them far too late and they sadly disbanded before i got the chance to see them, i have watched plenty of videos filmed on phones at their shows and it looks incredible. They are a real no nonsense band, turn up plug into minimum equipment and just play the music they know how, i love that, watching them on tour would teach me a lot i think.
L: My Bloody Valentine, the sheer volume would probably drive us all insane eventually but atleast I can snoop around and find Kevin’s secrets to his guitar sound.
W: The Cure. They play giant venues while keeping it down to earth and ego-free. And I think their fans would get what we are about, hopefully!
J: Death Cab For Cutie, they write amazing songs, they’re a real tight band and Jason McGerr is an absolute beast on drums. I’d get to stand at the side of the stage and drool over his tasty grooves, which would totally be tour worthy.
12.Finally, describe the EP using one word?
H: You saved the hardest question until last haha, ‘done’, if we spent longer it would be too polished and that would ruin it i believe. So it’s ‘done’ to us and it feels good having a date to bring it out.
W: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. We spent about a year making our debut EP and both the experience and the finished results are too wide to sum up with just one actual real word.
J: Precious. Hearing the parts grow and turn into songs, then listening to the mastered mixes for the first time was an amazing feeling.