Tall Firs Meet Soft Location available via LP and download from Ecstatic Peace!, the must have release for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and some Wednesday night you mistakenly hit the town. Also via iTunes, Emusic, or Amazon.
Glass Rock is a song, is a band, is a way of life. Glass Rock is the crystallized movement formed by the molten lava makeout of the two bands of the album title: ‘Tall Firs meet Soft Location’. It’s a werewolf and a rhino on a first-date rampage of Korean Food and poppers, doing the Cabbage Patch on the boardwalk, kissing babies with beer breath. The core elements of the Soft Location sound are Kathy Leisen’s haunting voice and boneyard guitar, and Matt Kantor’s slo-mo jet fuel bass jamminating. Add Tall Firs: Ryan Sawyer’s could-blow-your-pants-off-but-prefer-to-slowly-work-them-over-your-hips drumming and Dave Mies and Aaron Mullan’s creamy dual-savant guitar stylings: two dudes who don’t even know how the other guy’s guitar is tuned but nonetheless have brought the tandem knockout reverb dropkick since 1991.
The band actively refuses to discuss influences, even with one another. With two pairs of childhood friends in the band, the music just happens and the listener is left to speculate. The serious aficionado is thinking Martha Reeves, Amon Dull II, the Gories, Otis Redding. But Heads know: this thing is wigs, Pepsi commercials, Sam Cooke, hardcore festivals, free stuff on craigslist, and connoisseur-grade sandwiches. In reality, Glass Rock are a prisonyard football team: a motley collection of wizened lifers, small-time pimps, and the wrongly convicted. Leisen is their Burt Reynolds. A painter on the Outside, she woke up back in the huskau of a recording studio after Awesome Michael ratted her and Kantor out to Ecstatic Peace. In the yard Tall Firs were hanging around bench-pressing twice their body weight. This record documents their crushing and dramatic gridiron defeat of the prison guards, and their harrowing escape during the ensuing melee.
GnR II are truly Chimeric. This ain’t reference-rock. This is the half man/half shark/half alligator sung of in days of yore, with inflatable Sasquatch feet and one popsicle arm. This thing will get bestial with you on the dancefloor, and will hold you tight on a pre-dawn canoe ride; staring at the stars crying at the wonder and terror of it all. Glass Rock ‘Tall Firs meet Soft Location’ is available from Ecstatic Peace! via LP and download. Also from iTunes, Emusic, or Amazon. Recommended for people who wanna get laid.