It isn’t often that a band can just sort of form into its just right structure without even really trying. After a few years of people coming and going, Glass the Sky emerged in the summer of 2011 as a unit ready to make the sort of ethereal sounds that shroud its listeners in contented complexity. The Houston-based quintet isn’t concerned with making music within a specific structure or under the restraints of labels. Their music unfolds as naturally as the band formed – with the bringing together of collective talent itching to invent melodies that haunt you long after the music has stopped playing.
It is Glass the Sky’s intrinsic need to create something memorable. Together, the band constructs the type of music that pierces the skin and seeps inside, passed the superficial layers, and into the heart, the ears, the soul of all those who choose to listen. It’s a combination of all the best parts of a song that makes Glass the Sky’s music so unforgettable. Perfectly woven vocal harmony combined with heartfelt lyrics and atmospheric melodies are what will keep you coming back for more.
With the recently released EP, Glass the Sky has managed to convey their unique style and vision. Guitarist Nicklaus Kirkham offers a little insight into the band’s writing process, “There is no real sense of direction when it comes to the beginning of the songwriting process. Anyone can start playing anything and that riff will somehow form into a majestic piece of work. This is where brilliant hypotheses are presented and where we conduct our initial litmus tests.” One listen to the final song, “Portal” tells you everything you need to hear. Inside the walls of “Portal”, you hear lead singer Eric Lungstrum’s majestic voice marry with Erin Rodgers lingering croon. And everything crescendos around their singing – the emotional rattle of the guitars, the sonic boom of Matt Kelly’s drums, and the plunk of the keyboard keys wrap around the vocals to create a rising tunnel of emotive intensity. All the sounds join together at just the right place, trapping you inside its beauty.
Each song on their just released Ep draws you in and keep you satisfied. And while the band’s recorded tunes will leave you wanting more, it will most definitely be the organic way the songs unravel during their live sets that will have you falling heart first for Glass the Sky. Bassist Michael Mazzella says it all when he talks about playing with his fellow band mates, “I wish people knew how beautiful our improv pieces are. I think that the talent in the room is so good that it sounds planned, but in reality it is purely improvisational.”
All you really need to know is that Glass the Sky is a band comprised of five hard-working, ridiculously-talented musicians hellbent on making gorgeous music that makes you feel something – anything. It’s up to the listener to take away what they need from Glass the Sky’s songs, but they just wanted you to know the music is there to be consumed whenever you are ready.