Glass Caves are the band to shake up your life with a fiery passion. Yorkshire’s answer to Catfish and the Bottlemen, you might say. Glass Caves anthemic indie rock is just the right combination of frenetic guitars, impassioned vocals and foot-to-the-pedal melodies that will get you dancing uncontrollably and singing along at the top of lungs. Throughout September and October the band will be touring across the UK, for all the dates head here.
We caught up with the band’s singer, Matt, to discuss busking, The Darkness, festival season and much more.
Welcome Glass Caves, thank you for taking the time out to speak to us. Can you give us a few words to describe each of your band mates?
Matt – Singer – Primary food source = Vocalzones.
Connor – Guitar – Intense and bearded in that order.
Elliott – Drummer – Organised, likes to hit things hard and in perfect time.
Will – Bassist – Smaller than his bass most days.
You’ve been out and about busking around Manchester, Leeds and York this summer. Do feel that because you’re always out there busking it’s helped you progress your live set?
Busking is not what we’re about as a band, it’s just perfect for promoting the band, practising songs and to fill time when we’re not playing gigs. Saying that, it has helped us get tighter as a band and become more confident in performing our live sets.
You’re partial to playing a good cover. I have to say your most recent one, The Cardigans ‘My Favourite Game’ cover, is impeccable. What was your thinking behind that rendition of the song and do you enjoy reworking songs by other artists?
Impeccable is very kind… We find reworking songs enjoyable and it’s always good to put a different spin on a song and make it fresh. However, we don’t want to detract from any songs we cover too much because there is a reason why we love the song so much in the first place and don’t want to destroy them.
I hear you’ve finished work on your début album, now that’s exciting, congrats on that by the way. Do you have a title for the album yet? What song are you the most excited for people to hear, can you tell us a little bit about the track?
Cheers! Yeah, we’re really excited about the album and can’t wait to release it to the world’s ears. There are a good few tracks that we’re excited about from the album but one song that stands out to us is ‘Go’. It’s a cracker!
So what kind of album is it in lyrical terms?
Most lyrics of the album have come from life experiences we were having at the time each song was written. Main themes are relationships and band struggles with some hints of spiritual inspiration.
How long did the whole writing and recording process take for the record?
To get a basis of a song usually took a day or two which meant had around 39 songs to whittle down from for the album. Recording again a couple of days per track. Give us a month and the second album will be out… joke.
What are some of the albums that have influenced you personally? Not just the records that you wish you’d made but the albums that you go to for a certain mood.
The Strokes – Is This It is a great album that really catches a mood and a vibe. For me it’s one of those albums that makes you want to get into that whole band mentality. With it coming out when we were first picking up our instruments and getting into music I think it’s fair to say it’s had an influence on who we are today.
Somehow the other week The Darkness – Permission to Land got slapped on, on the way to our set at tramlines, lets just say we were ready to rock by the time we got to Sheffield. I’d forgotten how unashamedly nuts that album was, you definitely have to be in a certain mood.
You must have collected some great gig memories over the time you’ve been together, is there a particular moment that stands out in your mind as being memorable, a crazy moment perhaps that really surprised you?
A top memory which is really fresh for us is when Elliott mistook Frank Turner for a roadie at Y Not Festival and asked him where to put our gear before our set on the main stage. Sorry Frank mate, cracking set by the way.
You have a few festivals booked for this summer. If you could stage invade anyone’s set and play a song with them, who would that be and why?
After the car journey the other week I reckon invading the stage of one of The Darkness’ sets would have been insane. They were/are mental. So we’ll go for that.
Do you approach playing festivals any differently to playing headline gigs? Is there added pressure to impress the crowd compared to playing for fans at your own gigs?
Festivals can be more challenging because people aren’t there to see you, especially as an emerging band, like they are for one of our own gigs. Though that doesn’t matter too much because we’re hardened to having to win people over through busking.
What was the first gig that you personally went to yourself as a punter? Do you think your first live gig experience had any influence on who you are today – did it spur you on to start your own band?
One of the first gigs I went to see was Red Hot Chili Peppers and I was just blown away by how good they were on their instruments, it made me think I better really get practicing or give up now cos I’ll never be as good as that! So I suppose it got me playing and naturally you just want to find other people with the same kind of passion for it.
You played for Sofar Sounds in York earlier this year, Sofar are great at what they do and always bring us new and emerging bands for a good night of live music. If you could curate your own Sofar Sounds night, who would you like to play?
If we knocked up our own Sofar gig we would get a huge band to play to a small intimate room just because it’s the sort of thing that doesn’t happen. Someone like Kings Of Leon would be good. Alongside them we would put some good friends, Forever Cult, who are an amazing live band. Then we’d also put ourselves on the list cos we’d hate to miss out on such a mint gig.
Photo: Duncan Lomax, Ravage Productions
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