Glom just released their debut LP titled Bond. To me the timeline of songs reveals a coming of age story that starts with self doubt and works its way through to lyrics that are about not being able to worry anymore and self-acceptance. Key hooks in the instrumentation include a call and response type performance between the vocals and lead guitarist. Glom is a North American slang term for becoming stuck or attached to and after checking out their debut I promise you will become emotionally attached with this group as well. I’ve taken the time to write up a track by track below and seriously appreciate anyone who sticks around for it! Also links and stuff…
- “Tell Me Who to Be” **original post here**
Get ready to fall in love with this heavy handed indie rock track. I was so lucky to come across a band so enchanting in a sea of bedroom producers and songwriters. “Tell Me Who to Be” by Glom stands out to me for a number of reasons, the instrumental arrangement is a wonderful combination of 90’s alternative and 80s synthpop that will please a wide audience. A driving beat and heavy grooves will make you fall in love with Glom “Tell Me Who To Be”. This comes from La Reserve Records a Brooklyn based label that features some great acts such as; Yellow Shoots and Tuarrah among others.
“Meet me in a daydream”. “4:1” took me in a more uplifting direction then the angsty and moody debut of “Tell Me Who To Be” and “Stuck”. This more uplifting energetic track “4:1” still maintains their 80’s cinematic sound, or self described and possibly more accurate ‘dreamy soundscape’, that I find charming and nostalgic. Personally this one gets me stoked for the journey and not the end goal from a lyrical stand point.
3. “My Red Spine”
Jangly chorus pedal guitar licks fuel the intro to “My Red Spine” by Brooklyn based indie band Glom. The call and response between the vocalist and guitar starts the verse while the band keeps time before building into a chorus that builds momentum while maintaining the lofty atmospheric yet driving rock that is Glom. Vocalist Peter Warrens performance might be compared to emo heartthrob William Beckett from the Academy Is…
The bridge is dark in a grunge Nirvana way before the electric guitar adds a funk rhythmic quality that leads the band out of the darkest and lowest dynamic point of the song. This is something any indie kid to bounce around their too. This sound kind of reminds of that classic iconoclastic protagonist written into any number of pop culture shows or movies.
“Stuck” starts off with an energetic strummed guitar accompanied by a driving yet laid back rhythm section who hangs out in the pocket. The soft voice accompanies the band nicely in what may be the highlight and most easily accessible of the tracks off Bond. Another highlight of “Stuck” is the well crafted guitar solo that jams out and is smooth.
“Walking” utilizes drum filters to bring the listener smoothly to a banger of a track. The harmony and textures build on themselves, at this point in the record Glom has really defined their sound for listeners as a chorus fueled rock act that combines elements of many decades of alternative rock to make a full sounding
6. “Bad Year”
Somber in mood yet having the uptempo energy of the rest of Bond, Glom delivers “Bad Year” an introspective track that takes the listener down into topics such as feeling like you want to die and deceit. It is simple yet the songwriting is carefully structured with every line having a vocal harmony. The lyrics are gloomy and pacing is urgent, makes sense since the title is “Bad Year”. The chorus is sustained whole notes sung in two part harmony which helps differentiate between the verses at mezzo forte all the way to the forte choruses.
7. “Afraid Of Rain”
“Afraid Of Rain” is dark and brooding and sounds like it could be part of 28 Days Later. The distorted lead guitar textures in harmonics which will make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. Pounding pedal tones support the vocals through the verse into the chorus where the singer sings about being afraid of dying out in the rain. Ambiguous in nature the way I interpret the lyrics is that we are supposed to insert our own phobias in place of the “rain” for example being left out in the rain could be a lack of self fulfillment.
8. “World Class Poetry”
One of the slower tracks on Bond is “World Class Poetry”, structured similarly to other songs on the record. I really enjoyed the use of filtering on the background vocals and the use of tension and modal interchange in the melody that up to this point hasn’t been as present. Still mostly diatonic and focusing on one to flat seven in chord structure “World Class Poetry” is a stand out because of the pacing.
10. “Something Stupid and Dumb”
“Something Stupid and Dumb” is the darkest song on Bond in my opinion and blends octave vocal harmonies in an angsty and conversational way. The explosive ending of Bond is full of noise rock and chaos. This was a particular step away from the sound they’ve laid the groundwork for owing to the way it was arranged melodically.
written and recorded by Glom
produced by Sahil Ansari
artwork by Sean Dunnevant