Thursday, February 21, 2019

The effervescent "Rudy" by Tender Glue rides on wanderlust rails

The track Rudy by Tender Glue shuffles and vibrates on dancing guitar lines with slightly overlapping notes creating a lovely tension. It feels like a song full of wanderlust and Polaroid travels. Tender Glue is Tom Gluewicki whose vocal performance feels passionate and maybe slightly pained but soars covered with an emotional patina. 

He was born and raised in Poland, moving to New York in 2002. At age 12 he fixed a broken guitar that his brother brought home. Tom recalls, "When I was in Poland, probably 12 years old, my brother was confronted by a group of gypsies. He was holding a brand new ADIDAS soccer ball and was hassled to trade it with a broken guitar. He brought the guitar home and I was excited because I always wanted to learn how to play guitar. I took the guitar and tried fixing it by taping the neck with duck tape because duck tape works for everything. [smiles] But one day I came home and I found out that my mother had thrown it away and I even went to the garbage container to look for it, but I couldn’t find it. After that, it stayed in the back of my mind that it was something that I would eventually get into."

At age 17 his family immigrated to the United States ending up in the Bushwick / Ridgewood area of New York. It wasn't until age 23 when Tom purchased a guitar at Target of all places. It was a Christmas gift to himself. 

Robb Donker


On September 25th, 2015, Tender Glue released his debut EP titled, “Wait For Steady Light”. After several years of creating original music, this album is a culmination of raw recordings, composed with minimal equipment, using the resources Tom had in his home. Full length album "Steady Light", which was a continuation of the EP, was released year later on August 26th, 2016.
The latest album titled "Closet Leftovers", was released on September 28th, 2018 on Tom's record label called Don't Label Me Records. The first four singles from the album were released between February to June of 2018. "Closet Leftovers" was recorded and produced by Tom in his studio apartment closet after he moved from Brooklyn to Manhattan more than a year ago.

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