Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Glom's track "My Red Spine" feels like alternative rock fused from different eras and genres

My Red Spine by Brooklyn based alternative rock band Glom feels like a song fused from different eras and genres. There is a free wheeling pop meets punk in a proto punk way as well as power pop meets alternative rock. The bass line is incredibly dense with edgy drums that has a tightly wound mod feel, the guitars are (once again) proto punk meets art rock meets alternative rock and the vocals feel like 90's college radio, real without any musical artifice. This song has so much of all the right influences that I found myself pushing play multiple times and flashing on different bands every time not because My Red Spine borrows from them but because they share the same musical DNA.

Robb Donker

Glom is a Brooklyn based indie/alternative rock band. Prior to moving to Brooklyn, Glom formed in the DC area as founders Sean Christian and Peter Warren, along with Jonathan Harwood and Sahil Ansari grew up playing music together. They draw upon 90s alternative rock influences to deliver a familiar sound in a new way. Glom’s upbeat fuzzy pop foursome is completed by fifth member “Johan” Crandall’s shiny synthesizer and tambourine.
"'My Red Spine' is an homage to the late 70s guitar-rock that inspired me when I was a kid," says Peter. The wonky riff is reminiscent of Blue Oyster Cult, T. Rex, and Steely Dan while the vocal melodies are a direct interpretation of early 70s proto-punk from the likes of the Stooges and Velvet Underground. 
While “My Red Spine” is influenced by an earlier era than most other Glom songs, it is still delivered with the band’s textbook lushness, making it an in-your-face addition to their sound in the context of the rest of their debut album.

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