SlantedPress caught up with Bradfordâ€™s very own alternative rock band, Glass Mountain. Following the release of their latest EP, Wow & Flutter, I caught up with William Sand (keyboardist and bassist) to discuss the bandâ€™s latest music, tour schedule and much more! With such an eccentric name my first question for Williams plays to the bandâ€™s name, Glass Mountain. William admits that all bands struggle finding a name â€œthat isnâ€™t cringe worthyâ€, but Glass Mountain has its name rooted in something a little more special. Based off an illustrated version of Grimmâ€™s Fairytales, a particular etching by David Hockney called â€˜Glass Mountainâ€™ caught the eye of the bandâ€™s bassist who thought the artwork â€œtied beautifully to Bradfordâ€. On the topic of genre, William highlights how that the bandâ€™s first EP Glacial offered a â€œvery slow movingâ€ sound that was often termed as either â€œyearningâ€ or â€œsorrowâ€. Even with these terms thrown around, Glass Mountain knew they â€œhad to define [their] soundâ€. All in all, William summerised the bandâ€™s genre as â€œalternative rock musicâ€.
Glass Mountain have been busy and recently released their second highly anticipated EP, Wow & Flutter. From their debut EP, Glacial to Wow & Flutter thereâ€™s no doubt Glass Mountain have matured in their sound and I ask William how the subtle change in musical direction came about. â€œWe didnâ€™t want to think â€˜yeah, weâ€™ve done that, and it was really well received, so letâ€™s keep doing thatâ€™â€ William explained, â€œThe Wow & Flutter EP was certainly not an easy EP to make!â€. Made up of 4 tracks, the EP is quite the feat. â€œIâ€™m really proud of â€˜Gin Flows Through My Veinsâ€™, and â€˜Have To Lieâ€™ is a great trackâ€ Williams tells me. â€œâ€˜Ghostsâ€™ has been around since â€˜Glacialâ€™ really. â€˜Wait All Aloneâ€™ was really the wildcard of it all. Itâ€™s like two songs bolted together; youâ€™ve got this shoe-gazing dream pop and this angry rant over some syncopated hip-hop drums.â€ It might sound like an experimental mix, but the band have an authentic formula for their music: â€œas long as we feel itâ€™s good, weâ€™ll put it out.â€
Glass Mountain are also due to play at the Lazy Sunday Afternoon festival this Sunday. Following the success of last year, we have been able to pull together an even stronger line up of artists. â€œWeâ€™re very, very excitedâ€ Williams says. The band have even taken a unique marketing approach to appeal to festival goers. â€œInspired by our Single â€˜Gin Flows Through Out Veinsâ€™, which we put out last October, the venue has kindly allowed us to have a gin and tonic reception party!â€ If you ask me, thatâ€™s a pretty creative marketing technique.
Now that Glass Mountainâ€™s latest EP is out and theyâ€™re ready to play their fair share of tour dates. I ask William if the band are sticking to their current music or if theyâ€™re already working on new content. â€œWeâ€™re always brainstorming seeing if thereâ€™s anything we can do differently and catch peopleâ€™s attention,â€ he tells me. â€œIt comes down to the songs, if the songs are good then, eventually, we should find the right fan baseâ€¦ who knows!â€ While William doesnâ€™t give too much away he does let slip that the band are working on their 3rd EP and have â€œ5 songs ready to goâ€. Out of them all, there are 2 really, really sad songs since Harry (lead singer) went through a break up and a couple that will surprise people because theyâ€™re up and happy!â€
With the interview drawing to a close, I ask William who Glass Mountain would want to collaborate with for their upcoming music. â€œWe would love to work with Robert Smith of The Cure. People have compared our cinematic style to The Cure. Harry (our singer) and I went to Hyde Park and saw The Cure play in London and it was brilliant. There was something magical about what they do, thereâ€™d be something really magical to have him onboard as a producer.â€ Other than The Cure, William listed Rei Kawakubo (founder of clothing brand Comme des GarÃ§n), David Lynch as a music video director, Mogwai, and, of course, David Hockney in a hope to use his artwork for a 10â€ vinyl sleeve cover.
You can catch Glass Mountain at Lazy Sunday Afternoon festival on August 19th!