CD REVIEW: The Glammers - Self Titled
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: The Glammers
Album: The Glammers
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Beck, Blur, No Doubt, The Gorillaz
Weakness: A Few Short-Sided Songs
The Glammers is a 3 piece Alternative Rock band that hails from Edingurg, Scotland formed bakc in 2005. Their latest CD entitled The Glammers was released in 2012 and features12 new tracks.
The CD kicks things off with “Rock This Town” a dynamic prelude piece that serves up catchy surfer rock guitar groove, against impressive melodic accents and vocal harmonies. This intro piece leads you head first into Track 2 “Don’t Loose It” a hypnotic groove that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly Track 3 “Six Hours Later” presents a steady flowing bass driven groove with fascinating lyrical content against a grand slam chorus. This coupled with impressive hooky groove and heartfelt vocal delivery makes for a very interesting follow-up statement. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Beck, Blur, No Doubt, The Gorillaz, and even Queen. The music itself is an impressive blend of Ambient Pop and melodic Alternative Rock. The writing, playing, and singing abilities of Glammers (Syd, She, and Rex) is impressive to say the least. Syd’s emotional voice goes down smooth, and fits this catalogue well. What I like the most about this CD is its sheer song for song unpredictability and an underlining dark presence. You never really know what’s waiting for you around the next corner. I give Glammers high marks on his writing virtuoso and not being afraid of being highly original. The lyrics seem very straightforward but make no bones about it they are extremely thought provoking and unpredictable. There’s also plenty of rich melodic layering woven deep within the fabric of the music. In classic parallel fashion the subject matter of some of these songs is also buried deep within the lyrical content. From mesmerizing “Darkest Nights” to hypnotic “MessenSherriff” to rocking “Double Life” to grooving “The Black” to heartfelt “Baby” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 Hold on Your Hopes” the prefect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.
Some songs are a bit short. Track 1 feels like an incomplete musical statement to me.
From start to finish this latest CD from Glammers is an impressive snapshot of musi for an amazing threesome from Scotlandc. The music is highly original, catchy as hell, unpredictable and will push the envelope hard. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius of Syd, She, and Rex. All three possess enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, with lyrical content is hard to pin down and the music is simple brilliant. Like the aforementioned I really enjoyed the Trippiness and sheer unpredictability of all the songs. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. The Glammers are one of those artists.