An Interview with Glaze

There’s an intriguing cerebral component to the music of Glaze. The many musical nuances that lie within any given track in their existing discography reveal the band’s clear ability to approach composition with mastery and intelligence. Each individual song is deeply intricate, never maintaining at a constant for too long before skyrocketing into another stratosphere of dynamics – with a fresh assortment of sonic variety to offer. Glaze works to the full breadth of creation, piecing a variety of tones, tempos, and textures together in a fascinating manner that captivates the ear and mind alike. The music of Glaze is tuneful with a hint of dreaminess, but is also soaked in raw rock ‘n’ roll. This auditory combination is not only unique in a refreshing manner, but in such a way that a listener cannot help but feel deep intrinsic motivation to explore their discography in full.

The track “Chow Mein” strongly embodies all that makes Glaze such sophisticated musical innovators. It is absolutely invigorating, the kind of rock ‘n’ roll that causes listeners to surrender themselves to it. The ethereal nature of the vocals is sonically juxtaposed by the profoundly resonant bass line in the verses, which creates an alluring nexus of light and dark sounds that make the track, as a whole, an entirely enriching listening experience. The end of the verses are met absolutely electrifying guitar sounds that explode like a wildfire, taking on a life of its own and yielding so much power of its own that one cannot help but stop in awe and take it in.

Let it be known that this all occurs before the track reaches its one minute mark.

That’s what so special about Glaze – their artistic electricity meets the ear immediately. There is no waiting through an intro for the song to ultimately pick up: with Glaze, the impact, the musical experience, begins instantaneously. That’s pretty damn awesome.

Glaze – comprised of Stephen McElwee, Austin Yeates, and Jake Villarreal – was kind enough to answer interview questions about their beginnings, the music scene in Austin, Texas, the band’s creative evolution, and more. Read on, friends.

 
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AMPLIFY: What’s the origin story of Glaze?

Yeates: Stephen and I met while going to Texas State University, and we immediately realized that we shared many interests in music, as well as the type of music that we wanted to play. He was in a different band at the time, but we knew it would get to the point where we wanted to play and write music together. Once we saw the right opportunity, we started Glaze in November of 2015.

AMPLIFY: How would you articulate the band’s artistic growth?

Yeates: We weren’t exactly sure of which genre or specific direction we wanted to take the band. We just jammed, and whatever came out, came out. From the beginning it’s felt very natural to write together. I think our garage rock roots were more apparent in the early days, but we’re definitely going in a more post-punk and shoegazey direction.

AMPLIFY: Do you have a favorite memory from any of your live performances?

Yeates: One of my favorite memories was the first house show we ever played back in San Marcos where we first got started. It was the first show where the crowd responded really well to our performance. There were people crowd-surfing in this tiny house, they were jumping over our pedals, it was completely insane. I think it was the first time where we sat together afterwards and were like, “Wow we’re a band, and we have some sort of potential to do this.” It was a surreal and memorable experience.

McElwee: I’d have to agree with Austin. That show changed my perspective on what we were doing, and showed us that we did have the potential of doing something with this band.

Villarreal: I would say one of my favorite shows was our first Houston gig at Satellite Bar. We didn’t know a single person in the crowd, but we all noticed the majority of the crowd was super into it. This was the first time we played in front of a bigger audience of people who we didn’t know that actually liked our music.

AMPLIFY: What moves you to create?

Villarreal: I honestly feel like our first Houston show inspired us to create and keep going. For me personally, seeing us make that kind of impression to an absolute new crowd was incredibly inspiring. I’ve been a part of several bands that just felt like a way to pass the time, but hearing people’s feedback about Glaze really makes me feel like a part of something special.

AMPLIFY: If you could time travel to any period in music history, which era would you select and why?

Yeates:  I’d love to time travel to the late 80’s and early 90’s. Not only because some of my favorite bands were from around that time period, but because of how quickly the DIY scene was exploding around then. One of my old teachers saw My Bloody Valentine open for Dinosaur Jr., and I can’t even imagine witnessing those bands perform together in the height of their careers.

Villarreal: My favorite time would be the late 70’s, as cliche as that sounds. I think that I respect that time so much because it was super influential to music as a whole. To me, it was the development from pop/disco to heavier punk/rock styles that I find so amazing.

McElwee: I’d probably say late 80’s just to be able to experience the begin of the change in Rock music that would take over in the 90’s.

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AMPLIFY: Which aspect of the creative process do you find to be the most personally rewarding?

Yeates: I  always like to listen to stuff we’ve written a few days after it’s been completed. At that point, all of the doubts we had for certain parts have gone away, and it’s a much more settling experience.

McElwee: I think just being able to jam out an idea we had, and really seeing it flourish and see how each one of us contributes our own feel to each song.

AMPLIFY: In your opinion, what’s the most unique aspect of Austin’s music scene?

Yeates: The diversity of the music scene is unlike anything else I’ve experienced. Lately there’s been a big wave of dream pop and psych bands in the area, but there’s so much more out there, with great talent for each genre. Austin is just one of those cities where people from all across the state get together with their own ideas and collaborate.

McElwee: Amen. What Austin said.

AMPLIFY: If you could change one aspect of the contemporary music industry, what would it be and why?

Yeates: N/A

McElwee: I think that there is a pretentiousness in the music industry that I could do without.  

AMPLIFY: As a band, which aspect of your creative work are you most proud of?

Villarreal: I would say I’m real proud of our live performance style. We’ve all sort of caught on to each other’s cues when playing and we just sort of vibe off each other. I’d like to think we create some energy in our live sets.

AMPLIFY: Lastly, what’s coming up next for Glaze?

Yeates: We’re gonna do a short East Coast stint in Mid-August, and perform in cities we’ve never played in before. Other than that, we’ll keep writing and recording as much material as we can.

Ready for some tunes? Good, because there are lots of ways to listen to Glaze. Click here for their Spotify, here for their Bandcamp, here for iTunes, and here for Soundcloud. To see what’s new with Glaze, click here for their Instagram, here for their Facebook, and here for their Twitter.

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