Nick Rhodes (bass/vocals), Ryan Harig (guitar) and Matt Younker (drums) are Glassfield. The band formed in 2014 and recently released Unwrought Atlas.
The band was inspired by ’90s rock but the usual suspects aren’t at play here like Pavement, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, etc. There was a brand of rock happening back then that was more underground which was stemming from Touch and Go Records. Shellac, The Jesus Lizard, and Slint were powerhouses that came from that label and you can hear some of that influence on Unwrought Atlas. The band also cites Hum and Swervedriver as influences which makes complete sense.
The production for Unwrought Atlas is spot on. It’s heavy and sounds like a band playing in a room together. I’m so glad they didn’t for an overproduced 2016 sound that you hear everywhere these days.
The EP starts with “Some Spirits.” You are greeted with drums that are cut with a high pass filter before the band comes in full force. Once the verse hits the white noise and feedback drips from the guitars. Rhodes kills it on the vocals. As the song progresses there are some powerful instrumental parts which feel like the foundation of post-rock.
The title track is built on mounds of distortion as the vocalist delivers a passionate, emotionally resonant performance. Like the previous song you can hear hints of post-rock but it avoids the tropes and cliches that a lot of bands fall victim to. Next up is “Feverfew” which is a heavy, almost anxiety-ridden song. The guitars produce feedback as the bass growls with distortion. Another standout track.
The band continues to deliver the goods with “Baseline Therapist.” It's arguably the catchiest song but has a lot of grit and dirt as well.
"Big Hex" is the most epic song on the EP. It has a slower BPM but sounds absolutely huge as it bubbles with distortion. They close with “Innocent Heathen” which is a Snowden cover and fits in perfectly with their songs.
Glassfield is a refreshing band in a landscape that is full of predictable post-rock bands and EDM. They are exploring a tiny little niche and doing it extremely well.
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