We here at It Djents are proud to present you our newest featured artist of the week, Glassing! This band is an ethereal barrage of post-metal, mathcore, shoegaze and ambiance that serves to make their music a beautifully vivid yet crushingly bleak experience.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Glassing started when Cory (guitars) let Dustin (bass, vocals) sleep at his place. After discovering their musical synergy together, they founded the first iteration of Glassing. They later met Camacho (drums) asking him to play drums after his project in Chicago disbanded. After already deciding on the name and later finding out that it means to break a glass bottle and then stabbing someone with it, the band set their sails to write one of my favorite albums of 2017.
Dustin was actually more into math rock, Corey was really into pop punk at first and later post-rock, and Camacho…well, he just wanted to bang on stuff. It also helped that Cory’s dad is a musician and both of Dustin’s parents made music. Coming from different musical backgrounds didn’t hurt their writing process, though. In fact, by having many open, honest discussions about their ideas, they quickly found a strong synergy.
Somewhere between Converge and Russian Circles, Glassing builds an atmosphere like no other. Like winds of glass shards, the songs have a tranquil flow that flourishes through razor sharp dissonances building into epic melodic resolves or devastating, doomy breakdowns. Polyrhythmic riffs, soaring vocals and an ambiance that expresses pure bliss are the recipe for an incredibly interesting combination of styles. The changes from frantic instrumentation to almost slow-motion gloomy fuzz are the most brutal way to convey something so lucid and gorgeous. When talking to the band, drummer Camacho said:
“I imagine snow slowly falling and building up on the ground. It’s…tranquil.”
But how do they accomplish these tones? Camacho has a custom all bubinga drum kit made by Brass Ball drums that gives the band unique earthy tones and rounds out the low end nicely while retaining clarity. Speaking of low end, Dustin goes for a Death by Audio pedal to bring his bass from a punky growl to an all-enveloping noise. Cory uses his trusty Les Paul and an Ibanez DE7 in conjunction with multiple other delays and reverbs to meticulously weave his ethereal approach. Both Cory and Dustin use Sunn amps.
Apart from making a musical oxymoron work and endeavoring to become one of the most interesting acts to emerge out of the Texas scene in some time now, they also have a lot to do outside of the band. Cory plays ambient sets in a local yoga center, Dustin goes to pop concerts and Camacho was involved in making a mockumentary.
Glassing are as much fun personally as their music is to listen to. Kind, down-to-earth people making incredible music is always an awesome combination, and we are excited to watch Glassing flourish from here.