2016 was a good year for GLASS MOUNTAIN. Arriving without fanfare in June with their debut GLACIAL EP, a release that grabbed the attention and imagination of the likes of Clash Magazine and Tom Robinson at BBC Introducing, and earned the band Video Of The Year at the Leeds Music Video Awards, GLASS MOUNTAIN continued to mesmerise until the year’s end. Taking immense pride over everything related to the band, those brief six months spawned beautifully crafted gatefold CDs, 10” vinyls, cassettes, their own magazine and highly-prized T-shirts.
Performances at Bingley Music Live, The Secret Festival and Leeds University Refectory enhanced their reputation further, whilst shows with the likes of Evil Blizzard, Las Kellis and Elvis Depressedly – shows that, on paper, appeared at best improbable – proved the band’s ability to win over pretty much any audience, regardless of setting or genre. The year ended with GLASS MOUNTAIN being invited as full tour support on the seven-date Embrace tour in December.
As we entered into the new year, GLASS MOUNTAIN returned with their second release, the two-track COWBOY SONG | MORE THAN THIS single. COWBOY SONG, which has appeared in their live set for a number of months now, swerves with a bravery and delicacy that reflects the lyrical sentiments; truthful and poetic, and accompanied by waves of crashing guitars that soar immeasurably. If anyone feared that GLACIAL was the band’s singular mesmerising, breathtaking epic … well, fear not.
MORE THAN THIS, a cover of the Roxy Music classic, appeared more akin to the soundtrack of a David Lynch film; brooding, spine-tingling, anthemic. The inspiration came from Bill Murray’s halting, inebriated, life-affirming karaoke rendition of the song towards the end of the film Lost In Translation. He may appear to be delivering the song to everyone in the bar but the reality is that, whilst rarely looking at her, he’s singing every word exclusively to the character played by Scarlett Johansson. And it’s clear that she knows. It’s a beautiful scene and GLASS MOUNTAIN more than do it justice.
Taking their name from a David Hockney etching, and requesting the permission and personal blessing from the artist to do so, GLASS MOUNTAIN formed in 2015 in Bradford, steadfastly proud of the city’s heritage yet fully conscious of the neglect and under-investment their city has had to endure. Through adversity and austerity, however, great art often shines; and GLASS MOUNTAIN shine brilliantly.
GLASS MOUNTAIN have continued performing live throughout the early part of this year, including support slots to Splashh and the legendary Hawkwind amongst their own headline shows, and have now announced a June tour with the breathtaking Leeds trio BROODERS. Full dates as follows:
Sat 10 MANCHESTER * Factory 251
Mon 12 LONDON * Old Blue Last
Tue 13 DERBY The Hairy Dog
Wed 14 BIRMINGHAM * Cuban Embassy
Fri 16 NOTTINGHAM * Chameleon Arts Café
Sat 17 LEEDS * Brudenell Social Club Games Room
Tue 27 YORK * The Crescent
Thu 29 GLASGOW King Tuts