Third Outing caught up with the no-nonsense post-punker Aáron from Gláss. After the release of the incredible Glass(-accent) on September 28, the crew from South Carolina are bound to take the US punk scene by storm. But there's more to this band than meets the eye. Third Outing introduce Gláss. Take it away...
We would meet at 2 or 3 different Waffle Houses around Greenville, SC, and stay there chain smoking and drinking tea and coffee, talking about our favourite records, bands. Sám asked me if I would be into starting a metal band with him. I told him "fuck no" because I don’t know anything about metal. But after he reassured me that it could be cool, I had the idea of doing a kind of heavy, doom, post-punk band. Kind of like Swans, that was kind of the initial framework for the Foreign Bastard EP.
We don’t really stand for much
We definitely stand for being honest, but we don’t have a political or philosophical message or anything. We can’t stand the whole ironic thing that has been sweeping the nation the past few years. Things about cats, pizza, meth and that kind of nonsense y’know? Shit.
Our kind of music
My songs tend to all come from a similar place. I moved to Greenville from Scotland when I was 16. I’m from Ireland, but lived in Scotland for most of my life. And I was born in England. So I’ve always had confusion about my identity. 16 is such a pinnacle age. It's when you are closest to your friends, talks of moving out are in the air, and getting taken away from that really hurts. So that’s where all my lyrics tend to sprout from.
"I’ve always wanted to be in a band like The Stone Roses. That self-titled album is my favourite album ever".
But I just can’t write like that. The stuff that usually comes out of me usually is reminiscent of Bauhaus, Gang of Four, The Fall. Sám knows more about music than most people, so he’s down with whatever. And it’s cool with Aryán because he’s into all the new stuff that me and Sám don’t really know much about, so it’s interesting to hear his perspective on how the band reminds him of certain new stuff.
After that 1st show at Cabin Floor, I wanted to get away from the heavy stuff, and wanted to pursue the sound that I always wanted. Sám and Aryán agreed. That’s when I wrote songs like Stifling Quarters and Glass(-accent). I would always write down little ideas, phrases, things that I would hear at work or on the radio. So if I came up with a guitar part that I liked, I would play it, master it, and eventually sing some random words, or a melody. Sám and Aryán destroy it though; they’re really great at playing with me and it being what I hear in my head beforehand, almost spontaneously.
We’ve been through phases of getting into arguments at every single practice, telling each other to fuck off, mostly me getting too drunk, breaking up the band and not getting anywhere with the practice. We’ve gotten over that hump, I think. I can’t really think of anything specifically, but if you could picture Sám making jokes about being homeless, not having a job and complaining about his drum equipment while drinking a cup of coffee and smoking a cigarette, Aryán being pretty attractive, cool, bumming cigarettes from us, drinking a Mojito, and telling us about new bands that we’ve never heard of, and me stressing out about getting to a gig on time, complaining at them, and generally being a dick, that would probably some us up pretty well.