Live at Wharf Chambers on Monday, 8th August 2016
At around 2200 on a Monday night in a clammy Wharf Chambers in early August Glass Mountain take to the stage. Opener "Medicate" is a raucous affair that has the sound man scrambling for levels. Eventually and quite quickly the levels settle and we're off. Glass Mountain are tight and the bass and drums syncopate well and the whole band do a good job of replicating the amazing sound achieved on the recent release 'Glacial'. The end of the first song climaxes to a nice finish. Next song is the brilliant "Birds in Heart", complete with the intricacies of the backing track and dual vocals is played well, with conviction, the drums perhaps sit a little too loud in the live mix but the band are obviously well rehearsed and keen to replicate the studio sound live. Next up is "Over Thinking". The mix seems to have settled down now and the more restrained drums on this track sit perfectly with everything else. The dual vocals in the verse compliment each other well and coupled with the guitars the chorus sounds massive as it washes over the packed crowd. The band are picking up pace now and happily exchange chat with the excited punters. New song "Ghost" is premiered. This song is brand new and not released yet and is apparently on a new upcoming EP. It has more of a swagger than the slower numbers but still has the spacey, ethereal guitar washing away in the background. The bass chugs along nicely with a nice effect applied from one of the many pedals on offer. The song sees a nice guitar solo and yours truly can't wait to hear it on record. The band end the set quite prematurely, probably due to the stage times running over. They end on the title track of the latest EP, "Glacial". This was a standout track on the EP and it's a standout track live. The drums really stick their neck out on this track and the lead vocals come across brilliantly and brightly. This song has the ability to make the room feel like a huge open landscape, as it does on the EP. The guitar feedback rings out and then fades to the piano and drums which tightly knit the soundscape. The sound is huge, cinematic and just like on the EP, breathtakingly bold. The band leave the crowd wanting more and just as the mix really starts to come together, they end. "Glacial" is the perfect song to end on and I would seriously recomend catching these guys live. They play Bingley Live on Sunday 4th September and the 360 Club in Leeds on Saturday October 8th.