Rowdy rock troubadours Glass Caves, have a big month ahead of them. They have several key Yorkshire dates, many of which have sold out, as well as their much anticipated album Alive released on October 27. We caught up with their frontman Matthew Hallas to find out what makes them tick.
Over the last couple of years, the band have gone from busking on the streets of Leeds and York to being played on the local BBC Introducing shows, play-listed on BBC Radio One and championed by the likes of Billboard and Next Big Sounds.
“Busking has been a key part of what we do, it helps to win over people that may not necessarily come out to our ‘proper’ gigs. You have to work really hard at it,” explains Matthew. “It’s been really helpful in promoting the band and getting people into our shows as well helping to fund our album.”
The UK tour is a big deal for the band and marks the start of what looks to be a very promising future.
Their fan base is growing incredibly quickly, I wondered what Matthew made of it all, and what has been his ‘pinch yourself’ moment.
“We sold out Fibbers in York a while back, that’s 400 people! That was amazing, seeing all those faces and so many different kinds of people singing our songs back to us. It was incredible.”
With Yorkshire seemingly a hive of guitar based bands, I asked Matt what he thought the secret was, and why our county is producing so many successful bands.
“When we were growing up there were bands like The Cribs and the Arctic Monkeys. So many bands here have a kind of grit to them. It’s good to see bands going really far.
“There are bands that we love now too, bands like Vitiman and Forever Cult, they’re amazing! It’s a really exciting time, and we feel really proud to be part of it.”
The bands new album and tour is set to cement them firmly in the UK guitar scene. The songs on the new album are big, with huge swaggering choruses, the production is elegant and polished.
In an industry that is littered with pitfalls, with so many bands of their ilk giving up before things get cooking, it’s exciting to see such a young band, with a really promising future, fighting for something they really believe in.
October 9, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds £6 7:30pm. http://www.brudenellsocialclub.co.uk/whats-on/glass-caves/