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Byron Bay punk band Glass Towers play infectious indie tunes, delivered with a clever mix of shoegaze and punchy pop.
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Interview: 2 June 2010
Tell us about your music – how did you develop sound?
We started off playing Silverchair and Vines covers in Daniels garage back in 2008 though our sound kept variating through different bands we were listening to, it wasnt until the start of last year where we began to write songs based around our main influences ie - Pavement, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party and Foals.
We've now settled into our current sound which we can see us sticking too, one person has desribed it as "90's Slacker Indie Rock" though we don't like to tag ourselves as any particular genre.
Tell us about your high school – where do you play/learn music?
We began playing music through school in our music class where we all met, each of us sharing the same musical influences and ideas.The bands that originate through Alstonville High always have a particular sound and feel about them influenced by the area we live in, Byron Bay/North Coast.
There isnt such a big music scene for our genre of music and so we have to travel and play in Brisbane as often as we can where we're planning to base ourselves at the end of the year.
Our school has always been very supportive of our band and helped us out whenever they can ie - borrowing leads and amps and our friends always help out wherever possible.
Have you played live before – what can we expect from a live show?
We've been consistently gigging in Brisbane and around Byron Bay since we formed and were fortunate enough to open the mainstage at Splendour In The Grass last year. That was an incredible experience for us as we met many of our musical heroes and people who we've always looked up to. We've also been lucky enough to play alongside bands such as Tame Impala, Bluejuice and Cloud Control.
Our live shows are alot more energetic and up tempo then our recordings, we try to put on the best possible show we can because we know what its like to see a band you really admire and then be slightly let down by their live performance.
What’s coming up in the future?
We are hoping to have our Debut Ep out by the end of the year and play as many shows as we can while completing the HSC to support the release. Basically trying to get as much exposure as we can, getting our name out there through gigs and radio play.
Australian music is?
The current Australian music scene is more stronger and varied than ever. The Brisbane scene which we've personally been involved in is filled with many diverse and vibrant acts and there is a stong music community intertwined throughout the city. All the bands are good friends with eachother and get along really well which is a very positive thing to see.
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