Back in July we held our first ever ReverbNation contest seeking out bands to submit their music for a chance to win an opportunity to be played on our show. We were overwhelmed with the response and had over 850 submissions. In the end, Indiana metalcore band Glass Hands were one of two lucky winners. I was extremely excited when I stumbled across them in our list of submissions, they just stood out the moment I pushed play. Their sound was polished and they knew how to present themselves professionally. I emailed the band after the contest ended to get to know more about the guys and was very happy to have vocalist Adam Anderson respond to my inquiring questions.
"How did Glass Hands come into fruition?"
"We realized that Glass Hands needed to happen when we had seen ourselves outgrow the old image of “Infamous,” which was our previous name. Our sound has changed a lot since we started writing music, and the new path is a lot more specified and mature."
"What does the band name mean?"
"The music we were writing and the lyrics Adam put down for our first EP had a lot to do with the fragility of time, and we had been messing around with finding a name that fit that vibe until we came up with Glass Hands, like the hands of a glass clock. We felt like this was fitting, original, and marketable enough to pursue. Adam wrote this to sum up what the EP and new name means, and we put it in the booklet:
“We walk through this life without proper legs
We think in circles from dirt to dirt
Through these glass clocks we count the minutes
Until these glass hands can no longer tick
These instants, only fragile in the palms that let them be”
"In just over a year, you have created a pretty awesome following with fans. What do you contribute that to?"
"We’ve been promoting hard on social media and thankfully a lot of people who have heard our music have been active in sharing it with others. We are so thankful, and so happy to see people reacting to the new sound so positively. Hopefully we can land in the right places at the right times to keep that kind of movement going."
"What metal genre would you categorize yourselves in?"
"We would primarily call it metalcore. We have a lot of outside influences and we try to throw it in and change things up but for the most part, we like to stick to metalcore and melodic hardcore sounds."
"What musical influences does each of the members have?"
"We listen to a lot of pop, rock, pop punk, hardcore, and pop rock to influence our sound. Some of various influences of the band include: Architects, A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Issues, Silent Planet, Counterparts, Fit For A King, Breaking Benjamin, Guns N’ Roses, The Fray, The Plot In You, and Wage War."
"How does the band’s writing process work?"
"We used to write altogether in a room with our instruments out, but in the past few years we’ve adopted a way of working on an idea, and sending it back and forth to each other. Sometimes we will get together and write as we record, collaborating together in the same space."
"Who designed your logo?"
"Conner Jones designed our logos, artwork, and a couple other upcoming designs. He’s really professional and great to work with."
"You have a music video on your Youtube page for the song “Alone”. Who shot that, where was it filmed and what is the premise behind it?"
"Brian “Bone” Thorburn shot the video, as well as edited and directed it. It was filmed at an abandoned property in Noblesville. The Idea was to recreate the desk from the album cover, and do some fire and eerie special effects."
"The EP “Exit Letters” was released a little over a year ago. Who did you record that with?"
We also recorded that with Bone!"
"How long did it take for the recording process?"
"It was about one or two full weeks of recording, but then a few months of producing the mix to get it just how we all wanted it."
"If you could chose one song to show someone that defines Glass Hands as a band sound wise, what song would you tell them to listen to?"
"As far as current releases go, ‘Alone’ would be the best thing to hear if you are a new listener. It sums up our metalcore side. If you want to hear some more of the variety in our sound I’d say listen to ‘In The Hands of A Broken Man’ which shows some more of the instrumental and melodic things we do."
"What did you find to be the most challenging thing about recording?"
"For us, the most challenging thing about recording is not getting too stuck on the way that things are in a song, because we end up changing a lot of things that we fall in love with. We struggle sometimes to stay open minded when we’re sold on an idea, but we’re pushing ourselves fix this."
"Where is the furthest place the band has had the opportunity to play?"
"We were able to play a few shows in Austin, Texas surrounding SXSW this past summer, and getting out that far away from home was so much fun. That’s the widest that we’ve spread our music by touring and we can’t wait to push the boundaries farther."
"Where is a place that the band has yet to have the chance of playing at that you would like to perform at?"
"We really want to get deeper into the mid-atlantic and southeast in the near future. We’re also excited to get to the west coast for the first time in our upcoming tours, hopefully getting to play at Chain Reaction."
"Are there any tour plans coming up?"
"We are currently planning some small tours for next summer, hopefully covering certain nearby regions week by week, roughly."
"What merchandise do you have available for fans to purchase?"
"We have shirts, CD’s, tickets, other stuff and new stuff coming soon all on our website! GlassHandsIN.com"
"What’s next for the band?"
"The next thing is to release some new music and tour on it heavily. We hope everyone likes what we have coming, and that they can show it to a friend. We want to make this our living so badly and we’re about to start pushing really hard in 2018. We can’t wait to get back out to Texas, hopefully hit some coasts and meet lots of new people!"
I highly recommend checking out Glass Hand's EP "Exit Letters", it's an EP that every metalcore lover would enjoy. I am super excited to see what happens next for this young up and coming band. These guys have worked hard and gotten so much accomplished in a short amount of time and still have room to grow. Thank you again to Adam Anderson for responding to my questions. I've learned a lot and cannot wait to hear more music and catch them at a show in the near future.
Glass Hands Is:
Adam Anderson - Vocals
Jon Iosue - Guitar
Jack Rainbolt - Guitar
Spencer Tillman - Bass/Vocals
Drew Johnson - Drums
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