Glide: Open Up and Croon (1995), Disappear Here (1996), Shrikwrapped Real Thing (1997)
As a prelude, I know it’s a hard sell to encourage anybody to investigate music they are entirely unfamiliar with, even if it’s offered *ahem* for “free,” but to anyone who has checked out my previous posts, even so much as one album or single, trust me when I say that Glide are an absolute must listen. I’d probably start with Disappear Here, and go from there but read on… (Please note this is not the same Glide associated with Will Seargent's UK group of the same name).Complete unknowns in North America, and virtual unknowns in their native Australia, Sydney's Glide dispensed bittersweet ruminations of love and angst in the form of incredibly melodic and thoughtful guitar-rock songs that have yet to be replicated since their all-too-brief ‘90s tenure. The untimely 1999 death of charismatic front-man William Arthur short-circuited Glide’s career, but not without leaving behind an impressive body of work that has ostensibly languished out-of-print for close to a decade now.
Glide took their cues from ‘80s American indie-rock, and less obviously availed themselves to a handful suave Brit-pop maneuvers. Despite these touchstones, this phenomenal Aussie quartet yielded something that was unmistakably of their own creation. There’s a certain depth and heaviness to their songs that shine through consistently, but even their most gripping moments never succumb to maudlin or melodramatic trappings. With Arthur’s lyrical acumen and his band’s impressive sonic salvos, Glide melded it all together with a sophistication that defined their sound, and ultimately, their legacy. This band’s catalog is nothing short of astounding.
Open Up and Croon, Glide’s debut full length is the raw, toughened yin to Disappear Here’s bittersweet, reflective yang. Texturally the albums are different, but not entirely disparate. The formers lead-off title cut is a bitter piss-take, aimed squarely at the protagonists romantic rival. The song is somewhat unrepresentative of the remainder of the album, but ultimately Croon gradually segues into mellower, but no less angst-ridden motifs.I feel guilty for suggesting that as good as Glide’s debut was, Arthur didn’t really hit his stride until the following Disappear Here, but there is some truth to that notion. The intensity and fervor is still present as it ever was, however when Glide ease the reigns ever so slightly (i.e. pile on some choice ballads) the end result is that much more rewarding. The melancholic, yet totally appreciable “What Do I Know?,” “Hole in the Middle,” and “Tangled,” bare a minimum of two colossal hooks, just one of which would prop up some other sorry suckers entire album.
Shinkwrapped Real Thing gathers up a myriad of early ep tracks, with much of the material on par with Glide’s proper albums. A posthumous Glide album of new, unreleased songs, Last, was released in 2000 in conjunction with the band’s official website. A full discography and catalog of “available” Glide CDs are provided, but the site has seen no updates since it’s inception seven years ago, I wouldn’t hold your breath when whipping out your Mastercard. Glide’s Myspace page has a bevy of useful info, and the usual obligatory songs. If anyone is interested, I have a superb compilation of Glide b-sides and radio sessions I can upload.
Open Up and Croon (1995, Hypnotized Records) 01-Open Up and Croon 02-Why You Asking? 03-Something 04-Line 05-Pitch and Sway 06-He Sees a Way 07-Dead Weight Beauty 08-Spin Doctor 09-Caterwaul 10-Spit You Up 11-Tripped Up and Stalled 12-Picking at Your Paws
Disappear Here (1996 Shock Records) 01-You Were Always More Than A Trick To Me, Ray 02-What Do I Know? 03-Two Wrists 04-Tangled 05-Wrapped In Fingers 06-Here She Comes 07-Surfaced Euphoric 08-To Your Side 09-Hole in the Middle 10-Ripped and Stripped 11-Cradlesong
Shrinkwrapped Real Thing (1997 Hypnotized) 01-Something Of Me Inside 02-Not So You'll Wake Him 03-16 Years To Life 04-Turn My Life Out 05-Water Falls 06-Thin Faced Man 07-One More Mistake 08-Worlds Away 09-Wake 10-Your Time 11-Dream Of Sammy 12-Scary Pale 13-Bug
I've decided it wouldn't be too smart to host these disks anymore, now that they've been made available on iTunes. From what I understand some physical copies might be available through Glide's website. Go here for all the pertinent details and links. If you're encountering Glide for the first time, check out the handful of tunes they have streaming on their page, or go with the 30 second clips on iTunes linked above!