On February 13 (Galentine’s Day for you Parks & Rec fans), Glossary will hit The Basement as part of their 2013 Winter Tour! They’ll be there along with Telegraph Canyon and Brother Hawk in support of their latest album Long Live All Of Us.
Member Todd Beene, also of Lucero, chatted about the record to TBB.
How’d the rural environment in Rockvale influence your sound on Long Live All of Us?
If it was up to me, we’d never do it any other way. It’s been that way on almost all of our records. When you’re really intensely working on a record, you’ve got sound coming into your ear-holes constantly and you get fatigued eventually. Being out in a rural setting gives you the chance to step outside, walk a little ways, and get quiet. It’s really easy to give yourself a break, and shoot BB guns. I think that’s the main influence. With Long Live All Of Us, the house we recorded in was very literally in between a Church and a busted meth house. The meth house had police tape all around it. Being in the middle there was so perfect since the duality of life in the South is something that’s been in our songs for so long and there we were with it right up in our faces every day. Early in the process when we were looking for places to record and Joey told me about this house’s location, my reaction was kind of “Cool, makes sense.”
How was it making such an upbeat record?
When the subject matter is hopeful, fun, and positive, it really makes it easy to get into the headspace of the record right away. It kind of takes the pressure off when making something that’s totally devoid of irony or forced style and just being able to enjoy it honestly. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard work and every day “at the office” wasn’t bouncing around making pandas crap sunshine into the computer. But the situation we set up for ourselves made it easy to just stop for the day and get away if it wasn’t happening or wasn’t feeling right.
Of all the tracks off Long Live All of Us, what do you love to perform live?
From my own individual perspective, probably “Keep It Coming.” I love playing that song because I get to butcher Steve Cropper, play harmony parts with Joey, and sing “baby!” Also, there’s no guitar solo, which means I’m not spacing out during part of the song thinking “Alright, so what the hell am I going to do for this solo … mmmmkay the Big Muff kind of sounds like shit tonight … I should really put tape on those knobs … but the Timmy got knocked down and I don’t think I have time to reach down and fix it … I should really put tape on those knobs … is that guy seriously texting in the front row right now? I’m gonna get all up in his shit when this solo starts … dammit it already started.”
What’s in the year ahead for Glossary?
Well, we finish up this West coast tour in February, head towards Austin for SXSW in March, then fly to Europe for the month of April. Then we hope to get started working a new record. Speaking of Europe, we just signed a deal with Xtra Mile to release Long Live All Of Us in UK/Europe on April 15th. We couldn’t be happier!
Wed. Feb. 13 GLOSSARY w/ Telegraph Canyon, Brother Hawk
1245 Glenwood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA (404) 622-8686 $8 / $10 18+
The phrase “Long Live All of Us” is the title of Glossary’s seventh full-length album, but it’s also meant as an all-inclusive homage to humanity. Frontman Joey Kneiser says, in light of all the bad things happening in the world, the band just wanted to make a positive record.
Long Live All of Us allowed the band from Murfreesboro, TN to take their influences farther than ever before, adding piano, haunting pedal steel, R&B-influenced horns and more to their own style of romanticized rock & roll. The songs are well-intentioned narratives that emphasize the great attributes of mankind — mercy, redemption, forgiveness and second chances.
Over a period of one month, the band transformed a house in rural Rockvale, Tennessee, into a recording studio and self-produced Long Live All of Us with friend and engineer Mikey Allred. The setting, joked Kneiser, would have fit perfectly into a Glossary song. The house was sandwiched between a church and a condemned meth lab, which was still wrapped in police tape.
Previous records — like 2010’s Feral Fire on Lucero’s Liberty & Lament label — were all recorded in 10 days or less, and were made to have a live feel. For the first time ever, the band had the luxury of time on its side.
“That’s the rock & roll dream…to live in a house and write and record together all day,” says Kneiser. “It allowed us a chance to experiment, and if you really wanted to do something you could take the time to make it happen. It was really one of the greatest creative experiences that I’ve ever had.”
The result is a hodgepodge of American music, similar to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street or the Clash’s London Calling — records that spanned many different musical genres. For example, Long Live All of Us switches from a Gospel-influenced song to a hopping, R&B-styled groove, and then to a crawling, country-tinged ballad and on to a soulful, up-tempo rock song. Jim Spake (Al Green, Alex Chilton, John Hiatt, Lucero … so many more) and Nahshon Benford (Snowglobe, Lucero) both from Memphis added horns on several tracks, including jaunty, Stax-like rhythmic horns on “A Shoulder to Cry On” and a lyrical baritone sax solo on “Under the Barking Moon.”
“In the end,” Kneiser says, “when everything around us is constantly reminding us of what we’re doing wrong, we just wanted to remind us of what we’re doing right.”
“The best thing that we have going as human beings is each other,” he says.
Glossary is Bingham Barnes (bass), Kelly Kneiser (vocals, percussion), Joey Kneiser (vocals and guitar) , Todd Beene (pedal steel, guitar, vocals) and Eric Giles (drums).
The New Theatre in the Square Marietta is Back and Better Than Ever!
Three years ago one of my favorite local theaters took their final bow and closed up shop. Ever since I can I remember, I loved going to see performances at the Theatre on the Square in the beautiful Marietta Square. I can remember going to see some great Christmas shows with my parents and one of my favorites, the “1940’s Radio Hour”. Ahhh, the memories. But, it was all over in 2012.
Three years have come and gone and I spent two of those years in Boston and one in Florida, so imagine my delight to come back to Atlanta to find that the Theatre on the Square was revamped and ready to amaze again with great local talent.
We took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Roxanne Johnson of the Theatre and ask her a few questions.
TBB: We are so excited that the beloved Theatre in the Square in Marietta is making it’s glorious comeback. Tell me about this revival, who is involved and what we can expect?
Roxanne: It was more than heart breaking to the community as a whole to see Theatre in the Square close up shop in 2012. Immediately seeing huge potential Raul Thomas; Executive Chef, Film Maker and avid supporter of all the arts, took over the theatre in September of this year. From the community he hand picked a team of top notch creative and business professionals. We all quickly went to bring this sacred space back to it’s former glory.
Wanting to court previous supporters of the theatre we offer through our resident company standards and favorites of the community. There will also be more contemporary entertainment offered as well as concerts and comedy and other events. The former green room has now been transformed into a small film and photography studio.
The studio is available to the community. As well as classes for children and adults. We are already working closely with Marietta Middle School and Kennesaw State University. The ultimate goal is creating a multi-cultural center bringing entertainment and education to the area through art and theatre.
Information regarding what is currently running and what is coming up for us, as well as purchasing tickets can be found on our website HERE.
After the 1st of the year we will be offering season tickets, flex tickets and reserved seating.
Ho Ho Ho Steve-O? Holiday Laughs with Steve-O at the Improv Atlanta
Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) has become a household name over the last two decades. Famous for his cringe worthy stunts on MTV’s Jackass and WildBoyz, he is never shy and always up for a challenge! Steve-O is coming to Atlanta this week to perform at the Improv Atlanta 12/3 – 12/5 so get ready for holiday cheer, Steve- O style!
We asked Steve-O a few questions, you can read his answers below:
TBB:First of all, since you are coming to Atlanta this week, tell us what your favorite thing about Atlanta is. Also, do you plan to visit anywhere other than the Improv while in town? Ever heard of the Clermont Lounge? ;)
Steve-O: It was July 4th the last time I was in Atlanta, and I had a great time taping big fireworks to my skateboard and blowing them up while I rode around a skatepark. That was a really wild time. Next week I go to jail for the crane-climbing stunt I did earlier this year in Los Angeles, so this weekend I’ll be sure to enjoy my last days of freedom roaming around Atlanta. I’m sure the Clermont Lounge is awesome, but I think I’m going to skip that spot this weekend.
TBB: The Clermont just might be a little too much for you Steve-O!
Kurtis Blow and the Hip Hop Nutcracker
A holiday mash-up for the entire family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker, a contemporary work set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music, embarks on an international tour on the strength of last December’s sold-out performances of the world premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and United Palace of Cultural Arts (UPCA) in New York City. The Hip Hop Nutcracker will make a stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre Saturday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m.
The Hip Hop Nutcracker is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of the all-female hip-hop crew Decadancetheatre in Brooklyn. It is adapted to today’s New York by Mike Fitelson, executive director of UPCA – the work’s original producer – and includes hip-hop interludes remixed and reimagined by DJ Boo and violinist Filip Pogády.
For its stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 28, The Hip Hop Nutcracker features special guest MC Kurtis Blow, one of the founders and creators of recorded rap music.
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