When it comes to explanations for what exactly Glaare has done this time around, we need not look much further than the name of the album itself.
Your Hellbound Heart, just like the book it’s named after, is the embodiment of pleasure granted to someone after a time of extreme torture. Its relation to the 80's classic movie Helllraiser, as well as countless other nostalgic stories involving familiar metaphors of life journeys, is most certainly not by accident either. Don’t be fooled by its synth heavy dance introduction. Behind the relentless party your face off, drive faster ‘till you crash tracks is anything but a story about a good time. This album is the perfect representation of what would have been running through Sarah Conner’s head while she did chin-ups in the looney bin. Waiting for the day that she gets her revenge on a world that’s gaslighting her.
In fact, one of the songs is none other than “T2”in honor of the apocalyptic cautionary tale.
The process for these California natives has always been no process at all. They firmly believe in letting the album write itself and just submit to what it wants as though it is an entity in and of itself that demands from its members the way a dictator would.
If their first album To Deaf and Day was the aftermath of when your heart breaks, then its successor is the aftermath of when your mind breaks
With the 2017 release of their debut LP To Deaf & Day Glaare garnered both critical praise and swift ascent to their place in the LA darkwave pantheon. The record’s split release between a boutique domestic label and believed European indie label, Weyrd Son, won Glaare a devoted following both at home and internationally.
Founding members Brandon (Ancestors, Buried at Sea, Black Mare, Soft Kill) and Rachael, an experienced vocalist who spent her formative years demoing pop songs for major labels form the central songwriting core. They are joined by Rex (Black Math Horseman, Animato) and Marisa (Wax Idols, Bizou) on guitar, bass, synth, percussion and backing vocals respectively.
Glaare has shared the stage with Clay Rendering, Second Still, Fearing, Ceremony and more. Their sophomore LP Your Hellbound Heart is out April 30 via Weyrd Son. Cherry picking the best elements of darkwave, dream pop and goth-rock, Glaare's singular approach has made them stand out in the LA post-punk / darkwave scene that birthed them.
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