Soaking in the success of their recently released debut album, ‘Wellspring’, InVogue Records rookies, Glass Houses, are out to make it known that their ambition leaks into their live show attendees veins as the gang riles up a hurricane in the crowd. Shaping and shifting inside, Glass Houses takes listeners on a journey of metalcore aggression shaped by boundless lessons learned. I caught up with the guys to discuss their debut album, being signed on InVogue Records, tattoos and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Glass Houses?
Glass Houses is fear, hate, love, and joy. Through our music, we are able to speak beyond our tongues. Don’t get me wrong, as individuals our composure is unquestionable. Our music allows us to take a step back from the spotlight our lives shine and step into an entirely new light. A light which sees more than our physical persons and tugs at who we are as humans. We are five musicians who want to show others that they can do the same. You are nothing more or less than you believe you are.
Congrats on the recent release of your debut album, ‘Wellspring’. Tell us about the recording process and your experience bringing the album to life.
Thank you. ‘Wellspring’ was recorded in Bay City, Michigan with producer Josh Schroeder. He really allowed us to put a lot of emotion into the album and we couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.
Have all of the band members known each other for quite some time? How did Glass Houses come together?
Tanner and myself had been playing music together since high school. Throughout the years we have undergone numerous lineup and musical changes. We came across our current members from other bands in the region and became what we are today.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite pieces and the artists behind them.
The vast majority of my work has been done by an extremely talented artist named Simeon Nelson. He co-owns and operates Alchemist Tattoo in Bismarck, North Dakota. My right arm is a neo-traditional story of life and struggle. My left arm is a darker influenced tribute to death. It’s a little funny because our album Wellspring follows a similar theme. I guess I’m constantly dealing with the coalesced ups and downs of life. My right foot is the SS Victoria which is the first ship to ever circumnavigate the globe, while my left is a giant shark with his mouth toward the ship. When I put my feet together, the message becomes pretty clear. My right rib is a deer, reminiscent of one that almost took my father’s life as a kid. My left rib is a dapper looking Satan, kind of a play on always having the devil on my side. It’s tough to decide on a favorite piece but I can say that I am a bigger fan of the darker themed left side of my body.
Our guitar player Rob has a half sleeve which was also done by Simeon. He has a Koi fish and an Oni mask. And our drummer David’s favorite ink is a Zelda Majora’s mask piece on his arm. It was done by Moose at Olde Town Tattoo in St. Cloud Minnesota.
Any particular highlights that you have experienced at a live show that you’d like to share?
There is no feeling like seeing the crowd get into your music. Whether it be jumping/moshing or just smiling and enjoying the music, it doesn’t go unnoticed by us. I tend to get a bit carried away and usually end the night with a few scars.
If you could go on tour with three musicians/bands, who would you choose and why?
This is a tough question since we all have pretty diverse music taste. Personally, my dream is to tour with Slipknot. I think musically it’s safe to say we would all love to tour with Linkin Park or Bring Me the Horizon.
Give us an example of how your lives have changed ever since being signed to InVogue records?
For the first time, I feel as if we actually have support. Not only from our label, who is always in our corner, but from friends and family who finally see the potential music has in our lives.
For those who have never experienced Glass Houses live, what can they expect?
You can expect us to come in and go out swinging. I actually love this question because I’m pretty convinced that I am going to die on stage, and I would be fine with that.
Do all of your band members share a similar taste in music or is there a wide variety of influences amongst the band?
We are pretty diverse, which I am learning more and more from this current tour. With that being said, we all get down to a lot of the same stuff as well.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
To anyone who has given us a chance, whether that be streaming a single song or purchasing the entire album, thank you. I cannot express how much your support has meant to us.