our earliest days, humans have desperately struggled to prove
themselves as refined, proper and advanced. Yet not one of us can deny
that carnal knowledge—one of our most basic instincts—is that which
truly compels us.
Regardless of money, etiquette or power, it defines us; keeps us as
animals writhing in the darkness, absorbing one another's energy,
sensations and passion. We long for primal essence and the liberating
purge of succumbing to pleasures of the flesh.
Such is the modus behind Montreal-based modern rock trio Glo and their
sophomore full-length On The Outside (Glo Music Group). Comprised of
vocalist/guitarist Rick Cordi, guitarist/keys Eddie Mazzola and drummer
Pat Rowan, Glo celebrate the sordid union of primeval grit with aural
pheromones resulting in lascivious musicality.
“It's dirtier...sexier and dirtier,” says Rick about On The Outside in
comparison to the band's eponymous debut album. “This album is as solid
as any modern rock effort because of the quality of the songwriting and
the music’s intensity.”
With lead single “Move Along,” taking over rock charts for a solid four
months—an accomplishment by any standards, let alone for a completely
autonomous band—and follow-up single “On The Outside” set for release,
Rick is right. This album is a decadent blast of sinful revelry.
Still, Eddie notes that despite a mastery of formative rock, Glo's
origins are incredibly humble. Answering an ad in a local newspaper led
the trio to instantly realize just how their creative aptitudes
congealed perfectly. Glo was born, forever changing the drive and
trajectory of these three minstrels.
“We found that instant chemistry. Things began flowing immediately,”
Eddie asserts about the band's earliest sessions, adding that the trio
have become a far more tangible affair with On The Outside. “I still
think that this is a far more accomplished version of the band, though.
We're tighter; more together so in many ways, this is the first honest
Glo album. The songs were born from the three of us working together.
It's distinctive now.”
The disparity of which Eddie speaks reveals itself to be amusingly
dichotomous. Although primary instinct is the elemental thrust of On The
Outside, the trio reveal themselves to be quite refined via classical
musical training, multi-instrumental capabilities and an embrace of
allowing Glo to blossom organically. This cultivation of musical
communication ensures On The Outside is more than a simplistically
barbaric experience. Subtle and warm yet tough and rugged, the album is
more of a libidinously sweaty commingling. And what exactly prompts such
“It's a mystery,” laughs Rick tauntingly. “The stuff we listen to has
nothing to with the music that comes out of us. Personally, I'm a fan of
Radiohead, Soundgarden and Foo Fighters. I'm not happy unless I can
hear the Chris Cornell coming out of myself. I always wanted to sing
like him. But when I sit down to write, it’s more of my pop influences
that come through. It's strange but it's what makes Glo so unique.”
Compounding On The Outside's matchless aural impact, the effort was
recorded/produced by Eddie and mixed by Paul Lani (Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Megadeth), a pairing that ensures the album's ardor, girth and
unyielding melodic prowess eternally manifests itself as On The Outside
ingrains itself in modern rock's legacy. To that extent, Rick is adamant
about not revealing what compels the band contextually, preferring to
leave opinions to the listener.
“Sometimes it's difficult to tell people what these songs are about when
they ask. I want that magic to retain itself; the people to figure out
what it means to them, not what I tell them it should mean. There's a
social awareness but most of it is about what happens in our immediate
lives around us. It's quite personal. Still, we always try to leave it
so the listener can interpret it in their own way. There's no chain to
connect it for people. They need to take it as they will.”
Regardless, as musical lovers, Glo ensure that whatever fans take away
from On The Outside will be something they hold indelibly endearing.
With genuine grace and humility, Pat asserts that the album is the sonic
result of this trio's heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears; every bit of
their primal essence delivered via a compassionate embrace.
“The level of creativity and quality of these songs speaks for itself.
We really work on these songs. It's not just about a cool riff and our
own goal. We work with what's best for the song. What can make it better
without losing that initial spark which started the whole idea. There
aren't any egos or ownership of the songs either. This is Glo and this
is where we're at.”
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