Brighton-based band Glass Sines are an exciting group of four who saw great reaction to debut single 'Connected', but are now moving on to promote their second single 'Got It Good'.
Speaking to the members of the group, we got the chance to find out about their sound, inspirations, future plans and more - read on to find out what they had to say.
For those who haven't yet heard your music, how best would you describe your sound?
Ian: This is always a tough one, mmm, let's go with Electronic Indie Pop, with a Classical twist.
Tom: Yeah I'll go with that, Electronic Indie Pop - I like it.
Can you tell us a little bit about how the four of you came together to form Glass Sines?
Ian: Tom and I met in a call centre we both worked at when I moved to Brighton about 10 years ago. We got on well and started working together on some music shortly after.
Tom: I've known Sam since school and Kate all her life as she's my younger sister. Ian and I started recording the acoustic guitar with the synths and drums machines. It sounded good so we began writing some of our early tracks. We then get my sister in who's a classically trained violinist and also needed something extra and got Sam in whose electric guitar gave it more depth we needed. I've been writing songs all my life and playing with multiple different bands. Meeting Ian was the first time we started to play with electronic drums along with synths.
Ian: Yeah it's working well.
Where do you draw influence or inspiration from for your work?
Tom: I've always loved the Britpop era and guitar music. However, since I met Ian a long time ago I love the endless variety of sounds that you can produce through synthesis. Inspiration can come from anything, hearing a new track or something that happens in your life, it just comes.
Sam: Personally I pull from 60s rock and roll with bands like the Stones and Pink Floyd, as well as 90s Indie and Britpop bands. Oasis, Stone Roses etc.
Ian: We all have our different musical influences and you can hear this throughout our music but personally I love my Electronic music, drum machines, synthesis and reptition. I've absorbed, admired and appreciated many genres but for me it will always come back to that 4/4 kick!
What is it about the world of music that you love and drew you to chasing a career in this industry?
Tom: Well, we all love music, and me and my sister have been playing together since we were 10-years-old. I think it was always gonna be the case.
Ian: For me music is everything, listening, creating, writing, recording, playing, sharing - it's the power it has and the emotion it can evoke on so many levels, without it... well, let's not go there!
New single 'Got It Good' is out December 11 - what should we expect from this track?
Ian: It's a nice one, slower than the typically upbeat tracks, but with a strong chugging beat, warm synth driven bass all soaked in Kate's violin and Tom's emotive vocal.
Sam: It's a song that takes you on a journey, with lots of layers that build up to a grand crescendo.
Kate: This track is one of my favourites and the first time I heard it, I knew I was going to love playing it. I think it's got something about it that everyone can relate to in some way.
Why did this song become the one you wanted to release as a single?
Tom: 'Connected', our first single was one of the upbeat ones, which we wanted first off. It doesn't however have any violin in the track, and therefore doesn't really represent our true sound. There's bits in 'Got It Good' that really show the best of everyone so we were keen to get this out.
Ian: Yeah that's it, we also wanted to show the nice slower side of the band with this track, make a slick video and deliver some variety.
Sam: Because in my opinion, it's our best song to-date.
Debut single 'Connected' came out in August, how did you find the response to that track?
Ian: It was good, the launch show was amazing and people liked the video, but not as big a response as we're getting from 'Got It Good' - this is going down really well.
Tom: Yeah it was great - the track serves more of a niche market, whilst 'Got It Good' has a wider appeal, and we're getting that vibe already from the response.
If you could work with anybody going forward on a collaborative track or piece of music, who would you choose and why?
Ian: I would like to work with Underworld, I've always loved their work, their energy - be great to put a nice driving 10 minute track down with them.
Sam: I would love to work with Noel Gallagher, he writes anthemic tunes. I'd also love to hame a jam with Dave Gilmour too for obvious reasons.
Kate: Bonobo or Jon Hopkins, I love their music, it would be great to work with them.
Tom: Mr Noel Gallagher. Absolute hero - did Sam say Noel? To be fair I think he'd like to work with me over Sam?
Do you have any definitive aims or goals for your career going forward?
Ian: Finish the album and continue to write and record, play live more and press forward.
Tom: Finish this album, then take over the world.
Ian: Tom's standard response.
Where do you hope to be by this time next year career-wise?
Ian: It would be good to have had a great response to the album and a string of decent live dates and festivals under our belt.
Sam: Just have to see where the wind blows. I try not to set rigid goals but rather see where life takes us.
Tom: Album's smashed it and we've just blown everyone away at festivals.
New single 'Got It Good' is officially available for download from December 11.