by Dan Goldin (@post_trash_)
St. Louis’ Glued have spent the past few years becoming one of the Midwest’s most exciting bands. Having released a string of increasingly great EPs, including last year’s Insides, released via Sooper Records, the quartet’s songs are dense and unpredictable, shifting when least expected. While those EPs were all exceptional in short bursts, Glued are set to release Cool Evil, their full length debut, on March 1st via Born Yesterday Records (Landowner, Drool). They’ve pulled back the fuzz and reverb that coated so much of their prior work, and every knotted guitar convulsion and snapped rhythm can be heard in clarity, the band sounding better than ever as the atmosphere crumbles around them.
“Used To It,” the album’s first single is anxious and menacing, a deep dive into the post-punk and progressive world Glued have made their own. Led by drummer/vocalist Chelsi Webster, the song takes a sarcastically apathetic tone to the apathy all around us. Opening with “will somebody do something? We never heed the call,” and spilling out from there, the band answer with the repetition of the hook, “but I should get used to it.” Complacency kills and Glued know it, there’s a cynical bent to their lyrical hopelessness. As always with Glued, their instrumentals speak as loudly as the vocals, the song opening with a hypnotic pulse and a muted sidewinding guitar line, their tangled visions as brilliant as any.
3/02 - St. Louis @ El Leñador (Album Release Show) w/ Shell of a Shell & Body Leash
3/13 - Chicago @ Empty Bottle
3/14 - Kalamazoo @ Mute City
3/15 - Rochester
3/16 - Western Mass @ Red Cross
3/17 - Boston @ Dorchester Arts Project
3/18 - NYC
3/19 - New Brunswick @ In The West
3/20 - Philly
3/21 - Columbus
3/22 - Nashville @ darkmttr
3/23 - Carbondale @ The Swamp