The Hawai’i-based band takes it back to their roots on their newest album.
While their 2020 album, Coastin’, had a bit more of an electronic influence on their reggae-fusion, this newest album strips that away. Instead, it has the nostalgic feeling of the rock-reggae fusion first heard in Hotting Up, released in 2015. For anyone else who is missing the summer heat and freedom as the season changes, this album is the perfect way to keep that energy up.
While the album is full of the grooviest of vibes, the second track, “Can’t Look Back” is one of the stronger pieces. The repeating of the choppy guitar associated with their reggae sounds under the intense guitar and brass of rock perfectly encapsulates the energy they are trying to create. The titular track is another great song, with fun harmonies and an exciting storyline that takes us through a trip (in more ways than one) in Mexico gone bizarre. If you’re interested in bands like Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong, check out the new album!
With the new album, they are also going on a headlining tour of the U.S. While their tour started in Las Vegas the day the album came out, they are making their way to the DMV area in early November. First, they are playing The Fillmore Silver Springs in Silver Springs, Maryland on November 4th. A few days later, on November 7th, they will be in Richmond, Virginia, playing at The National. The shows both come with support from Artikal Sound System and Cydeways. You can get tickets and more information regarding their tour here.
Percy Sampson, New Orleans born and Virginia bred, is finishing up their time at University of Mary Washington, where they are double majoring in English and Theatre. A passionate writer, they spend most of their free time working on (mostly horror) scripts and short stories.
When D.C. venues were ready to reopen after COVID-19, indie pop duo GLOSSER was ready to perform. The two, Riley Fanning and Corbin Sheehan, formed the band pre-COVID out of a shared aesthetic vision and passion for music storytelling.
Their first album *DOWNER* was released in January 2023, however they have decided to release a [__deluxe version__](https://open.spotify.com/album/0KLORhtj3ohV4FtbdjoKu5?si=iNZX9fiZSm2M6V8pRdBkow) exactly one year later containing four new tracks – two remixes, a reimagined song, and a cover – that they are hoping will give it a second life and allow them to continue performing around the area.
The band explains that they have spent many shows opening for touring bands that traveled through D.C. “We made music and then venues started to open again,” Sheehan says. Rather than having the “typical grungy” D.C. band experience, they uniquely went straight to club shows.