Glossary’s latest LP Feral Fire was released February 2nd on Lucero’s Liberty and Lament label. Glossary has toured with the Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Two Cow Garage, Slobberbone, Drag the River, and Centro-Matic. And each of those bands has fawned over them. Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage sang about Glossary on their latest record, “Humble Narrator” (his “friends from Tennessee”). Patterson Hood has called them his “new favorite band that nobody knows about.” Centro-Matic’s Matt Pence produced Feral Fire. Lucero’s new pedal steel guitarist, Todd Beene sings and plays guitar in Glossary. AND, it was Twangville Readers Pick of the Week last week. If all this doesn’t convince, I give up. Just listen to Feral Fire anyway.
I think in their heart of hearts Glossary really just wants to be a power-pop band. Yes, they are little obsessed with country…. and R&B…. and weeping pedal steel. They are that kind of power-pop band, sounding like the Rolling Stones covering Big Star, Jay Farrar singing Otis Redding, or Cheap Trick doing Gram Parsons. None of those comparisons, really get at their sound though. They’re as distinctive as The Band, managing to explore each facet of American music without sounding derivative. They make rock music, but you hear soul and country. They make pop music, but don’t hold your breath waiting for it on the radio. This is Americana music.
My favorites so far are “Save Your Money for the Weekend” and “No Guarantee”, but the whole record is strong. Two of the numbers feature Todd Beene (newly minted Lucero member) on lead vocals, including the beatific closer “Hope and Peril”. You can check out more from Glossary here, including tour dates with Lucero throughout the southeast.
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