News•December 16, 2011 3:19 PM ET•8,600 views
Equal Vision signs Glass Cloud (ex-Of Mice & Men)
Official press release: Glass Cloud, featuring former Sky Eats Airplane and Of Mice & Men frontman Jerry Roush, has signed to Equal Vision Records and released a new video as part of their Glass Cloud TV YouTube channel. The in-studio recording update also reveals their complete lineup of Roush, 8-string guitarist Joshua Travis (ex-The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza), bassist Travis Sykes and drummer Chad Hasty. The Hampton, VA-based band is currently in San Diego, CA recording their debut album at Lambesis Studios, with Joshua Travis producing the record. Glass Cloud will release the full-length album in late Spring/early Summer 2012. Musically, Glass Cloud offers a sense of controlled chaos fueled by Roush's deep, ferocious growls and distinct, gritty cleans. Travis' phenomenal guitarwork and ability to constantly surprise listeners stands out as he displays the perfect balance between energetic, driving intricacies and calmer progressions that carry a dark, eerie tone. Sykes and Hasty, who met one another as students at Berkley College of Music in Boston, MA, rule the rhythm section contributing unique cadences and swinging, jazzy grooves interlaced with softer symphonic touches. Glass Cloud shines as the members deliver some of their heaviest and most technical compositions to date. "The collective musicianship and talent level in this band is unbelievable," explains Travis. "…and to top it off, the guys are all down-to-earth people too. Working on this record has been a lot of fun. We are trying to introduce something organic and ambient into heavy music. Not the typical breakdown heavy, but darker chords upon layers and layers." Roush also boasts unabashedly about the remarkable caliber of musical proficiency within the band, and specifically about the creative connection between himself and Travis stating, "From the moment he became involved in this band, he was sending me fully finished tracks left and right, songs that were blowing my mind. Musically, Josh is a beast…the dude is a musical machine. We meshed so well, right from the start, making tracks that had no limits to them. I couldn't have asked for a better and more prolific guitarist to accompany me in this new musical endeavor. And with Josh being the producer of the debut Glass Cloud record, we know that we are making the exact album that we want to make." "We have been working intensely in the studio, but it will definitely pay off when we introduce something new and fresh to the scene," Travis concludes. "I don't think I could be more excited about a project." Glass Cloud will spend 2012 on the road supporting their forthcoming album, with tour dates to be announced soon.
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