We had the good fortune of connecting with The Glass and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi The, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I think artists work best when they have the freedom to be open to the moment. As musicians, when we allow ourselves permission to put aside everything else and be truly free in those moments, we build a connection with an audience that gives them permission to come on the journey with us. It’s central to the attitude of this band and our music. It is what makes us strives us to challenge ourselves as musicians and storytellers, and to build an emotional connection with our audience.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our strength is our diversity. Houston is one the country’s most diverse cities and The Glass certainly reflects that. We all bring a unique perspective and background to our music. We have members in our band from four different counties (American, Venezuela, Mexico and Russia) and speak three different languages. Our lyrics are in Spanish but we are as influenced by American indie or British art-rock as we are by the Rock en Espanol artist that came before us. We hope that creates something that is soulful and universal.
Last year we released the single, “Vasos de Cristal”, as a kind of love letter to everything we missed during the pandemic and were able to use fan-submitted videos. It allowed us to use our video to have a conversation with our community. The result “created something that reflected the emotions and needs of both artist and audience, giving life to the project,” according to Chile’s Publicacion Agencia Mas.
We are so excited to begin recording our next full length album in May of 2021. The pandemic gave us a new perspective on the power of music and gave us the opportunity to reflect on that with some of the most powerful writing we’ve shone yet. We can not wait to share these songs and doing what we do best-connecting to an audience through live performance.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I guess that would depend on who was coming. Houston doesn’t have the prestige that comes to mind with some other “tourist” cities. Houston’s appeal is a little more subtle, We all know Houston as a food city, but we also have an amazing theater district, a museum district, art scene, symphony and ballet. We are one of the most culturally diverse cities in the country. There is something here for anyone that comes to visit from authentic Irish Pubs to world-class shopping to professional sports to the nightlife of Washington or Montrose. Houston combines everything you would want from a major metropolitan city with Southern hospitality all with the multiculturalism of The United Nations.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We are so lucky to be a part of Houston’s Rock en Espanol community. It’s such an honor to be able to share bills with so many talented musicians, writers and performers. To be in the company with them makes us want to play better. Of course, the community stretches beyond the musicians. The people who come out time and time again to support the scene are nothing short of spectacular. If you go to any show you will see the same faces to support all the artist and share so much love with all of us. Special recognition has to go to Lupe Olivarez. We look at him as The Godfather of Houston Spanish rock and his tireless efforts to make Houston a more artistic and communal city is something that is an inspiration to us all.