Meet Glamour Assassins, a New Haven based band that draws its sound from modern indie, dance punk, 80s new wave and synth pop. The Glamour Assassins debut album, “Ain’t So Young, is available now. Prepare to dance as soon as you start listening to these high-energy tracks.
People say we sound like….
High-energy new wave-indie rock. The Cure, The Clash, Talking Heads, The Killers. Dance beats, edgy guitars, synthesizers. Anthemic vocals. Or something like that. Give it a listen and decide for yourself.
Tell us about the scene in Connecticut….
Since it falls between Boston and New York City, the Connecticut scene often gets ignored – especially when it comes to an indie rock scene. But there is a vibrant, innovative group of bands making a name for themselves here. Local artists we’ve played with such as Mission Zero, If Jesus Had Machine Guns, Brighter Than a Thousand Suns, Jose Oyola & the Astronauts, Chaser Eight and others are in my opinion as good if not better as any band from a major city. You can make great music anywhere, and I think Glamour Assassins and these Connecticut bands are proof of that.
What music has influenced your sound?
A little of everything. You can hear influences ranging from Bright Eyes to Devo. But especially dance-inspired new wave-indie punk-type music. But we are really strict about making sure we don’t limit our influences or possible inspirations.
Tell us about your live show…
We always seek to elevate our music live, which we do through our musicianship and a punk-inspired level of energy. While our debut album Ain’t So Young is a strong representation of what we’re all about, you need to see us live to really see our music come to life.
What influences you lyrically?
We write about what’s real, the desires and struggles we face every day. The highs and lows and everything in between. Real life and real emotion.
Best concert I’ve ever seen…
It’s a very close call, but Muse was mind-blowingly good.
If you could travel back in time for music, what year would you go to and who would you see?
1975 in New York City, when groups like Blondie, the Talking Heads, Television and the Ramones were an institution at CBGB’s. It probably sounds more glamorous in hindsight than it actually was, but whatever. You never appreciate what you have sometimes until it’s gone.
What are you listening to today?
Right this minute? The RAC (Remix Artist Collective) album Strangers, and in particular the song “Repeating Motion.” If you’ve ever felt trapped by the routine of your life, you need to listen to this song immediately. The lyric deeply and universally resonates.
If you could open for any band or artist today, who would it be and why?
Probably Arcade Fire. That level of innovation and attention to detail is stunning, and the craftsmanship that goes into every song is nothing short of inspiring. And their live show is really intense and dynamic without being over the top.
If you could bring only one album on a tour/bus/plane, what would it be?
Wow, that’s tough. Sandinista or London Calling maybe? Pick an Arcade Fire album. Any of the Raveonettes’ last three records. Others too. That’s a brutal question.
When you’re not playing and have some time off, where would we find you?
We’re all either working full-time or furthering our education, which provides us the resources to continue pursuing music. Free time is hard to find, but it’s worth it.
What do you have coming up in 2015/2016?
We released our debut Ain’t So Young a few months ago and are continuing to perform throughout the East Coast. We’re also writing new music with the hopes of releasing more songs or another album next year, and hope 2016 will see us continue to expand our fan base and bring our music to an even broader audience nationwide. We hope you’ll give us a listen and maybe even pick up our new album at glamourassassins.bandcamp.com.