Posted in music on July 25, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Every good band evolves of course, and A Sunny Day in Glasgow have progressed from being an airy shoegaze band whose songs sometime floated by without anyone taking notice to a pop band with shoegaze roots with songs that capture your attention. Previously the vocals mostly consisted of a lot of sighing, but that has been drastically changed. Singers Anne Fredrickson and Jen Goma with their strong, passionate vocals power the band and are its focal point.That review is from A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Seattle stop on their current tour supporting terrific new album, Sea When Absent. That tour hits NYC on Saturday (7/26) at Baby's All Right with Ice Choir, and Jason Bartell also on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
The Crocodile's back bar was full for this early show on one of the sunniest and hottest days of the year. For the opening band Oh! Pears the garage door was up, keeping the place relatively cool. Unfortunately they pulled the door closed before the start of A Sunny Day In Glasgow causing the mercury to rise in the packed room (the pizza oven in the back didn't help either). No matter, the band incorporated tribal rhythms, washes of guitars, subdued electronics and earnest and soulful vocals to send breezy waves of pleasure out into the room nearly making forget the beads of sweat. - [Finest Kiss]
Ice Choir not only open for the band, they also remixed the new album's lead single "Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)," turning the song from glitchy shoegaze into more pure synthpop. In doing so, Jen Goma's powerful pipes are driven to the forefront. It's a dramatic transformation and you can stream it below. That track is from an EP that's being released in the UK titled No Death that features two unreleased songs and three remixes.
Remaining tour dates, the EP tracklist, cover art and Ice Choir remix stream, below...
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - No Death EP tracklist
1. Almost Like Emotion (The Drop)
2. I'll Be Signal (Sad Songs)
3. Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End) - Ice Choir Remix
4. Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites) - The Buddy System Remix
5. In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing) - Fang Island Remix
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - 2014 Tour Dates
07/25 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
07/26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby's All Right
07/27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's