Glenn Morrow (Rage to Live, Bar/None Records) preps first LP in decades (listen to “Comfort Zone”)
Glenn Morrow is the founder/owner of Hoboken, NJ’s Bar/None Records, which over the years has released albums by They Might Be Giants, Yo La Tengo, Freedy Johnston, Of Montreal, Ezra Furman, and is the current home of The Feelies, Happyness, R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner, and Overlake. He also makes music himself, having been a part of ’80s bands The Individuals, and Rage to Live (whose 1986 debut was Bar/None’s first release.)
He’s got a new combo, Glenn Morrow’s Cry for Help, who will release their debut LP — and Glenn’s first record in decades — on June 23 via Rhyme & Reason Records (and not Bar/None). The first single, “Comfort Zone,” finds Glenn and his band reaching back to the early ’70s on a sonic level while singing about a guy who lost his records, “from T to Z — that means XTC, Yo La Tengo and the Velvet Underground” and imploring folks to stretch out. The germ of the song is based on a true story, as Glenn tells us:
I had the chord changes and chorus for ‘Comfort Zone’ before I realized what it was about. A local poet Danny Schott said something to me one day about the notion that one thought they would have time later in life to hang out with old friends but then everyone moves away. That got me thinking about Hurricane Sandy. My hometown of Hoboken, NJ was hit really hard. The streets in half the town were flooded. Our local recording studio was under water. People moved away including many musicians who had lived in inexpensive basement apartments. My lawyer (Matthew Kaplan) lost the bottom shelf of his massive record collection. Not exactly the pain and suffering New Orleans went though after Katrina but Sandy did shake up our community,
“Comfort Zone” premieres in this post and you can listen to it below.