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When asked how she would describe the Glass Cavalry's music, keyboard player and vocalist Katie Lindhorst says, "That's always the toughest question because there's so much going on. To put it simply, it's synth-pop indie-rock. A lot of the Middle Class Fashion's pop leaks in from my side. Grant used to do a lot of alt-rock and Shannon is very indie. A bit of each of combines in what we do."
Clad in black and with well-groomed coifs, the group gleefully stomps through its original song, "Black Disaster," in a new music video that debuts today on RFT Music, a veritable insurgency of synchronized rock guitars, foundational keyboards and drumming, and duel vocal harmonization.
The Glass Cavalry released its first EP in March 2011, and on the cusp of the new year, has a lot of exciting news to share. Before the ball drops on 2014, the band will drop a new single and welcomes a new fifth member, Cullen O'Donnell of LOGOS, on guitar and vocals.
Lindhorst recounts how the group originally formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2010 through a combination of what she describes as the notorious three ways that bands meet: a coffeehouse, a girlfriend and Craigslist. After moving back to most of its members' hometown of St. Louis, the band has played clubs all over town and shows no signs of slowing.
The group draws influence from its collective favorites, including everything from Metric and Third Eye Blind to the Wombats and the Naked and Famous. Songwriter Grant Barnum, an English major, tells personal stories with his words. Recent lyrics highlight the group's collective experiences moving back to St. Louis and that things that happened since they got there, says Lindhorst.
The Glass Cavalry will release a new single online on New Year's Eve, but fans can get a sneak peek download card by attending its show at Plush on December 28. Expect a new three-song EP out this spring. Listen to its full-length, Burn and Void, on the Glass Cavalry's Bandcamp page and check out the exclusive debut music video for track, "Black Disaster," below.
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