“It’s kind of funny that Zach and I both sang in our emo bands in high school,” said Dallas Kelley, guitarist of the local post-rock band Glories, “and now neither of us sing in this band.”
In fact, no one sings in Glories. The band is entirely instrumental, with Kelley and Zach Cooner both playing guitar, Kyle Posten on bass and Adam Blevins in charge of drums and percussion.
All of the band members have grown up intimately involved with the Birmingham music scene: Kelley, Posten and Cooner met each other playing local shows with their high school bands in the late 2000s, and Blevins and Kelley played together in a short-lived band in 2009. When that group broke up, Blevins and Kelley recruited Zach and started Glories in 2011. Posten, who also plays bass with the Birmingham band Looksy, joined Glories in October of 2015. So far the band has released two albums, 2013’s Mother Reverb and 2014’s Put the Beast Out of Mind.
Though his current band’s music is about as far as you can get from the “emo” of his high-school band, Kelley says that conveying strong feelings through the songs is still very important to the music of Glories. “Growing up listening to bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky and even Sigur Rós, to an extent, forces you to reassess the possibilities of making music wherein vocals aren’t a part of the equation or the lyrics don’t really matter as far as conveying an emotion,” he explained. “We view it as a challenge for us to use musical themes and melodies almost as lyrics/vocals for our songs.”
The band is currently busy working on their third LP record, which will be their first release in over two years. The latest album has been a long time in the making; the band began writing music for the record last November and recording began in earnest in January.
Though Glories recorded their previous two records at Ol Elegante in Homewood, the band members have decided to take what Kelley calls “the DIY route” this time. Instead of having all the band members come together in the studio for recordings, each musician records his own part, in his own home, at his own time. Kelley said the bass parts have been completed and that the band is about halfway through finishing the tracking guitars.
“It’s nice to have the luxury of working at our own pace,” he said. “It has been very beneficial to be able to experiment with sounds or different parts and not thinking ‘Oh, we shouldn’t try this because we are on the clock, wasting money,’ like you would in a proper studio.”
The band members will work individually until they come together for the mixing phase, and Kelley says he expects the as-yet-unnamed record to be released in either September or October of this year.
Though the band is focused first and foremost on completing the record, Kelley mentioned they have tentatively talked about doing an experimental music video to complement the new album’s release. “We have tossed around the idea of doing some sort of live performance utilizing multiple phones for cameras,” Kelley said. “We don’t really have a budget for stuff like that, so we would probably just do it ourselves.”
The band is also looking forward to getting back to playing the live shows. After more than a year away from the stage, the band took a break from recording to open for the Waxahatchee show in early June. “We actually weren’t going to play any shows until the album was finished, but when Bowery South contacted us about opening for Waxahatchee at Saturn, we thought the opportunity was too good to pass up. We are glad we did because the show had a great turnout and it was really cool to play that room, opening for local legends,” Kelley said. “We plan on playing lots more shows after the record is complete.”