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Interview with Victoria Cecilia
Words: Becca Nelson
Mogul Street Reserve, Vera Violets and Ladyfair
Saturday, April 25
Crowbar, Tampa FL
Gliss is Victoria Cecilia, Martin Klingman and Dave Reiss, who live in L.A. and have been in a band together since 2004. They just released their second full-length album, Devotion Implosion, and they play music Cecilia describes as “experimental fucked-up pop.” Gliss has toured with Smashing Pumpkins, the Raveonettes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and the Editors, and while that makes them pretty cool in their own right, they just think it’s awesome they got to watch their favorite bands play for free every night.
Gliss is a schizophrenic sort of band, in the best way possible. This is music for anyone that truly misses Mazzy Star, for the shameful few that harbor a secret crush on Courtney Love’s voice (hey, present company admittedly included), but wish she sang vocals for Interpol, or those of us that dream of a love-child conceived by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Velvet Underground.
The band is currently in the middle of a US tour promoting the new album, and I spoke to Cecilia from a tour bus somewhere between Chicago and Pittsburg. In a genius marketing move, Gliss has decided to intentionally label this a “budget conscious” tour, dropping their ticket prices and selling cheap-ass merch in an effort to fill the room no matter what.
“It definitely helps,” Cecilia admits, referring to the lower door price. “We’re selling our CDs for $5. But fifty or sixty percent of the people that show up are buying our CDs, or a t-shirt, or even vinyl. We just got our 12-inch shipped from the label like a week and a half ago, and people seem really into that. All of which is really good. Especially considering they can download our album for free online.”
The album is absolutely worth your pennies. Devotion Implosion, released in April on Rykodisk/Cordless Recordings, is a deliciously dirty, dark and messy “romp through the streets of L.A.”
“Our studio is right in downtown L.A.,” explains Cecilia, “in a very industrial area, and that makes a huge difference.”
Just as bands like Interpol and The Editors are quickly filed under “New York sound,” Gliss easily provides a soundtrack to the messy glam found in the underbelly of Los Angeles. But the reference is important to the band: they embrace their hometown, and they view it as integral to their project.
“What you do and where you live is always going to affect the way the music sounds. If you live in the middle of nowhere, your music will sound different than if you live in a big city.”
Beyond the dirt and grime, though, Devotion Implosion is a deftly composed work of indie rock-n-roll. The record is truly beautiful, offering up pleasantly distorted vocal lines (Cecilia and Klingman trade off the task) that muse on love and self-doubt, atop equally gorgeous melodies that mellow all that warm, fuzzy noise. This is pop, exactly as Cecilia terms it: experimental and fucked up.
The album opens with aptly titled “Morning Light,” a song that starts with accidental reverb, but quickly owns you with distorted guitar melodies floating atop a ’50s-pop bass and drum line, maybe what the Ronettes would sound like from six feet under. You can’t help but feel your heart swell listening to Cecilia moan about “morning light/in your heart,” and you can’t help but get agitated when this lovely girl-in-love moment is disrupted by a treble- and anxiety-heavy guitar lead, one which effectively drowns that moment of romance and renders you needing a drink and/or a one-night stand.
The next song, “29 Acts of Love,” sounds like what should have been the best song on Live through This. Courtney, Stevie, Gwen, eat your heart out. Oh, and that Blonde Redhead song, “23”? Lovely as it is, if it grew past its perpetual swooning mellowness, it might turn into this track. Without going into an equally intricate analysis of every song, let me just say this: the record is an amalgam of everything you love, but achieved without ego or intention.
And so goes the album, influences bouncing like a tipsy ping-pong ball from rock to pop to soul to electro and back.
“I do like black metal,” admits Cecilia (who originally hails from Denmark.) ”We all come from very different musical backgrounds. David grew up listening to a lot of blues, a lot of singer-songwriter stuff, and loves Ray Charles. I love metal, but it’s not all I listen to. I think one of the most exciting bands out there right now is The Kills.”
As a band, Gliss really loves music, apart from their own, and Cecilia is quick to rattle of a list of albums in constant rotation on the tour bus.
“We saw Babyshambles in London recently, and that was an amazing live show. We also love the Libertines, and the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs is really great. We’ve always loved Black Motor Rebel Motorcycle club … we’ve been so lucky to tour with bands we admire.”
Gliss performs this Saturday at Crowbar with local crowd pleasers Mogul Street Reserve. Also on the bill are Vera Violets and Ladyfair.
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