Could you tell
us what are you currently up to?
We have just released the new album but hope to record a follow up the end of
the summer if possible, It's still hard to know how the rest of the year will
pan out but it should be good!
Could you take us through the songs on the new album 'Yesterday, Today and
The first two tunes written were "That Line" and "One of us" . The chorus riff
in "That line" was out of another tune that I wrote and Tony took it and rewrote
the rest of the tune. "One of us" originally had my Lyrics and Tony rewrote them
but kept the chorus I'm very proud of the riff in it.
As Tony wrote the
words on these I'm not exactly sure what they are about!! Davy wrote "Innocent
Eyes" and we reworked it between us and made it into what it is now, I'm not
sure what that's really about either!
"Knockout" is a
tune I wrote about the famous fight "The rumble in the Jungle" with Muhammad
Ali. "Jack Strong" is a tune that I wrote when I came back from Nashville last
year and is about a bar room brawl. It wasn't intended for Glyder as I've been
writing other stuff too but we gave it the Glyder treatment and it fits in nice!
"Make a Change" is
a song Tony co-wrote with Pete. It's about frustration giving all you've got and
not getting a lot back in return, I guess that's the story of a lot of bands and
"Back to the
Water" is a Tony Composition, about childhood memories, its a grower of a song
and I'm enjoying playing it live. "The bitter end" is a tune about an old school
friend of mine that died as a result of drugs. It's bitter sweet sounding and
some people say it sounds a little like the Manic Street Preachers, I guess
that's the feel of it.
"Always the Loser"
is an amalgamation of some of Pete's riffs and some of mine and Tony and I wrote
a verse each. It has a shuffle feel and is like something you might have heard
on our first album.
The title track is
a tune I wrote about where we are from and our heritage and ancestry and how it
leads us to our destiny.
"Time to Fly" is a
proggy number I wrote and is about having confidence and about being positive.
"All you've Done"
is written by Pete and its about someone who is looking after people who are
near death and how it affects them.
composed by Pete and is a really moving piece of music, It reminds me of Ennio
Morricone and all those old Clint Eastwood classic westerns.
You toured with Y&T. How cool was it to get Y&T's Dave Meniketti to guest on
the album? Did he record his parts with the band or via the internet/email?
Yes, Y&T are a great bunch of people, we are very honoured to have Dave
Meniketti on the album, He recorded his part at his own studio and emailed it to
us. It amazing what technology can do now.
How did the album launch night go?
The launch was fantastic and we played the whole of the new album as well as the
best of the first two albums and EP after. I guess its the last time some of
those songs will ever be played live. We now have a big repertoire of songs to
choose from and some songs work better in a live situation than others.
Like the late, great Thin Lizzy the band are not afraid to try new musical
avenues, for example this album has more keyboards than the previous two albums.
Do the band
keep looking for new musical ideas and is there any chance of more epic songs
maybe in the future like 'Weather The Storm' of the EP of the same name?
That's the way I've always felt about Glyder, we are the sort of band than can
really do what we like. We have a broad range of influences and we all like
different types of music aside from the Classic rock stuff so its nice to
incorporate those ideas in.
We have a keyboard
player for some gigs and now for recording. John Mulrooney is his name and he is
one of the most sought after keyboards players in Ireland.
As well as being a
fantastic musician he is a sound guy and a total rocker which is unusual for
keyboard players. I like epic stuff and would love someday to do an album that
is just one big piece of music with a theme.
How did the band hook-up with SPV? What plans have they got for the album and
do you think they can help you break into mainland Europe more given their
reputation in Germany etc.
I sent them a few songs from the album and they loved them so they signed
us...simple as that!!
They are working
hard at promoting us and we are very excited about getting out in Europe. I
guess we have been one of those bands that have had to fend for ourselves.
Some bands start
off with boutique managers and people of influence behind them, we have always
run a tight ship and that has allowed us to survive in the industry but it is
more difficult to get attention and good tours that way but I've always been
confident we are a great band and have something great to offer.
We now have
management based in Sweden and are focusing our attention on Europe. It's hard
in the UK and I think the UK is too caught up in what bands look like rather
than what they sound like...
I mean when
someone like Geoff Barton says in Classic Rock mag we are dated what can you
do!!! I'm not worried, we are busy here in Ireland working as musicians either
writing or performing, filling in with other bands or whatever so we are
starting to get along nicely so we will keep pushing Glyder until it breaks
through and we will keep our ship tight and stay afloat!
Are there any other newer bands out there who have impressed you?
Yeah there are lots of classic rock style bands in Ireland. Of course there is
The Answer, Jaded Sun, Stormzone and Million Dollar Reload but there are loads
of other great ones too.
Bandwagon who have an amazing talented guitarist/singer Phil Edgar and a band
called Saviours Of Sin who will be great in time and there is a healthy scene
especially in Northern Ireland where there is a top class venue called "The
Diamond Bar" run by Derwin McFarland. He is doing a lot to cultivate a great
scene by running a club that gives quality hard rock acts a place to play to
Have you seen an upswing in the interest in metal and rock over the past
couple of years? Has the internet helped get your music out there or in some
ways e.g. illegal downloads has it made matters worse?
Yes of course and I guess we are part of all that as the web allows people to
enjoy all styles of music. Before you had to buy magazines etc to keep up with
things but now you just go online and find out what you like and decide for
download debate is very complex. While the net has allowed bands to be heard its
hard to get through everything to find something good and of course if there is
something good it can easily be got for free.
But technology has
allowed bands to make proper release albums that are sonically better than what
came out in the 80's for a fraction of the price.
The days of rich
coke snortin, hard living rockstars are gone. The only ones that will survive
are the ones that are willing to work hard and make good music and have
something to offer and engage their supporters. the more you interact the more
chance people will buy your CD rather than download it.
It's hard to
interact with hundreds of people but if you keep regular updates on facebook and
myspace etc. I find Facebook a much better way to interact than myspace and I'm
working at getting as many of our supporters there and I'im on it regularly and
am interacting with folks.