You might know NYC indie group Bear Hands by their single “Giants” that dropped two years ago, or their most recent “2 AM.” The indie group has been all over alternative radio lately and has become pretty notable since the release of “Giants.” While the band started in 2006, this song that really put them on the radar. Now the band is proving they’re beyond a one hit wonder, and that they’re here to stay.
The band released their latest album You’ll Pay For This recently this year in April, and just premiered a music video for the single, “Boss.” You can check out the premiere here.
The band played High Dive, one of the largest venues in Gainesville with an 800 person capacity, in 2014 and they made their return a few weeks ago. Their Ft. Lauderdale show, which they played in conjunction with FOALS (also a wonderful band) had just sold out and if that doesn’t scream greatness, well I’m not sure what does. To see the band evolve and grow into larger audiences, festivals, and having multiple singles on the radio has certainly been a journey, but to watch an act grow in this way is such a privilege and truly, an intimate experience for both fans and the band themselves.
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Before The 1975 became the aesthetically pleasing, stadium filling band we know them as today, they were something completely unexpected.
Formed in 2002, the band has spent nearly a decade developing their sound. My find of the week were songs recorded by the band before they made it big. The tracks are pop-punk masterpieces that bring to mind Taking Back Sunday’s Tell All Your Friends and would be right at home on Warped Tour in the mid-2000s. The most amazing thing about these tracks are that they feature the same bandmembers that make up The 1975 of today.
Here are 10 of their best songs under the monikers Drive Like I Do and B I G S L E E P. These include tracks lost to time, a few old favorites (featuring a killer version of “Robbers”), and even a Fall Out Boy cover.
What do you think of The 1975’s evolution? I wish both versions of the band could still exist. Leave a comment below or tweet us @euterpesvoice and discuss!
In 2014, Tyler Glenn came out. Known for his role as Neon Trees’ charismatic frontman, he was suddenly thrust into an entirely different kind of limelight: being an openly gay Mormon.
Despite The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ previous progressive views on LGBT members, they recently announced that marrying a person of the same sex would be grounds for excommunication. More than thirty young LGBT Mormons have reportedly committed suicide as a result of these policy changes.
Before coming out, Glenn himself had contemplated ending his life.
Despite his past hopes to be an ambassador for LGBT Mormons, the recent changes have made that impossible. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he stated, “My entire life and perspective on God, the afterlife, morals and values, my self-worth and my born sexual orientation has been wired within the framework of this religion that doesn’t have a place for me.”
Glenn fights back with his new single, “Trash,” and it’s a far cry from the light-hearted dance pop we are used to hearing from him. Even the most solemn of Neon Trees songs lack the darkness and bite of this single. It’s born of a man rewriting his identity, and it serves as a beacon of hope for those suffering while trying to find a balance between their faith and who they are.
One man’s trash may be another man’s treasure, and Tyler Glenn is definitely a treasure in our eyes.
Listen to “Trash” below, and if you’re in the Los Angeles area, be sure to support Glenn’s first solo appearance on Monday the 9th at the Fonda Theatre.