The Glitch Mob Announce Tour & Debut Album Release the Sea


The Glitch Mob
Selling out major venues from coast to coast simply by word of mouth, The Glitch Mob has become a festival favorite, rocking crowds from Lollapalooza to Red Rocks to upcoming key slots at Coachella and Ultra with their visceral, innovative performances. "Pairing the richness and headiness of the best dance music with the head-nodding backbeats of hip-hop, they only aim to move you, and they by and large succeed," raved the Los Angeles Times. And this spring, the L.A.-based trio embarks on their first full nationwide tour in support of The Glitch Mob's debut album release Drink The Sea, due May 25 on the band's own Glass Air label.

Drink The Sea represents The Glitch Mob's transformation up from the underground into a more widescreen vision: from the cryptic cover art (courtesy Sonny Kay, famed for his work with Mars Volta) to the kaleidoscopic dimension of the music inside, Drink The Sea evokes a voyage into the unexpected—including sonic waters previously unexplored by the band itself.

Indeed, Drink The Sea is closer to an atmospheric soundscape journey like Dark Side Of The Moon — if only that Pink Floyd classic was as furiously rhythmic. While Drink The Sea attains power and heaviness, it does so on its own idiosyncratic terms, proving as much or more of a headphone masterpiece than straight dancefloor burner. Throughout the album, Boreta, Ma, and Mayer artfully craft new, futuristic sounds that take influence from numerous genres, but land in none. For one, there are the Kodo-like drums, skittering percussion, and disembodied voices evoking Fever Ray and Sigur Ros that haunt songs like "Dream Within A Dream" and "Bad Wings." Elsewhere, songs like "We Swarm" funk into the unknown with string bass runs, live snares and undulating sunrise synths before unleashing an all-out rhythmic attack. The album's sole full vocal track, meanwhile features the singer Swan, who recently appeared on Eskmo and Eprom's recently released split single on Warp; however, in keeping with Drink The Sea's vanguard spirit, The Glitch Mob aggressively manipulates Swan's dreamlike tones to become another instrument, another texture in the album's constantly shifting, prismatic palette.

XLR8R says this about their first single 'Drive It Like You Stole It' "If this track is anything, it's an anthem. Amidst a trademark head-nodding beat heavy slap, a number of synths vie for the forefront position – like a team of buglers announcing the coming of the beat scene’s heroes-before giving way to an arsenal of heavy percussion."

Click here to download "Drive It Like You Stole It."

Drink The Sea, meanwhile, remains a key piece of the puzzle, but not the only one: the group's live show is where The Glitch Mob experience truly comes together. "A super-group live show that would make Daft Punk proud. (They can count Bjork as a fan, who was spotted at one of their recent shows at The Roxy in Los Angeles)," 944 Magazine noted. One of the hardest-touring bands working today in electronic music, The Glitch Mob has drawn sell out crowds whether on headlining jaunts in key U.S. cities or high-profile support slots for the likes of The Prodigy and Pendulum (with whom they recently completed an extensive U.K. tour). On the upcoming nationwide tour, The Glitch Mob will be fusing the new material with extensive, never-before-experienced musical and visual production that pushes technology, sound and performance to new levels. "We've always wanted our live show to be as interactive and intense as possible — more of a band experience than dudes just hiding behind their laptops," Boreta says. "Either on stage or on record, what we do has to be totally immersive, and this new show really is. If you can't lose yourself in every aspect of it, it's not The Glitch Mob.”

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[Published on: 3/26/10]

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