How did you guys all meet and when did you know you had something with the band?
We all met in highschool, and we spent most of our late childhood playing music together. I think we recognized that we had something special pretty early on, even before we had settled on a band name.
Something about playing together just clicked. That was undeniable.
Where does the name come from?
Funny story: the name comes from an actual location in Jamestown, VA. It’s the name of the Northern terminus of the Jamestown Ferry. On the day of our first gig, we still didn’t have a band name. So, we figured that we would try finding a name by repeatedly hitting Wikipedia’s “random article” button. Eventually, we stumbled upon “Glass House Point,” and it just stuck. But aside from the silly story, the name does hold a lot of symbolic value for us, and it reflects a lot about our sound.
Describe playing small shows and growing as a musician into where you are now?
For us, small shows (and shows in general) are really the pinnacle of our band. Most of our shows are in small clubs that fit about 300-400 people. Playing to a crowd like that just feels so incredibly personal. Every moment is equally unique and vulnerable. There is nothing more intimate than playing in small clubs; nothing.
I see you will be in Charlotte in August, have you ever played here before? If so … How was it?
We’ve played NC a few times, but never Charlotte. We’ve always really loved the Carolina’s, the landscape is beautiful and the people are very receptive to good music. We are looking forward to coming back.
Who are some of your influences then and now?
We are influenced by bands like Bombay Bicycle Club, From Indian Lakes, & Half Moon Run. These bands just have an incredible sense of musicianship, and it’s really inspired us to work a lot of intricacies into our own sound.
What’s the song writing process like?
Generally, I (Dylan Graham, Vocalist) come to the guys with a song, chord structure, melodies, lyrics, and then the rest of the band begins jamming it out and making adjustments. For our most recent record, we really took our time with the songs, and a lot of them took weeks (and even months) to fully develop. We are lucky in that our entire band has a really good grasp of reflecting themes in music. So with every critique and change we make to a song, it becomes more and more reflective of a deeper meaning.
What’s your favorite tour story?
One time, we were playing a show in Charleston, SC, and the venue had promised us free lodging at their “rustic bunk house.” After the show, we got some directions and headed up to the house to crash. We followed a dark road through the forest and were surprised to find some very, very creepy trailer homes and a single, one-room house with a light flickering on and off inside. It looked like it was straight out of a horror movie. None of the guys wanted to stay there because it was so creepy, but I did because we were broke. We ended up getting a hotel that night. ~ Dylan Graham
Talk to me about your new music and plans for the back half of 2017?
Our new music really stands apart from anything else that is being done right now. We’ve made a real effort to carry our style into some unexplored corners of indie music. Although some of the stuff we are doing is a bit different, it is definitely palatable for all audiences. We made sure to make something that could connect with everyone, not just a specific demographic.
For the back half of 2017, we plan to do a few more tours and just enjoy ourselves. We’ve been grinding so unbelievably hard, and it’s finally time for us to share our hard work with others. Essentially, you can expect some great new music, new content, and a Glass House Point show in your hometown this year.