“Music is all about occupying space” says Glendenning guitarist Tim Sweeney. “Whether it’s notes in a song or a bunch of people packed into a van for three months, it’s all about space.”
And space is exactly what you’ll have to give them. A six piece band based out of Chicago, Glendenning has exploded onto the local music scene with a ferocity that manifests itself in their sound. Ranging from melancholy to melodic; from searing to soothing their musical style is a unique amalgam of indie, folk and mainstream kick-you-in-the-chest rock that is sure to get even the most stubborn of toes tapping.
“We all listen to different stuff and have different tastes in music” explains Aubrey Mears, the group’s violinist “but almost all of us are classically trained musicians.”
“Yeah,” adds Andrew Skibicki “and we’re all friends so we’re pretty tight both on and off the stage.”
Suzuki books aside, this band of brothers (and one sister) draws on their diverse influences and talents to deliver a refreshingly unique sonic assault.
“I don’t like playing the mandolin the way you’re supposed to” says Joe Tiberio. “We’ll walk on stage and people see the violin and mandolin and expect a folk band to start playing,” he explains. “While we have been influenced by that genre we are definitely not a traditional folk band. Our sets are usually pretty loud and very energetic.”
And that energy is conveyed in their raucous live shows.
“When we play we want the audience to have an experience,” explains drummer Bob Paus. “There is no greater compliment a band can get than to see their fans sweating, voices lost from singing louder than we they are and just having an awesome time.”
“Ummm yeah, it’s kind of like a really big party” laughs front man Jake Duffy. “We like what we do and we have fun but we also take it pretty seriously at the same time” he adds. “We’ll play anywhere, anytime and with anyone. Our work ethic is pretty up there, ya know? Live shows are definitely what we do best.”