In December of 2009 we got asked to join a bill with a band called Heliotropes
at Glasslands. That was our first time in the venue. We would go on to play there around a dozen more times over the years, including an album release party for our record, By the Neck
. But I remember having this feeling immediately after our first show there, that Glasslands was a big game changer for us. It was a misty cold night down there on Kent, and there weren’t even really that many people at the show. But it didn’t matter – I felt something different. That the people who came out to see shows at Glasslands were actually like-minded artists and true patrons of indie music, forward-thinking art, i.e., this was the first time I feel like we locked into a sense of community in Brooklyn – a “scene.” And Glasslands was indeed a real scene, in the most positive sense of that word. I don’t think there is a venue in New York that I personally spent more time in, from supporting friends bands, or going to see touring acts, or just stopping in to hang. The people behind Glasslands, from Popgun to prior, have been nothing but the kindest of souls to us, always true to their vision, and always promoting art over general money making, capitalistic entertainment.
There’s no doubt in my mind that as New York City morphs, other Glasslands’ will pop up – venues that actually care about music, run by artists who care about art – and I know that some already have. But for this humble guy who moved here hoping to bring a yet another pop-band into this city, Glasslands has been essential to my personal growth as an artist and musician. And in many ways, how Backwords has been able to stay afloat these past seven years, has a lot to do with this venue space.
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be playing one last show with Dragons of Zynth and Economy Punk, (Tues, Dec 23rd, 2014), in this magical space before its doors forever close.
Popgun and everyone involved with making Glasslands happen over these – thanks for all you have done – it is because of your efforts, people like you and spaces like yours, that New York City has an artistic, innovative, and creative soul.
Peace to All in 2015,
Brian & Backwords