Eric Albenze - Co-Founder and Lead Guitarst for Glass Alice
How'd you get started in music?
I bought an old piece of shit no name guitar off my neighbor, I am left handed but the guitar was right handed. i was so facinated and annoyed that i couldn't get it to sound like Motley Crue. I would spend hours every night trying to learn new songs that i heard on the radio, it was so hard but i couldn't quit. i would literally play until my fingers hurt so bad that i had to put it down, even when i put it down for a few days i would spend those days at the smoke shop buying Guitar Tab magazines, and was just blown away that musicians fingers could pull off some of the leads i was looking at, which made me want to learn it even more. I am always trying new techniques not just on guitar now but recording, editing, mixing our songs. When we got called to record with legendary producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Black Crowes) I had recorded our demo myself. Mike and I did all the instruments ourselves. But that's what defined our sound. I uploaded our demo to iTunes and Spotify, and a few months later we got a call from Jim Wirt's assistant that Jim heard us on Spotify and wanted to produce our next EP. So we did, we recorded twice with Jim so Far, our next songs are getting mixed and mastered right now and will be released soon.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
my first infuence was Motley Crue, Metallica, then came the grunge scene and i was hooked. I loved Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins. Seems a lot of people miss that scene, a lot of our fans compare us to that 90's grunge scene. Which we love, because to me, that was a great time for music. Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. You just don't see bands like that anymore, I think that's where we carry the torch.
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Be original. Think way outside the box. Don't get too techical. Technologies great. but if it's used too much then you lose the essence of music. you ever hear a song on a cd, then you hear that song live and it sucks? usually because some bands rely way to heavily on effects, auto-tune and all that bullshit. Keep it simple and create catchy melodies. Look at the classics, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Beatles. They pretty much used a 4 track recorder and the songs still sound great. Today you can have unlimted tracks all the effects at your finger tips. but it doesn't mean you have to use all of that.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
One thing I love about Glass Alice, is we all come from different backgrounds. When we write our songs, each memeber has the freedom to create and play their own notes into the song. And I've played with a lot of muscians, bands. Never have i had a group like this where we just all click on that same level. that really is a rare thing to find. And we are just getting warmed up. We have been greating great feedback from fans, even other bands we have played out with are like "where did you guys come from" because we spend almost 2 years just writing and recording ourselves defining our sound. Then we came out playing. So we kind of blindside people with our sound. We haven't had to call any venues to book a show, they have been calling us. Same with bands local and out of state ask us if we can play out with them. And we set ourselves apart by playing our music and our songs, and being able to stand on own with our original music is what i am most proud of. and like i said wait til you hear whats coming next for Glass Alice!
Any new gigs or albums in the futureWe just finished recording with legendary producer Jim Wirt the songs are currently being mastered and we will be releasing these new songs soon in a very special and unique way. I can't wait to anounce it, but i can't say anything yet! lol.. We just finished playing all summer and fall. Our last show of 2019 was at Stella's Music Lounge in Cleveland, OH. We are now focused on these new songs we just recorded with Jim Wirt and getting ready to launch our new single. I'll have the date and more information in the next few weeks when we get them back from mastering. In the meantime, check out our songs recorded by Jim Wirt on our website www.glassalice.com or facebook at @glassaliceband. We are also on iTunes, Spotify
Part 4 is on the way soon so stay tuned & stay awesome & I'll catch you on the flipside!