words & interview by tom johnson
We’ve had a long and loving relationship with Gleemer here, covering each of their releases from the site’s early incarnations and even releasing their Holyland USA LP via our short-lived tape label back in 2014. Synonymous with the values we’ve always tried to promote, the Colorado collective continue to fly somewhat under the radar while continuously releasing records and songs that shape our day, that travel with us, change with us, challenge us; songs that resonate a mood and atmosphere that immediately plucks you out of your own surroundings, lifting you somewhere else entirely, deep in shady, moonlit landscapes that simmer and glisten and wrap themselves around the listener. But enough about us.
New album ‘Anymore’, their first since 2015’s Moving Away, is suitably and spectacularly engrossing, a subtle evolution of their sound. With the band now sitting as a tight four-piece, the new record has a dizzying sense of time and space, perhaps sounding more tightly wound and considered than ever before. Led, as ever, by Corey Coffman’s grazed lead vocal, the new record is Gleemer at their bruised best, those signature layered guitars just about underpinning every second of the album’s sprawl. Indicative of the wholly enrapturing noise they craft, latest track Come Down is a formidable three-minutes, the punchy instrumentation meeting a sympathetic vocal that shifts in form and temperature throughout, like the shadows of overpassing clouds.
As the album is finally released, we’re very pleased to share the track’s new video with you today, alongside a new interview with Coffman, which you can find a little further down the page. Raw and cryptic, the new video makes for a cinematic and beautifully compelling accompaniment to the track, not so much a counter-balance as a furthering of Gleemer’s ambiguous, implacable nuances.
Check out the video and interview below right now; you can also stream the album in full at the bottom of the feature, and buy the whole thing here.
Welcome back! How does the November ’17 version of Gleemer compare to the one that made ‘Moving Away’ back in 2015?
Thanks! The band has grown a lot since then. Charlie and I’s relationship has developed quite a bit as the lineup shifted around and our songwriting together has grown more expressive. I believe my intentions with the band have always remained the same since I started it in 2013 – to make music that I like – but we’re able to say things in a nuanced way that I never could on my own.
When did the Anymore record begin to take place, and what informed the early days of its existence?
This record started forming in fall of 2015 actually. Moving Away was completed and I had a little bit of down-time, so I started writing again just to see what popped out. It was nice to write so far ahead of the curve because it alleviated the pressure of creating. I love to write the things when I’m not considering any opinion on it but my own. It’s a delicate thing to pay attention to what moves you, but it’s so sick when you can latch on to it.
Do you start each record with an idea of what you want to achieve?
I’d like to say that I do, but not really. Honestly, the concepts of Gleemer records kind of reveal themselves as we write them. As long as we don’t force anything and only stick with what moves us, it ends up being a well thought out album.
All of your records (and songs for that matter) have a deep, signature sense of atmosphere. How important is that to you and how do you work on finding the right mood?
That’s so cool to hear and an awesome compliment, so thank you! It’s probably the single most important thing to me across all of Gleemer’s releases. I really want it to maintain its honesty. If it moves me then it’s right and we believe in it.
Is their a lyrical narrative to this new record? If so, what would it be/where does it come from?
There is to a degree. I’ve spoken about it a bit, but I’m still sort of figuring it out myself. “Anymore” really is about the complexity of emotions you feel in regards to things changing. Apologies if this sounds trite, but often times what’s best for you can come with a bitter sting, and what’s worst for you might, in the moment, feel great. We tried to capture this vibe through the perspective of various relationships throughout the album. Lyrically it all alludes to specific events that might ring true with one person more than another, and musically it washes back-and-forth between intensity and calm. It all funnels down to the end of the album, where you’re kind of left off where you started, but that’s really how it feels to be alive sometimes.
The world has been a pretty wild place since the release of your last record – has that unsteadiness seeped in to your music at all?
It truly has. I don’t think that anything in particular has informed the sound of the band, though, obviously some of what you see today saddens me on a personal level. I like to think of our songs as a place to really get alone with yourself and while my own involvement in the world isn’t limited to that, the band sort of serves it’s own purpose in that spectrum. It has to maintain its course of honesty in emotion.
Buy ‘Anymore’ here
11/30 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
12/01 Brooklyn, NY @ Night Bazaar *
12/02 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
12/03 Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom *
12/05 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Fun House *
12/06 Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s *
12/07 Lansing, MI @ The Loft *
12/08 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen *
12/10 Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre *
12/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill *
12/13 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
12/15 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
12/16 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater *
12/18 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder *
12/19 Dallas, TX @ The Dirty 30 *
12/20 Houston, TX @ Walter’s *
12/22 Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge *
12/23 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
* w/ Hundredth, Spotlights, Tennis System