Birmingham’s Cut Glass Kings rhythmic home recordings provide a meditative soundtrack to restless dreams and an ode to a haunted, wayward soul lost on their own road to nowhere.
Press play and recline. With melting vocals over distorted guitars, Cut Glass Kings produce an effortless three and a half minutes of escapism on ‘Drifter’. Released on Friday 20 November 2015 on Skeleton Key Records, the first single from the band acclaimed by The Coral’s James and Ian Skelly is a gently swirling force of psych splendour.
‘Drifter’ follows a formula for smokey, atmospheric guitar music. Deliberately analogue, parts of the track were recorded on cassette and the rough edges accentuated in the studio to create a sound that feels like a familiar embrace from a corrupted soul. Evoking the drone-rock, melodic psychedelia of Tame Impala, The Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre, the band owe as much to The Beatles and classics of British blues and rock as admired artists that span continental divides.
Hailing from Stourbridge in the West Midlands and made up of Paul Cross (guitar, keys & vocals) Richard Foster (bass & backing vocals) Greg McMurray (drums & backing vocals), Cut Glass Kings are a reincarnation, a combination of all of their shared influences and a former band that they shared, loved and let go. Their debut release on Skeleton Key furthers the label owners and producers, the Skelly brothers’ belief that the band’s visceral live performances, whether in isolation or as supports to The Sundowners and ex-label mates, Blossoms, can be matched in the studio.