Thomas Alva Edison gets a lot of cred for inventing modern essentials. Likewise, Phillip Glass is well known for composing modern masterpieces. Less known are the numerous failures and scrapped projects of the two geniuses. While ultimately their contributions are highly lauded, it's perhaps more amazing that they didn't just say "to hell with it". I mean, inventing the light bulb had to have been a little frustrating.
In much the same way, it's notable that the four-piece rock band, Edison Glass, has stayed its course throughout its nearly ten years. In an age where flavor-of-the-week bands come and go and the term "indefinite hiatus" signals us to move on to the next big thing, Edison Glass is a rare creature. This is because they actually have a fan-base. While many indie bands tend to rely on sensational stunts and "shock effects" to sell records, Edison Glass has built a tremendous following around their music. Imagine that.
Members Joshua Silverberg (singer/guitar), brothers Joe (drums) and Mountain (singer/bass) Morin, and James Usher (guitar) have encountered nearly every VH1 Behind The Music plot. Still, the childhood friends scoff at these antics. Despite living on the road with $10 a day, or the often-nasty interpersonal dynamics, or creative differences, or a less than stunning turnout in some Podunk town, the members of Edison Glass just enjoy playing music. They love their band. They have a ton of people who care about what they do, so none of those little things even matter.
It's also compelling that a band of early twenty-somethings already has a box-set's worth of material. The band has put out three albums and a few EPs on their own, one LP and one EP for Credential Recordings, A Burn Or A Shiver (Brad Wood) and Let Go, respectively.
Time Is Fiction is the band's latest LP, scheduled for a Feb. 5th release, and it completely rocks. For this one, they put their vast recording knowledge to work, co-producing the album with Nashville vet Nathan Dantzler. The band's more-intimate-than-usual involvement in creating the album removes the filter that often arises when a producer is put in complete control of the final product. What you hear isn't some third party opinion of this band--it's the band's very own presentation of their work... a DIY effort that reflects the quartet's raw energy and emotion, void of any post-production tricks to soften the blow or make it more radio friendly. No further explanation needed...