Kneiser finds balance in solo project

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Joey Kneiser

It’s been said one of the best spots is in the middle between two poles.

Whether it be pleasure and pain, hot and cold or dark and light, the latter is what Glossary’s front man Joey Kneiser opted for on his latest release, “Moonlight for the Graveyard Heart.”

“I wanted something that felt dark without being macabre,” Kneiser said about his approach for recording his new solo work. “There needed to be a spark of hope even in the desperate of places.”

Glossary’s last record, “Long Live All of Us,” primarily focused on uplifting the brighter points of life in down times, while Kneiser’s new EP steps out for a new venture.

The five-track EP is made up of a collection of narratives and short stories in songs like “Born With a Black Eye” and “St. Christopher.”

“I wanted it to be darker, but not depressing,” Kneiser said.

“I liked the title and had it in my head the whole time. The last Glossary album was optimistic. I’ve been going through this phase where I’ve listened to some early Tom Waits albums,” Kneiser added about the project’s title.

At first listen, you will hear some new sounds like mandolin and accordion along with familiar spacey noises that were laced in the last Glossary album.

Similar to his 2010 release, "All Night Bedroom Revival", Kneiser wrote, performed and recorded all tracks by himself at home in Murfreesboro.

“These were all recently recorded. I’ve had time between tours when I’m home, and I have to keep busy,” Kneiser hinted about the recording.

“I’m really into recording and have a little studio in my house. I’ve always wanted to do something where I could play everything. I’ve had the time, and I’m here so I wanted to make something a little darker,” he said.

Kneiser doesn’t have much planned for solo shows at the moment, but he assures that Glossary will be back in full force in next year.

Murfreesboro’s homegrown band will exit the state in January for a West Coast tour that will land them in California and north to Washington and Alaska.

A Nashville date will more than likely be thrown in the mix, as well as South by Southwest and European dates.

After this span, Kneiser said he plans to record a new album with the folks from Glossary.

For more information and to download the album, visit

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