It’s an inevitable fact that Glossary is as important and vital to the Murfreesboro rock scene as any band that has come or will pass by in the future.
With a blue-collar work ethic, the group has surpassed more than 15 years of existence as a band. Originating in 1997 with a lineup that has been current since 2001, Glossary has went on to release seven albums among other solo projects by members.
Their latest album, Long Live All Of Us, was recently released and proves to be one of their finest works yet, crafting the transcendent Glossary sound with a positive message that discovers the finer moments in life’s reality throughout the album.
There is no doubt the past year has been one to remember. With the sounds of recession and economic woes coupled with sporadic weather patterns that have spawned floods, tornadoes and even the occasional end of days talk - the group was set on differentiating this work to be something uplifting.
“We wanted to make a positive record,” guitarist and front man Joey Kneiser said. “There is no negativity or sarcasm. We wanted to explore the great attributes in people like mercy and second chances because that’s what we are.”
The album came to fruition with the help from Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects where individuals can pledge a set amount of money for a project.
Setting out for a goal of $4,000 dollars, expectations were exceeded as the goal was hit in a mere eight hours.
“It was pretty humbling,” Kneiser said.
When events happen like this, it also says much about the Glossary fan base that has been acquired over the years.
“Over time we’ve developed a cult fan base. They are very loyal and have stuck with us and allowed us the freedom to try different stuff. We have nothing to sell but the band itself,” Kneiser said.
Within grounds, the fan base helps drive their creativity and also their longevity in the music business and also helps how they view success whether it be releasing an album on vinyl or a tour, the group believes they achieve it in tiny steps as they never wanted to be a large-scale operation in the first place.
Keeping the vibe simple on Long Live All of Us, the band traveled outside of Murfreesboro to a home in Rockvale for two months to lay down tracks without any distractions of a studio space.
Gaining engineering help from Mikey Allred, this was the first time the group had not recorded in the typical studio setting.
“It was relaxed. There was no pressure of time,” Bingham Barnes said in reference to the mood of the recording session.
“I think it’s the best thing we’ve done,” Barnes also noted.
“We went into the studio like this was our only job,” Kneiser said. “Time is always your biggest enemy. If someone had an idea, then you could just go with it.”
Among past efforts, the album is not a far departure in sound and instrumentation, but subject matter does extend into the realm of hope and the realization of the human condition being one that is miniature in the grand scale of all that is around us. This theme also extends into the album’s cover art as people are depicted on the side of a hill with a large nebula cloud surrounding the void.
One of the standout tracks is “Cheap Wooden Cross,” a juxtaposition of the classic sign and signified rationale that highlights the idea of a wooden cross relating importance to a loved one.
“The contrast is deep. We have to apply meaning to something for it to be relative to us as human beings,” Kneiser said.
On the other hand, “A Shoulder To Cry On” is an uptempo reflective song, which Barnes indicated was one of the most fun to play, which is apparent in one of the YouTube trailers promoting the album where Barnes provides some top-notch dance moves on the downtown Square.
But setting the tone for the album was the first song that Kneiser penned called “The Flood.” This is a tune that encompassed all writing on the album and the uplifting vibe that spurred more inspiration.
“Fear is debilitating. It can constantly get the best of us. We wanted to make a record that would be fun, but there is still melancholy in it all,” Kneiser said.
Through each track, Glossary reminds us of why it is the textbook example of a Southern band and the music that embodies the region.
While territories and the ways and influences that are drawn from it can define art and expression, music from the South is still like no other.
Glossary understands this and paints the perfect dichotomy of pushing the line on Saturday night while still making it to church on Sunday in their work. With Long Live All Of Us, we can only hope this Murfreesboro staple continues to make music for a long time to come.
An album release party is set for Friday at Nashville’s The 5 Spot with a mini-tour scheduled for dates across Florida, Texas and Arkansas with a return stop to the midstate on Nov. 18 at Mercy Lounge in support of Lucero.
For more information on Long Live All of Us and the band, visit www.glossary.us.