Photo: Nicole Peplow Photography
Words: Linn Branson
The Birmingham five-piece GLEAM emerged at the start of 2015 with 'Isn't Real', their shoegaze-esque, Ryan Pinson-produced debut. Heavy on distorted, melodic guitars they set out their stall with a wave of attention, with second track 'Fake' coming shortly after.
Now, as they follow-up with number three, 'Believe' - which very possibly is the one that will mark their place for big things in 2016 - Little Indie is very pleased to premiere it here.
Debuting their first music video for 'Believe' - shot in classy noir mode by Viceroy Shoots - with swirling guitars, smoke, lamps and a smiling young lady doing things with sparklers - you can't help but be drawn to, not just their cool demeanour, and the song's lush psych-gaze, Ride-influenced groove, but vocalist Jake Bellwood's facial hair growth is as much a point of visual interest as his gorgeously soaring pitched vocal is to the ears.
Making its radio debut a few days ago on Radio X, 'Believe' was described by X-posure's John Kennedy as "very impressive stuff" - and that's from a man who knows his music 'stuff'.
And If GLEAM should happen to look or sound a tad familiar it may be that the band was formed by Bellwood (vocals/guitar), Tommy Greaves (guitar), and Max Fisher (synth), who were part of one of Birmingham's most talked about outfits, Wide Eyed. (Completing the new GLEAM line-up are Kez Handley on bass and Huw Woodward, drums.)
If you want to try GLEAM out on the live stage, then head to Birmingham on December 20 where they play the L'Amour Xmas all-nighter at The Rainbow (2 venues, 5 bands).
Take a listen to previous tracks 'Isn't Real and 'Fake' on Soundcloud here.
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