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Australia’s Glass Towers came together when their members were wee lads in high school, back in 2008. Two years later, they released the EP What We Were and hit the Australian airwaves and started playing big festivals. Those fests were great places for nurturing the Towers’ brand of arm-waving, anthemic pop, with rousing choruses and intensely shouted lyrics, momentous tornadoes of stormy guitars, and great waves of metallic percussion. Sounding like a British band (they’re more Maximo Park or Arctic Monkeys than, say, Vampire Weekend or The National), Glass Towers have a mostly effusive yet pained take on love and life; it's not quite as wry as those bands across the pond usually are. These guys find it easier to just go full heart-on-sleeve. When singer Benjamin Hannam pines: “As I walk home I know I'm in love with you/Hoping for more,” on the winsome, boisterous “Tonight,” you want to give him a hug and tell him to buck up. The beautifully reedy guitars on “Castles,” the stringwork on “Foreign Time,” and hints of Tropicana on “Jumanji” are lovely detours, but when the boys decide to really pummel their way through a tune it’s just as rewarding a payoff.

Customer Reviews


I managed to snag this album a year ago when it came out in Australia, and since then its been a staple in my iPhone music lists, so worth the money!

Stellar Band with Plenty of Talent

They remind me of Doves in a way with the echo-ey nature of some tracks. But that being said, their sound is 100% original and surprisingly immersive and catchy. The vocals are accented nicely by the changes in tempo too. The album as a whole is very, very well assembled. Also I’m gonna go ahead and predict the future and say one of these great songs will be on the FIFA 15 soundtrack!!


I really like every song on this album, but all the vocals are really faint.


Formed: 2008 in Alstonville, New South Wales, Aus

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Influenced by '80s post-punk, Sydney, Australia's Glass Towers are centered around frontman Benjamin Hannam. Formed in 2008 while the members were in high school in Alstonville, New South Wales, Glass Towers initially began as a solo project for Hannam. However, by 2009 Hannam had paired up with members of several other local bands and formed the nucleus of Glass Towers. A performance at the popular Splendour in the Grass festival helped boost the band's profile, as did getting play on Triple J radio's...
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