Glorybots are from Seattle, Washington, but if you had told me ‘Servile’ was a new single from The Rasmus I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. It’s that good. ‘Servile’ comes ahead of Glorybots’ new album, ‘Radiation Skies’, set for release in March.
The brainchild of Jalal Andre, Glorybots serves as his means by which to focus on more thematic development rather than be restricted to the bounds of traditional rock sounds. ‘Servile’, with its hammering drums and solid power guitars has a distinctly “European rock” sound about it (think Tokio Hotel as well as the aforementioned The Rasmus) and it’s one I can really dig into.
Andre’s clear, crisp vocals work as yet another instrument, rather than floating above (or below) the music. It opens with a radiating pulse that, if you’re listening through headphones, moves from one ear to the next, and is slightly disturbing. But at the same time, I really enjoyed the sensation, and although it lessened somewhat under the other instruments, I still sought it out.
The catchy chorus – variations on “don’t take your heart away and leave me here”, is plaintive and yet pleasing, while the bridge – “who’ll stop the rain” – is just breathtaking as Andre’s vocals soar to heights not previously shown in the track.
Glorybots isn’t strictly a solo project for Andre, but rather a way he can further follow through on ideas he’s had with his band, Echo Texture. He’s been doing this for a while; Glorybots’ first long player, ‘Dark Alien Pop’, came out in 2018 – we’ve certainly been writing about them for that long – and Jamal Andre has been working his music magic for more than 20 years. All we know is that we like what he does, and we’re pretty sure you will too, and we’re definitely going to be checking out ‘Radiation Skys’ when it comes out. Meanwhile, we’ll keep listening to ‘Servile’.