Electro-pop up and comer Glass Theory, is the solo project of Jack Duff, LA native and former drummer whose interests include: sex, night swims in the ocean and surrealist art. We spoke to Jack in a trendy little San Diego cafe in the Gaslamp district last week and he gave us some pretty tasty tidbits about his latest EP release “Hang Up”. We both agreed that the sometimes arbitrary nature of music classification means that songs and artists get pigeonholed into genres that they don’t necessarily comply with, which means describing his music might be a little tricky. Having said that, Glass Theory definitely fits into the genre of electro-pop while still toeing the line with nu-disco and EDM, but he is still a new artist and as such, he and his sound are still evolving.
We liked Glass Theory because he reminded us of Canadian glam rock love child, Diamond Rings, just with a bit more California sun to him. Jack-like John O of Diamond Rings- is eloquent and well spoken and passionate about his work, “I do all the writing and performing and mixing and producing on my own, it’s a huge amount of work but I wanted it to sound the way that I wanted it to sound” Jack told Ladywood music last week. “I made the EP as a sort of passion project. I wasn't fitting in anywhere and was tired of writing and performing songs for other people and for music I didn't like, I wanted to do what I wanted to do” he says about taking on a solo project for his latest release.
It takes a certain amount of courage to step out on your own, out of your comfort zone and into the unknown, and as a solo artist you also have to be prepared to take on the criticism all on your own, but with a guy like Jack, you can tell that he’s willing to take anything on. His lyrics belie a certain substance and emotion and his deep -and very sexy- baritone voice gives the tracks a sense of gravitas, while the tight mixing still keeps you on your feet dancing. His Hang Up EP is a fun, dance-y, yet evocative record that is a different and welcome addition to the Ladywood music repertoire. Citing Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and recent Coachella headliner, Blur as some of his influences, Jack has set his sights high for success, but we think if he keeps it up, maybe one day he’ll be considered one of the “50 Bands that Changed the world” like the great Depeche Mode was. We wish Jack and Glass Theory nothing but the best and a big thank you for taking the time to chat with us.
Here's Glass Theory's EP Hang Up available on his website for free download. My favourite is "Let Me Be Clear" that I've posted below, about the agonizing frustrations of those on again and off again relationships, and that tiny little voice in your head that keeps telling you to go back, even though you know it's a bad idea.
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