Glowing
No Fun


3.5
great

Review

by BlushfulHippocrene STAFF
November 3rd, 2020 | 19 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Glowing Season (Yeah)

It remains beyond me how bands begin and then continue to (co)operate. At what point does the conflict get to them? The aggression, or, worse, passive-aggression; the narcissism of those who choose to put themselves in or under the spotlight. Damn, what about the inequalities? How does a band go about addressing unequal contributions? Like, be honest. You ever been a part of a group project, whether at school or work or home, that actually turns out? That doesn’t turn to shit? That results in a product that isn’t either a compromise or means to an end, an ah, goddamn, fuck it? I’m sure it happens, it has to happen, it does happen. On No Fun and elsewhere. But it’s something that never ceases to amaze me.

Glowing may never cease to amaze me. Not because there is anything particularly unique about their music; No Fun is, in many ways, your prototypical Australian indie rock. It’s an EP jam-packed with loud, anthemic tunes about love, mostly lost, and being lost, mostly in love. The band, however, its members, their performances, exude exuberance: clean, well-structured songwriting; dynamic, impassioned performances; a restlessness that colours every tortured vocal line, and every sunny guitar.

Hear, for example, on opener ‘Plunge’, frontman Finn Cameron waste absolutely no time by way of pleasantries. “Fill my blood,” he yells at the outset, beckoning an immediately loud, groovy albeit measured performance by the rest of the band; it’s as if, in lieu of a count-in, Cameron has shocked them awake. (The phrase itself is a beautifully interwoven one; there’s a lot of filling, falling, and feeling on No Fun.) If you’re at all familiar with colourblind, you’re well aware of Cameron’s positively domineering presence in bands. It’s a miracle, really, given the largeness, the boldness of Cameron’s presence, that lead guitarist Jack Paech’s poppy, frenetic riffs shine through as well as they do. They do, but, as does the rest of the band’s contributions, which culminate on ‘Sand’ in a number of stop-starty, quick-quicker movements through which the group glides together in a manner that is nothing short of breathtaking. It’d be a marvel to watch and hear live. The production on the EP is equally magnificent: Jarred Nettle’s knack for clean, pristine, though far from lifeless audio engineering is next to unrivalled, even by some of Australia’s biggest. It would be, perhaps, No Fun’s greatest asset, if not for the musical talent on display.

If anything, Glowing is perhaps a little too tight. Unlike colourblind, whose emotion shone through far murkier sonic waters, Glowing feel, at times, a little self-neutered. This is absolutely not the case on ‘Fall Into My’, which feels like the the EP’s fullest, most complete track. The way Cameron, Paech, and (now ex) guitarist Jess Day trade their vocals at its backend makes for a beautiful, tender moment; Cameron’s climactic screams feel better-earned because of it. It’s a feeling I wish was replicated more often throughout the EP, a rare moment in which members shine through in a way that isn’t subsumed under a quasi-machinistic whole.

Which is to say: Glowing sound impressively unified as a band. No Fun is incredibly cohesive and well put together. As an EP, however, it feels more like a taster than a full project. Like an incredibly well-produced demo tape. Which is not at all to the band’s discredit: the songs that appear on No Fun feel very much like a kind of mission statement, an introduction for what’s to come. I hope what comes feels less like a group of well-attuned friends tuning their instruments to a single frequency, and more like a unified whole of evidently talented musicians fighting for centre-stage in a way that balances the group’s wholistic dynamic with members’ individual talents. Regardless, Glowing amaze me, and No Fun is amazing.

Wait, though, are band members friends?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


3629 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Disclaimer (if necessary, I guess): staffer verdant/owlbeanie/whothefuck? has a beautiful voice and does guitar in this project. Can hear on streaming platforms.

SteakByrnes
November 3rd 2020


23491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beautiful write up blushy :] I thought I caught a mistake but after reading it more thoroughly it would seem I was the fool!



This EP is very fun and I love verdant dearly

Digging: Hail the Sun - New Age Filth

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


12711 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Very good write up my man. This sounds like a bundle of joy, gonna set this aside for listening later for sure.

Digging: Hundreds of AU - Acting from Remote Satellites

MotokoKusanagi
November 3rd 2020


3754 Comments


i liked this, can't find dl though rip

verdant
Staff Reviewer
November 3rd 2020


2461 Comments


i've read this twenty thousand times

Conmaniac
November 4th 2020


26405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This EP slaps and this review is has me gushing

EphemeralEternity
November 4th 2020


3859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's my friend jack I know the guitarist jack hes my friend and I'm well acquainted with him and ive slept in the same bed as him (ontop of the sheets) so i know someone from this band and he knows me i think and i just want everyone to know

Winesburgohio
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2020


3142 Comments


YAY

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AaroN911
November 4th 2020


3005 Comments


what does this sound like?

Conmaniac
November 6th 2020


26405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like if ur thinking bout an ex while spinning on a merry go round at a park on a blistering aussie summer day but in music form

AaroN911
November 6th 2020


3005 Comments


woah I like the sound of that

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
November 7th 2020


3629 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Sounds like if ur thinking bout an ex while spinning on a merry go round at a park on a blistering aussie summer day but in music form"

This is perfect.

SowingSeason
Moderator
November 7th 2020


37480 Comments


That is the greatest summary I've ever seen. Will get around to the review soon. This sounds exactly like my kind of thing. Australian indie rock rarely disappoints.

Digging: Old Gray - Slow Burn

ashcrash9
November 9th 2020


3125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this review rules. hope to check this soon

dedex
Contributing Reviewer
November 9th 2020


7831 Comments


rofl that summary

verdant
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2020


2461 Comments


sounds like four little baby idiots trying to play instruments look at those little babies go trying to make music lol stupid little babie

ieatbabies795
January 8th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What the fucking fuck

ieatbabies795
January 8th 2021


812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig this

SteakByrnes
January 8th 2021


23491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fun album!



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