“There are a lot of references to where we’ve been and where we are going,” said lead singer Dylan Graham about Central Florida’s Glass House Point‘s new EP, “Midnight Appetite.” They swung by Tallahassee a week ago to play at 926 Bar & Grille, as they are in the midst of their third tour – a tour that is celebrating the release of their second EP. The band is made up of four members: Dylan Graham – lead vocals/guitar, Dylan Methot – lead guitar/mandolin, Ian Campbell – backup vocals/bass guitar/keys, and Jansen Valk – drums.
The Lakeland-based alternative rock band released their first EP, “Love Lives In Dark Places,” in 2016, as their sound encompassed more “folk vibes,” according to Methot. He cited the folk rock genre as a large influence in their early years, as they used to hold more of an acoustic sound, with even the occasional dashes of banjo and violin. Graham was proud to say, “Adding strings and adding just a little bit of acoustic guitar that you can barely hear at parts is really like a reference to our old record.” The band is paired up with local Tallahassee band Brightside for this current tour as they travel throughout Florida and the southeast hitting cities like Tampa, Orlando, Atlanta, and Nashville. Glass House Point has also played in northern cities like Chicago and New York.
Although the band has been to many different musically inclined cities, Tallahassee is still one of their favorite places to play. “Tallahassee always has a really good way of showing up for us, people here just know how to have a good time,” said Campbell. The show at 926 Bar & Grille on November 4th defied the band’s expectations of Tallahassee as Valk said, “I thought it was a really successful show. A lot of people came out and I wasn’t really expecting to see that many faces since it has been almost a year since we’ve been in Tallahassee.” As far as the tour as a whole Graham feels this tour “has been better than last tours,” as he goes on to explain how good it feels to induct new faces into their family. “Since we have released this new record, I think we’re definitely starting to see our fan base grow a lot. It’s small still, but it has grown pretty rapidly for our size.”
Campbell, Methot, and Graham all started playing together in high school, as Methot explained they were influenced by the early days of Mumford & Sons. “They were just a big inspiration, but now more-so we went from the folk vibes to these more like indie, kind of spacey vibes.” Methot mentioned Ben Howard and Local Natives as two bands that influence them now. Graham mentioned wanting to create their own original sound as he described the way their songwriting and structure, “goes its own place, and has roots all over the place, and we kind of just [want] to take influence but we’re also trying to do our own thing and figure out where we’re coming from.” Campbell explains the process the band has taken in order to get to where they are today, “I felt like for a long time we were trying to be something we liked, then we started to settle into a niche of our own.”
They played at Tallahassee venue The Wilbury earlier this year in March as a part of their “Creatures Tour” – a tour that was in place to introduce the southeast United States to their now popular single “Creatures.” The band has recently seen success with their new EP and especially with “Creatures,” specifically as Graham said, “You can get the EP absolutely anywhere, but Spotify is definitely where it is blowing up.” “Creatures” now has over 85,000 hits in just three months as the single dropped on August 4th of this year. “Really what has been helping us is that we have been featured on Discover Weekly over and over and over again, so it has been putting us in front of fans all over the world,” continued Graham. The band has been shocked by how much the single has blown up. “We’ve woken up, and it’s been like 500 people have listened to this song. And then we’ve woken up and like 10,000 people have listened to this song overnight.” Ultimately Graham wants this type of success for the whole EP, “We hope we see the same thing with Creatures, with all the songs on the record. That’s the hope.”
The band continues their tour throughout the state and the southeast, as they will be playing in Lakeland and Jacksonville next weekend as well as Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville on November 17th, 18th, and 19th. All the tour dates and ticket information can be found on the band’s Facebook page or website, and their new EP, “Midnight Appetite” can be found on Spotify and Apple Music.
All pictures are credited to Amanda Laferriere.