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Glass Ampp

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF | AFM

Vaughan, Ontario, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2009
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"And The Winners Are... Glass Ampp!!!"

"Who are these guys? Why aren't they signed already?" was asked during Glass Ampp’s “mind blowing performance” on the road to earning the 2014 ROCK 95 Local and Loud Battle of the Bands Title.

A capacity crowd of almost two thousand came to cheer on the finalists at the Ranch in Barrie Ontario last night. The finals comprised of six awesome bands which had earned their spot to shine last night.

With the calibre of the bands last night, it wasn’t a completion but more of a celebration of music fans enjoying great music from extraordinarily talented musicians.

Glass Ampp, the 2014 winners, performed flawlessly their unique blend of original blues rock, with that Glass Ampp twist.

As the 2014 winners, they will receive a full-length CD recording contract from Lake Effect Studio; performance contract by Impact Live Entertainment; a music video recording from Lovejoy Productions; and radio airtime on Rock 95.7 - Vaughan Central


Whether it’s 30 or 3000 people in attendance, Glass Ampp can rock the stage with the same passion and drive that is making them one of the hottest indie-rock bands to come out of Canada. - MATTHEW SMITH

"Canadian Music Week CMW May 2015 Recap"

Holy crap this band is freakin good! That is what I kept thinking at their showcase at the Bovine with their assault of hard rock blues. Killer bass and drum backbone, phenomenally powerful vox and guitar riffs that never seemed to end their aural assault of my rock hungry ears. When the band dared to take on Led Zeppelin I knew they would not disappoint and sure enough they nailed Whole Lotta Love with ease – including the earth shattering “Loooooove” lyric that Robert Plant immortalized. We are huge fans of this band and strongly recommend them. - T Mak World

"Show Review – Headstones, The Road Heavy & Glass Ampp"

Glass Ampp won this competition the previous year and have also not been strangers to success. They have recently toured with Big Wreck and have released two EPs, Half Empty (2013) and Jellyfish (2014). The crowd was completely enthralled from moment the sweet sounds of the raspy yet seductive vocals of Steve Porretta filled the venue. Their set list proved their versatility within the rock/blues genre. It included the heavy hitting, How It’s Gonna Go from Jellyfish which featured hefty drum beats and catchy guitar riffs. The band really shone however, in the delivery of their song, Breathin, from Half Empty. This slower ballad pierced the crowd with an intensity and a raw emotion that was not to be trumped all evening. The antics of lead guitarist, Gianluca Mauro are something to be witnessed. His energy and exuberance for the music was intoxicating. Whether he was crouched down or his head was thrown back while delivering a soulful solo, his performance was nothing short of spectacular as he provided ample photo opportunities for the fans. - Canadian Beats

"Headstones Still Kickin’ Ass (Barrie Review) MusicConcert Reviews"

Next up was Glass Ampp, another local-ish (Maple Area) band that seems to making waves in the Ontario rock scene. With one of the most animated guitarist (Gianluca Mauro) I have seen in years and a sound similar to Three Doors Down these fellas bring it. The heavy guitar riffs backed by the strong vocals of Steve Porretta have this very tight band going places. The set these guys put on for 40 min was solid. From the opening riff to the closing vocal, the boys seemed hit a chord with the crowd. I would have to put these boys as worthy of another watch that is for sure. - Soundcheck Entertainment

"Bands On The Verge"

GLASS AMPP were runners-up at the this year’s Rocksearch and something tells me we’re going to be hearing these guys for many years to come. They play no frills, passionate-blues rock music that soars when they're live. The band members are all friends from Vaughan and some of the relationships go back to when they were 2 years old!

GLASS AMPP came to the radio station to talk about their musical roots how they got started, recording of a new 4 track Ep and to perform for our staff. They loaded in ALL their equipment into the music office and put the “cramp” into #CrampedOfficeConcert and shook the foundation here at the “Whitehouse Of Rock”. - Paulie Morris 97.7HTZ-FM


Jellyfish Ep
1. How It's Gonna Go
2. Breakaway 
3. Stranger
4. She Don't Want You

Half Empty Ep
1. I Know You Know 
2. Most Deadliest Man Alive 
3. Breathin'
4. Just Fly
5. The Life 



Soul crushing blues riffs and powerful vocal arrangements are the defining sonic elements of Glass Ampp. The four-piece band from the Toronto suburb of Maple is comprised of childhood friends Steve Porretta (lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Gianluca Mauro (lead guitar, backup vocals); Anthony Ascenzi (drums) and Steve Piersanti (bass).

Founded in 2009, In My Head is the band’s fourth EP and is produced by Steve Molella (Finger Eleven). “Glass Ampp is an amazingly talented band with an endless supply of killer riffs, great melodies and songs to work with,” explains Molella.

The EP includes “How Do I Know”, “River” and “Interlude”, plus the title track, which is also the first single. “’In My Head’ is about the anxieties, regrets and miscommunications that people beat themselves up about,” explains Porretta. “It’s also a track which captures the energy of our live performances.”

In the summer of 2015 Glass Ampp entered St. Catharines, ON radio station, 97.7 HTZ-FM’s prestigious annual Rocksearch competition and placed second among 160 entries.

The band also spent a large part of the year touring clubs in the north and southeastern United States hitting cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Long Island, Charlotte, Cleveland, Kent (Ohio), and Waterbury (Connecticut). “The intense connection we make with our audiences at every show is what Glass Ampp is all about,” explains Mauro.

Momentum for Glass Ampp really started to build following the release of their third EP, Jellyfish (2014), produced by Matthew Von Wagner (USS, Crystal Castles), and the airplay generated by the single, “How’s It Gonna Go”, at southern Ontario rock radio stations such as, 97.7 HTZ-FM, 94.9 The Rock (Oshawa), Rock95 (Barrie) and Y108 (Hamilton).

The band was able to convert the airplay at Rock95 into a victory at the station’s Local & Loud in the spring of 2014. Since then Glass Ampp have shared the stage with a number of Canada’s top rock acts including, Big Wreck, Monster Truck, Hollerado, Headstones, Our Lady Peace, and I Mother Earth.





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