Glass Ankle

Glass Ankle

 Manchester, England, GBR
BandAlternativePop

A most impressive blend of sonic expansiveness and melodic coherence. Their music is eclectic and appealing, with hints of British indie, folk, shoegaze and 60’s pop. Many songs contain reference to Japan after their singer's 11 month working sabatical.

Biography

Glass Ankle are an ambitious band who are based in, and close to Manchester.

They were brought together by main singer, songwriter and travel-guitar player, Greg Jackson, who had a burning desire to play his songs with a band. Their name comes from a recurring football injury Greg continues to endure.

Between the 25th June 2008 and 25th May 2009, Greg lived in Japan, teaching English and exploring the country in his spare time. His experiences gave him lots of ideas for songs which would become the basis for Glass Ankle’s musical direction. On returning Greg set about finding the musicians who would help bring his songs to life:

Stu Baggaley - Bass guitar
Greg has worked with Stu on many musical projects and has long admired his driving, melodic bass lines and groovy movement on stage.

Chika Woodward - Drums, cajon, backing vocals
Greg had been attending Chika Woodward’s Japanese lessons unaware that she was a drummer. On finding out, Greg offered Chika the position of drummer/percussionist, and she accepted. Chika is a very good drummer whose passion for playing, ear for harmony and Japanese background add significant dimension.

Paul Maddocks - Lead guitar, banjo
Paul is the newest member of the band. He joined after voicing how much he liked the songs and wanted to try adding banjo to them. Paul’s tasteful lead-guitar and banjo phrases decorate and compliment the songs perfectly.

Although their current batch of songs have their roots in English acoustic indie, the lyrical content is often less familiar, containing Japanese words and references which give the listener a poignant snapshot of life as a foreigner in a very different culture.

On 19th October 2009 the band released their first E.P. “If You’ve Been There”. The CD received high praise; winning *demo of the week* from ManchesterMusic.co.uk and achieving 8/10 in Whisperin’ and Hollerin’ magazine. The band have been gigged across the UK, gathering a reputation for their captivating performances and acquiring an ever increasing amount of fans and admirers.

Some of the most notable and enjoyable gigs have included:

. Friends of Manchester Festival @ KRO Bar on 29th January 2011

. In The City Festival @ TROF Northern Quarter, Manchester on 14th October 2010

. Leek SummerJam Festival @ Leek Hockey Club on 14 August 2010

To keep up the momentum they have gathered, a new single called “Kyo wa ii hi” was released in November. “Kyo wa ii hi” is Japanese for “Today is a good day” and as the title suggests, the song is upbeat, capturing the essence of cherry-blossom trees in bloom on a sun-soaked day in April. It has been played by Gideon Coe (09/12/10) and Tom Robinson (13/12/10) on BBC 6 Music and has recieved local airplay on ALL FM, Fuse FM and North Manchester FM. The second track, “Fuji” documents Greg’s experience climbing day and night to view the sun rise spectacularly at the summit of Mount Fuji.

On the 21 January 2011 Glass Ankle were given full page articles in both the Metro newspaper and the Manchester Evening News. In the articles, journalist David Sue described their music as "a most impressive blend of sonic expansiveness and melodic coherence", drawing comparisons with Pavement and Gomez.

Currently they are writing and recording songs for an new E.P. due for release later this year. For their next live performances please visit www.myspace.com/glassankleband.

Lyrics

Fuji

Written By: Gregory Jackson

Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around

Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around
and we're making ground

One more statione to climb
One more station to climb
and we're walking blind

One more staiton to climb
One more station to climb
I hope we make it in time

Red sun rise
burning the skys
hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
how much I owe

People walking around
People stopming around
People shouting around

But Fuji's lost in the cloud
Fuji's lost in the crowd
She hides away from the crowd

People dropping their shit
They're selling all kinds of shit
They're not caring one bit

But Fuji's lost in the cloud
Fuji's lost in the cloud
She doesn't want to be found

Red sun rise
burning the skys
hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
how much I owe

Summit is near
Clouds they will clear
No doubt and no fear
I've found something more
Bathing in green
My eyes are drowning
I'll never do this again
I'll never settle again in this life

Red sun rise
burning the skys
hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
how much I owe

Fuji

Written By: Gregory Jackson

Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around

Fuji's coming around
Fuji's coming around
and we're making ground

One more station to climb
One more station to climb
and we're walking blind

One more staiton to climb
One more station to climb
I hope we make it in time

Red sun rise
Burning the skys
Hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
How much I owe

People walking around
People stomping around
People shouting around

But Fuji's lost in the cloud
Fuji's lost in the crowd
She hides away from the crowd

People dropping their shit
They're selling all kinds of shit
They're not caring one bit

But Fuji's lost in the cloud
Fuji's lost in the cloud
She doesn't want to be found

Red sun rise
Burning the skys
Hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
How much I owe

Summit is near
Clouds they will clear
No doubt and no fear
I've found something more
Bathing in green
My eyes are drowning
I'll never do this again
I'll never settle again in this life

Red sun rise
Burning the skys
Hurting my eyes

White sun glow
Help me to know
How much I owe

Discography

Kyo Wa II Hi (single) - NOV 2010

Tracks:
1. Kyo wa ii hi (Today is a good day)
2. Fuji

If You've Been There E.P - OCT 2009

Tracks:
1. If You've Been There
2. Rules
3. The Gokiburi Song
4. Tan Tan Men (adapted version of Travis' Turn)

Set List

Rules
One Of Them
If You've Been There
Fuji
Without You Here
Kyo wa ii hi
'Til the end
The Gokiburi Song