Glass Passenger

Glass Passenger


With the influences ranging from Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt to Nick Cave, Spacemen 3 and Thirteen Floor Elevators Glass Passenger gives the listener an eclectic insight into the mind of David K. In one set, the band will make you dance, sway and stand in awe at the beauty of sound.


MEMBERS•David Kunstatter – guitar, harmonica,
•Derek Harrison – bass, voice
•Rob de Koninck - drums
FORMED: September 2009
HQ: Montreal, Qc, Canada
RIYL: Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Neil Young,
Great Lake Swimmers, Blackheart Procession
Glass Passenger grew out of the collaborative musical pursuits of David Kunstatter and
Rachelle Mantha. Blending past musical experiences and personal influences, they eventually
developed an acoustic sound heavily influenced by old folk standards and rock music
upbringings. A product of the Winnipeg indie rock scene, David fell in love with Montreal while
playing Pop Montreal as a member of Paper Moon in 2004. After moving to Montreal in 2006,
he met Rachelle at one particularly strange overnight recording session. They very same
place they met would be the place where Glass Passenger would be formed.
Over the course of a year (summer 2008-2009), with contributions from over 20 musicians
(including a 12 piece string section), they self-produced/recorded a debut 7-song self-titled
After several line-up changes, including the departure of co-founder Rachelle, the
energetic live show of the new three-piece incarnation of Glass Passenger proves that they
have completed the transition from an orchestral folk outfit to a hard-edged roots-rock band.
The new album “Uppers and Downers” (to be officially launched June 28 at Casa del Popolo)
captures a band in transition. Over the course of these nine tracks, Glass Passenger proves
that they are equally comfortable with minimalism and maximalism. Spanning from the
stripped down acoustic-guitar based songs Father and Lullaby to the orchestrated bombast of
I’ve Got Demons (in my soul) and Dancing in Circles, the band displays its versatility in texture
and instrumentation.
This versatility is grown from an ethos of respecting the song. David’s songwriting remains the
centerpiece of this album, and the textures and musicians involved are there to give each song
what it needs, whether that means the dixieland horns of Bombs and Parachutes or Rachelle
Mantha's beautiful plucky piano line on Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The orchestrations
brings out a rich, carefully and confidently constructed sound, as hook-laden and driving as it
is dark and gritty.

"Avec ces sept premiers titres, le groupe montréalais se mérite immédiatement une place dans la colonne «à surveiller en 2011»"

Une belle rencontre entre austérité indie et classicisme
- O. Lalonde, le Voir


Uppers and Downers (2012)
Glass Passenger's first full length album released summer of 2012.
self titled EP (2010)
Glass Passenger charted 22nd on CJLO's charts for the week of the 10th of May '10 Glass Passenger has been played on nearly every college radio station in Montreal and has played live on,, and CJAD
Glass Passenger charted #42 in the top 50 Albums at Calgary's CJSW 90.9fm for 2 weeks in January 2011.
The favorites off of the EP are Duck and Cover, Gravel Road and Love me Anyway.

Set List

Midnight Sun
Bombs and Parachutes
Valley Song
Stone Tablets
I've Got Demons
Obvious Wife

40 minute set