Glass Vaults

Glass Vaults

 Wellington, Wellington, NZL
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

Glass Vaults make emotive music that has been described as post-ambient and glacial pop. Their live show takes the spaciousness and vocal clarity of their recorded work and stretches it into wall of sound environments moving through lush, fully realised universes of textural sound.

Biography

Wellington band, Glass Vaults, make emotive music that has been described as post-ambient and glacial pop. Their live show takes the spaciousness and melodic clarity of their recorded work and stretches it into wall of sound environments moving through lush, fully realised universes of textural sound with equal premiums on vocal and melodic clarity.

Richard Larsen and Rowan Pierce are the two founding members of Glass Vaults,and both grew up in the Manawatu, located in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Pierce grew up surrounded in the tradition of his Scottish heritage, which helped him to develop an appreciation for the immersive drone of the pipes and the clattering rhythms of the drums. Larsen’s first experiences in music came from experimentation with writing and playing music from a young age. Both then moved to Wellington for university where they met and began developing aural architecture with melody and arrangement. Whilst Larsen and Pierce are the core songwriters and performers in Glass Vaults, they also work extensively with Bevan Smith (Signer, Over the Atlantic and The Ruby Suns) in production and live performance.

Glass Vaults are best known for their succinctly titled Glass EP, which gained international acknowledgment throughout the blogospheres in 2010. The Glass EP was recorded on Pierce’s grandmothers farm in March 2010. They then teamed up with Smith who produced the recordings into a finished form, which was released digitally and on a limited edition 12inch vinyl through American independent label Jukboxr. Notably, the record appeared as Insound’s track of the week, charted in the top 50 on Hype Machine and was the only EP on Einstein Music Journals top 20 of 2010. The bands song, New Space also sat at number 1 on Radioactive’s Top 11 for 3 weeks.

In the later half of 2011 Glass Vaults will be touring nationally co-headlining with fellow Sonorous Circle artists Seth Frightening as well as joining Family Cactus for various dates on their national tour. They will also unveil a new 6 track release, Into Clear, through US label Waaga in preparation for international touring and a full length debut early in 2012.

Glass Vaults current live band is Rowan Pierce, Richard Larsen, Bevan Smith and Reece McNaughton.

Discography

Glass EP (2010, Sonorous Circle, Jukboxr)
Into Clear EP (TBR 2011, Waaga)