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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
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Feb
16
glen landing @ Carnahan's Tavern at Millenium Music Festival

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Jan
18
glen landing @ Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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glen landing @ Rebel Rock Bar & Bites

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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BY JACK FIRNENO
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GLEN LANDING

Glen Landing wants to be everywhere: across America and overseas. In your eyes, ears and mouth. Allow me to explain that last part.

The dance-pop duo hailing from Woodbury, N.J. – partly by way of the former Soviet Union – just recorded a new song entitled Bubblegum. And while they already have a few albums to their credit, this track, says piano-and- bass-player Ania Aliaksandrava, is a turning point for the group. “We wrote it so fast. First the bassline, then the piano, the drums and the words. Line after line – just, ‘boom boom boom,’” she explains. “Something interesting was happening, and I loved playing it. I’d never felt this way about a song before. We knew right away we needed to show this to people.”

Living up to its title, the song is both a simple ode to a certain gelatinous candy and an exercise in the sort of carefree, giggly pop music that also shares the sugary sweet name. Produced by David Ivory, whose resume includes working with such world-renowned acts as Patti Labelle and the Roots, Bubblegum is the sound of a band that’s finally found its flavor. “We’ve grown a lot as a band,” says Dan Hammond, who handles guitar, vocals and occasionally drums for the group. “The new song has a different feeling. It’s fresh for us, and we love playing it out.”

Nominally, Aliaksandrava and Hammond comprise Glen Landing, but they’re not doing it alone. Live, the band is rounded out by another guitarist and a rotating cast of drummers, most notably veteran Philadelphia musician Chuck Treece taking his turn on the skins. “Even from the beginning, that’s just how it was,” Hammond notes. “We’ve had other people come and go, but ultimately it’s the two of us.”

The lineup may call for a bit of a balancing act at shows. But behind the scenes, their opposite backgrounds inform their quirky blending of traditional pop and rock formats. For Aliaksandrava, who was classically trained on piano while growing up in Belarus, a country in the former Soviet Bloc, writing music is a new experience. “When I was young, parents [in Belarus] were trying to give their children as much as they could besides school,” she recalls. “It was common for people to play, and we’d go to a separate music school for half the day. But it was all classical, sheet music, and for our own personal development. I never thought I’d be playing in a band or making a career of it.”

Stateside, Hammond was an aspiring songwriter, learning an assortment of instruments as he made his way through bands and various projects. The two met through mutual friends while Aliaksandrava was attending college in the U.S. and soon realized they had found their respective muses. “She’s like my Slash from Guns N’ Roses,” Hammond says. “She just comes up with these riffs. She didn’t always understand how to put them together, but arranging songs is what I do well.” In the studio, they’re joined by a third collaborator: Grammy- winning producer David Ivory. “Meeting him was a big step for us,” Hammond says. “He believed in us and knew he could help us get where we wanted to be.”

But for Glen Landing, it’s not all about aural adventures. Along with their striking sound is a visual aesthetic created by Aliaksandrava. With a passion for fashion that matches her musical prowess, she designs and creates the dresses she wears onstage along with visual cues like large bows dolling up amplifiers and large foam letters wrapped in fur. “I’d like to make this a cultural force: music and fashion. I love them both,” she says. Aliaksandrava’s next step is to design T-shirts with women in mind. “Bands usually make the girls’ shirts from the male design,” she adds.

And whether it’s the sound or the look, Glen Landing, armed with their infectious new single, wants to blow up their bubble as big as it can get. Playing regularly in Trenton, Bucks County and Philadelphia, Hammond and Aliaksandrava are eyeing up an East Coast tour later this year and shows abroad in the future. “We’ve been doing this long enough to know what works,” Hammond says. “It feels like we’ve got all our ducks in a row. It’s do or die for us.”
- Pearson Publishing


Band Name: Glen Landing

Genre: Boutique Piano Pop Rock Duet

Formed 2010

Home Town: Philadelphia / South Jersey – Minsk, Belarus

Sounds Like: Dashboard Confessional meets Chevelle with classical piano

Logo: Altered Soviet Era school uniform pin

Members: Dan Hammond- guitar and vocals
Ania Aliaksandrava
piano, Rhodes Bass Piano, Wurlitzer

Contact Info: glenlanding@hotmail.com
glenlanding.com
youtube.com/glenlanding
glenlanding.blogspot.com
facebook.com/glenlanding
myspace.com/glenlanding
twitter.com/glenlanding
Dan (609) 870 3994

Discography: “Sentimental” debut 2010
co-produced by Chuck Treece
recorded @ Target Studios by Marc Moss


Single "Bubble Gum" being release in 2012
produced by David Ivory
recorded @ Dylanava Studios

Organizations: ASCAP, NARAS

Interesting Fact: Opened for the biggest Belarusian Rock band N. R. M. and the biggest Russian Rock band Mumiy Troll

- GL


Discography


Single "Bubblegum" 2012
produced by David Ivory

Debut Record "SENTIMENTAL" 2010
co-produced by Chuck Treece

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Bio

Glen Landing wants to be everywhere: across America and overseas; on a stage and on your shirt; in your ears, eyes and mouth. With Bubblegum, their new single, the Philadelphia, PA-based indie/pop-rock band (partly by way of Minsk, Belarus) is getting closer with each bite.

The song was produced by David Ivory (The Roots, Patti LaBelle) and features Chuck Treece (Bad Brains, Billy Joel, G Love & Special Sauce). It has been receiving airplay on college, Clear Channel, and internet radio stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

The band is Ania Maliakina on a range of keyboard instruments like the Wurlizter piano and Fender Rhodes bass, and guitarist/singer Dan Hammond. They play regularly in Philadelphia, PA, shared the stage with The Movement and Belarusian superstars N.R.M., and have played the Dewey Beach Music Festival and Conference, Millennium Music Conference, and Cape May Music Conference.

Aurally, they’re a cocktail of Ania‘s formal music training as a child in Eastern Europe, and Dan’s ascension through various rock and pop bands in the U.S. Visually, they are the result of Ania’s fashion sense, which informs their lushly decorated onstage amps and instruments, stylized videos, and upcoming t-shirt line. And, my, that Bubblegum sure is sweet.