sarah glynn

sarah glynn

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"Refreshing" is a word that frequently comes up when describing Sarah Glynn's music. Her indie-pop tunes are highly composed (unusual chords and intricate beats reminiscent of The Police) yet also dreamy with expansive, rift-driven guitar & synths that may bring to mind Peter Gabriel or Bjork.

Biography

Just before graduating from Wellesley College, Sarah Glynn drastically altered her post-college plans: she would skip out on Med School and focus entirely on her music. In less than 2 years, Sarah, now 29, moved from Boston to Austin, released 2 CDs (for which she has written, recorded and performed all instruments) and put together a 5-piece live band.

Sarah describes her quirky pop/rock, which is often layered with piano, horn & string arrangements, as "somewhere between Liz Phair & Peter Gabriel -- intricate parts with a strong rhythmic push forward." Despite the many layers in Sarah’s mixes, she takes a minimalist approach to songwriting and production – only adding what she deems the song cannot do without. Her lyrics have been described as “smart and slightly acidic” and her voice has drawn comparisons to Bjork and the Sunday’s Harriet Wheeler.

Compositions of Sarah’s have found their way into independent films, including Girl Wrestler ’04 (PBS), Below the Break '04, Prize Whores ’01, and A Pursuit Race ’97 (directed by co-writer & producer of feature "The War Within"), and onto local and national compilation CD’s (Urban Box Office, Inc. NYC, NMM). She is currently gigging in support of her newly released sophomore effort, To Sweeten Up, which has already garnered favorable press reviews (see below). The CD is currently being promoted to college radio across the US & Canada. The Sarah Glynn Band has shared the stage with Juliana Hatfield, Mason Jennings, the Butchies, Patrice Pike, & Bob Schneider, to name a few, and has showcased at the Dallas New Music Festival, Ladyfest TX, & GirlxGirl Fest.

In addition to her own band, Sarah is also playing lead guitar for Austin-based Echoset.

Background ---

Sarah Elizabeth Glynn was born in 1976 and grew up in Richmond, Indiana, where she spent many years studying piano, violin, and eventually guitar. She began recording her own compositions in the 7th grade with a Tascam 4-track, a pink Series-10 guitar, and a Boss Dr. Rhythm. During high school, Sarah was half of the acoustic duo, Amplified Artist, performing locally and receiving radio play on the local college station, WECI. Sarah was classically trained on the piano and violin, yet her heart was always in popular music. By 1995, she had an opportunity to add electric guitar to a rock band in Amherst, MA. By her senior year in college (’98), Sarah had joined Boston-based Mazer Rackham, adding electric-violin, acoustic guitar, and vocals to the group’s rockabilly mix. The band released a CD and broke up shortly after, spawning Sarah’s decision to move to Austin.

Lyrics

My Best Friend

Written By: Sarah Glynn

Living with you has been a challenge to me
You criticize me make me laugh
We felt like playing so late it hurt sometimes
You’d calm me down then make me dance

You were my best friend
Wouldn’t let go ‘til the end
You told me I had to change
I could not stay the same

Met in a restaurant, seemed like an ugly plot
Didn’t know what to do, didn’t really think I could love you
Met in a restaurant, didn’t really want to stop
Didn’t matter what you had, didn’t really want you all that bad
But it’s true I still think about you

We stopped talking but we sure looked the same
Nothing had changed in our eyes
I never knew this would have to be
Nothing or the ride of my life

You were my best friend
Wouldn’t let go ‘til the end
You told me I had to change
I could not stay the same

Met in a restaurant, seemed like an ugly plot
Didn’t know what to do, didn’t really think I could love you
Met in a restaurant, didn’t really want to stop
Didn’t matter what you had, didn’t really want you all that bad
But it’s true I still think about you

Tear the restaurant down where we met in town
Tell the whole world through what I did to you
Tell those strangers to leave who hang off your sleeve
You can start a whole new track because I’ll never get you back

To Sweeten Up

Written By: Sarah Glynn

If I could get you to a place I know that I would always love you
I would never have to run or hide or have to say goodbye
Now I’m tired as a cocktail waitress taking people’s orders
I would never have to run or hide or have to say goodbye

I was old before this started up
Ate some fruit to try to sweeten up
Get it wrong if I could firestart
In time we all want

To sweeten up, I got my sights set I really do
To sweeten up, I got my sights set so high… on you

When the day has come the day you stop think about me
Come the day you walk the beach with a cell phone
Let’s take a little bit cuddle me closer
What’s worse than fine dining on your own

I was old before this started up
Ate some fruit to try to sweeten up
Get it wrong if I could firestart
In time we all want

To sweeten up, I got my sights set I really do
To sweeten up, I got my sights set

To sweeten up, I got my sights set I really do
To sweeten up, I got my sights set I really do
To sweeten up, look after you
To sweeten up, know what I’ll do
To sweeten up, my will on you
To sweeten up, know what I’ll do
It’s a long road a long road
Got my sights set I really do
But it’s a long road a long road
Got my sights set they’re set on you

One Day Older

Written By: Sarah Glynn

The word is out, they know that you lost your flame
There never was staying the same
Music that counts, convictions, harlequin games
There stands what was, along with all that can change

The world is telling me stories about how to make love
Who has found glory

You gotta keep in mind what are you going for
You gotta cast your line touch foot on every shore
You gotta work with time the world is just one day… older

You’ll cruise around, drive fast don’t see the ground
Choosing what’s real you cruise like you feel
The word is out, they know that you lost your flame
There never was staying the same

The world is telling me stories about how to make love
Who has found glory
Don’t cry don’t break up your smile
Cuz what I have seen here is all I can live for

Chorus

The word is out, you’ve wasted days with this stuff
Commit to change, but don’t change too much

Chorus

Full Badge Bar

Written By: Sarah Glynn

You drive around like you own this town
Convertible and a big billfold well
I’ve got enough just to get me by
But what I really want is a sweet car to drive

You got it going on
I want a ride tonight
The road is straight and dry
I would die to ride
In your full badge bar tonight

You never stop until the tank is empty
Not much to do while you pump that 92
You smoke your smoke drink your great big iced tea
You think you’ll fall down if you don’t get moving soon

You got it going on
I want a ride tonight
The road is straight and dry
I would die to ride
In your full badge bar tonight

Money Retail & Millionaires

Written By: Sarah Glynn

I’m in a line
Strangest faces stare me down we all look left look right around
It’s unbeknownst to me I think we all look kind of goofy
I push pause
You should check this out yourself in privacy or play-do house
People drive in bubble cars but not the trees and not the stars

But I’m going to have to close my eyes
To money retail & millionaires
I might find you were right

I don’t know why
What we want is not in the stores yet we still shop and we still find
My closet’s full of nine wrong things I think I’ll have to hide
I’m starting to swim
It’s to my ankles to my knees it’s to my snout it’s to my sneeze
These people in the houses don’t know what they’re missing

But I’m going to have to close my eyes
To money retail & millionaires
I might find you were right

I told you one time, not too far
Told you two times, not too far
I tell you three times, not too far!

Should I Could I

Written By: Sarah Glynn

Let her go, don't talk about it
I'm tired of holding on
This world was never made for recalls
I'm tired of holding on

CHORUS
Should I, could I?
You'll hurt me like before
It's true that you
Will hurt me more and more
Should I, could I?
You'll hurt me like before
It's true that you
Impose the hand outside the door

You dig around like you lost your trophy
The firelight's about out
This girl is never what she could be
I'm tired of holding on

CHORUS

Discography

ALBUMS--
To Sweeten Up - 2004
Lucy & the Luck Band - 2000

EP'S--
EP Especial - 2003
To Sweeten Up EP - 2003

Set List

Currently, an SGB set is between 45 minutes and 1 hour in length. Most songs are between 3 to 5 minutes. A typical setlist might look like this:

1) Money Retail & Millionaires
2) Should I Could I?
3) Us Girls
4) Riddle to Stay
5) My Best Friend
6) Full Badge Bar
7) Neruda
8) Don't Say No
9) Solve Me
10) One Day Older
11) Young Emergency
12) You Always You Never
13) To Sweeten Up
14) Outta Style
15) Stronger than Workouts