The Glory Sea

The Glory Sea

 Auckland, Auckland, NZL
BandAlternativeRock

Melodic, affecting, ambitious rock and roll. Creative anthems, beautiful ballads, danceable rhythms. The Smashing Pumpkins & The Arcade Fire setting sail on the ocean of The Cure to reach the island of U2. A sound that isn't afraid to reach for the sublime without losing the essence of a simple song

Biography

Having played roughly 5 to 6 years together, The Glory Sea has consisted of vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Joel Greatbatch; Lead guitarist and multi instrumentalist Andy Speir; Bassist Ben Cullen and the recent addition of Rob McStay on the drums. After years of honing their craft over many gigs, Parachute Festivals and shows in Australia, TGS have refined themselves down to what works and what doesn't and now starting to record and are perform their best work yet.

Audio wise, they make music that can be loud and confronting, soft and soothing or something simply to get your dance on to. They are essentially the whole package sonically and with a great live show to boot. Their gigs have been known to involve a sweaty communion with it's crowd, and one not afraid to invade the stage during a finale, especially back on the domed White Elephant Stage (Security haven't been as keen to let the masses run amok on the Deluxe Stage).

The threads that tie together their work together over the years are an appreciation for the diversity and grandiose of The Smashing Pumpkins, the emotion and on stage devotion of the Arcade Fire, Switchfoot's dissatisfaction with the human condition, and the lyrical influences of Alfred Tennyson and the other great Victorian poets.

After a hiatus this year with previous drummer Catherine Wild leaving for the UK, and the other members dabbling in various side projects (Joel in Mali Mali, Andy with Luke Parker, Ben playing with Avalanche City on occasion) The Glory Sea are now back on track with new tunes, new recordings and a new talented young drummer. All with a renewed desire to make great music that does more than just entertain, but points to the most important things in life: God, salvation, love, truth, beauty and what it means to be alive.

Lyrics

When We're Apart

Written By: Joel Greatbatch

Verse 1:
I want a destination, I wanna know for sure
I want insinuation, I wanna settle score
I wanna know what it means, to be alive
I want some reservation, I wanna know I'm flawed
No need for revelation, when it is at your door
I wanna know what it means, to be alive
So open up my eyes and show me why

Chorus:
You are the only one I love
You are the only thing that breaks my heart, when we're apart
My mind's a sinking ship, that needs its rats to depart
But they just return, when we're apart

Verse 2:
I need some mediation, I need to be atoned
I want a resurrection, I want a cornerstone
I wanna know what it means, to be alive
I’ll face in-toleration, I’m gonna be ignored
I hate my generation, they hate me even more
I wanna know what it means, to be alive
So open up my eyes and show me why

Bridge:
There's an open hand and not a fist
Now's the time where truth and mercy kiss
What I loved once, what I despise, I open my eyes and show me why..

My Own Soul

Written By: Joel Greatbatch

You took my heart/and set it free/You took my chains you lit my flames/inside of me/
For want of words for a lack of faith and sight/You heard my cries/you bore my lies/you lift my eyes/off of me

A love that’s in constant motion/a joy that is more than notion/I don’t know!/Engaged in my present friction/you’re the cure for my condition/Whoah!/You’re the gate that’s always open/you’re the stream that’s always flowin/I hope so!/’Cos mines the mark that’s always missin/You’re the dart that’s always hittin/My own soul!/

You pulled apart my familiar scars/and you let em bleed/Drew forth my pain/drip dried my shame/and you let me see/No matter what I do/no matter how hard I try/I can’t earn this love/it comes from above/your little white dove/one of three
I can’t earn this love/this love of thine

Phoenix

Written By: Joel Greatbatch

When one thing leads to another, you can stand on me brother
When one thing leads us astray, it’s ok
The good Lord has taken our mother, but we can lean on each other
Our tragedy to discover, we’re ok
We’re ok, we’re ok, we’re ok

Pain bears a message, lets hear what it has to say
Your tears and regrets, are mine, the signs of yesterday
And from these ashes, we’ll rise again some other day
Make me an asset, make me your own and show the way

‘Cause I don’t know about you, but I’d be a fool for love
A slave for all that is true, a martyr for hope and trust
So when we depart from each other, and have taken our lovers
You can still lean on me brother, it’s ok
It’s ok, it’s ok

Pain bears a message, lets hear what it has to say
Your tears and regrets, are mine, the signs of yesterday
And from these ashes, we’ll rise again some other day
Make me an asset, make me your own and show the way

Forget not our fathers, who gave their lives
For sons and daughters to prophesy
Our faithful mothers, with prayers on high
Their sons and daughters shall prophesy
Oh mothers and fathers, now die with pride
Your sons and daughters will prophesy

Discography

Rumours of Light EP 2008
My Own Soul EP 2010
When We're Apart single 2011