Interview: GLUE – Left Without You

Glue is a Manchester based modern blues rock band dubbed by RGM as “ones to watch” Their electric performances have earned them on bills with the likes of John Lydon, Noel Gallagher, The Cribs and Jake Bugg.

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Hi GLUE. Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

O: Hi Readers, I’m Olivia although I don’t know why I say that when people ask my name, I’ve never been called that; I’m Liv and I’m the lead singer

M: and I’m Mary and I’m the guitarist, when we gig it’s as a full band but we write, produce and record all the music just us two

How did your latest single, ‘Left Without You’, come about?

O: well we live in Manchester now but we both come from the middle of nowhere originally and growing up in a place where the nearest bus stop is an hours walk away while having these dreams of being in a band and making a mark in music it can feel stiffling, there wasn’t any opportunities and you’d very rarely meet anyone that properly loved music, I used to read NME and feel like that world was just so far away from mine so when I wrote the song it was really from the perspective of young me talking to a version of me from the future that never got out of that place it was like a warning to myself, like me saying to myself let life pass you by and that future version of you will become a reality

M: Liv bought the song to me and we arranged it together then I produced it in my bedroom at the start of lockdown so it was a quick turn around from beginning to getting it released

Are you planning to make it part of a larger release, such as an EP or album?

O: An album is definitely something we want to work towards in the future I’ve got singles coming out my ears at the moment and for now I think we’ll stick to singles for a while

M: the music industry format is so different now because of the internet, everything is so accessible and everything is just so oversaturated it’s hard to keep people’s attention so in my opinion it’s a risk to bring out an album to early but like Liv said in the future, definitely

The lockdown has affected everyone’s plans right now. What are you doing to stay productive throughout it and are you still able to work on new music?

O: just writing a lot, it’s actually good to get some time to just focus entirely on music we miss gigging a lot thought especially now we have a release we are itching to get gigging again

M: we have been able to carry on working on music, it’s good for us because we can do the whole process without even leaving the house, without having that self sufficient set up we would have been on pause and we wouldn’t be doing this interview right now

What are you listening to at the moment?

O: Mary’s actually got me into a lot of hip hop recently, once you start delving into that world there’s just so much genius to uncover and the production is more similar to ours than say oasis or a classic 4 piece indie rock band sound would be so I’ve been really inspired recently, to name a specific group it has to be NWA, we’ve had a few noise complaints recently listening to them, with lockdown and having this much time on our hands we’ve been getting in those rabbit holes for hours of listening to music and discussing in detail of why we believe it to be genius we go through stages doing that but at the moment it’s very much hip hop

M: Yeah she said it all, Liv has always been very into her rock and roll which reflects in the music she writes and I definitely am too but I’ve always connected with Hip Hop recently I’ve been listening to Kaytranada’s new album, loving that

If you could perform at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?

O: that’s a hard one, it’s not specifically a venue as such but The Pyramid Stage would definitely be top of the list, it’s arguably the most iconic festival stage in the world and since being a kid it’s been the definition of what success in music looks like

M: yeah I would second that

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