Have you heard of the American band Glass Cases from Colorado?
If you haven’t, you should be checking them out NOW!
Although the band is pretty new — started to release material in 2018 — they got a promising future. Just listen to their latest, which is entitled “Growing Up”, it is my new ear-worm with its beautiful melodies and talented musicality. The song’s message is also one that we can all relate to: even though we face the chaos of growing up (and even the adult world), everything is going to be alright.
Glass Cases’ “Growing Up”: Short and Sweet
Clocking at two minutes and thirteen seconds. “Growing Up” is one of the shortest songs I have ever reviewed. But, don’t dismiss the song entirely due to its length. There is a lot to listen to! One thing to listen for is its musicality. From the very first note, listeners will notice that the tune is uptempo with the singer and a ukulele taking lead. Of course, there are other instruments like a piano and drums that come into mid-song. But, the ukulele and the vocals take center stage.
The ukulele and the vocals are perfect together, captivating the listener with each note. The vocals are especially captivating with its silvery and honeyed tone. With the vocals and ukuleles, the song reminds me of another song, but I can’t put my finger on it. What does this song remind you of?
Where Do I Belong?
The message of “Growing Up” is basically what the title means: growing up and navigating the adult world. There are points of our lives where we felt, as we awkwardly growing up, that we feel alone. Yet, when we enter public spaces, there are people who we don’t know stare at us, judging our every move. We feel unsure about who we are and where we belong in this world.
The song goes on to describe the quintessential parts of adult life: not getting enough sleep, portraying a false identity of oneself, being late, and missing loved ones. Despite these drawbacks, the singer reassures that even though the craziness of this life, everything is going to be alright.
In the second verse, the singer points out one more thought that we all have had many times before: what happens if things turn for the worse? Glass Cases uses a metaphor of a plane to explain how we make choices in life once things turn sour. I am the pilot of my life (aka “the plane”, I am in control of my own life. But, what happens when it starts to take a nosedive: should I eject from it or should I crash with it? Have you had a similar thought before?
Although “Growing Up” by Glass Cases is a short tune, it is definitely a must-listen with its marvelous melodies, captivating vocals and ukulele, and a theme found in the lyrics that is super relatable. We all have experienced the parts of growing up and living the adult life like what was mentioned throughout “Growing Up”. We all have faced making “do-or-die”-type of choices, asking ourselves where we truly belong in this world and going through the motions of life. Yet, through this chaos, “Growing Up” perfectly reminds us that, in the end, everything is going to be alright.
Take a listen to “Growing Up” below and tell me what you think in the comments! I look forward to hearing the Glass Cases’ new album next month as they sound promising!
About the Artist: Glass Cases
According to the band’s official website:
Glass Cases brings whole new energy to the pop and synth-rock genre. The acrobatic vocals of bassist Alex Van Keulen are paired with the spoken word stylings of Austin Seifert, bouncing between ukulele and piano, giving the group an attention-grabbing sound underpinned by the dynamic rhythms of drummer Cameron Greene.
The trio has been making their presence heard in their native state of Colorado, playing shows across the front range and gaining significant features and radio play from many Colorado radio stations, including Colorado Public Radio’s Indie 102.3, the Air Force Academy’s 97.7 KAFA, and Colorado Springs’ 103.9 RXP. They continue to assertively expand their listening base through a friendly and confident grassroots campaign, both in person and on social media.
These songs are a result of struggle. They are written, both lyrically and musically, with the intent of giving listeners hope, solidarity and strength in the things they are facing.
The band is releasing a new album next month. Be sure to check it out!
You can find Glass Cases on these social media sites:
Facebook — Instagram — Twitter — Youtube — Apple Music — Spotify
This Post Has 55 Comments
What a fun song. I love the ukulele and what it brings to the overall sound.
I have not heard of the group before, but I like the message of the song. Growing up isn’t always easy, but it’s a necessity of life and always good to have the reminder, even in song form, that we don’t all always know what we are doing! But, stick with it and everything is ok.
I haven’t heard of this group before. It sounds like a great song though. I’ll have to listen to it because yes, growing up isn’t easy at all.
I have to say, this is actually a nice song with a good message. Never heard of Glass Cases but I’ll keep my ears open for them from now on
I have not heard of this group. I will have to listen to some of their songs.
What a soothing song this is! I could definitely listen to it and just zone out!
This was a very catchy tune with a very poignant message. It kind of reminds me of the Plain White T’s.
It is such a cool song. And I love the message you point out here. Very cool. Growing up really does take a lot of navigation if you want to do it right.
Great song, love the message it brings. The video is cool too!
I haven’t heard of this group, but this is a great tune… will definitely check them out!
I haven’t heard of this band. I’ll add them to my growing Playlist. I love the picture edit they have in their album.
I had never heard of this band before. Great find! I quite enjoyed the tune!
I’m a bit older and yet relate with this song as does my 24 year d niece! It spans age groups. Glass Cases are a fabulous sound and I really hope they continue on this path – they’re just that good/great.
loving this song is so good
I really like to the message in the song. It is all a part of growing up. We just go through life and we are all her to make sense of it though each life span we reach. Love the positivity in the message!!!!
This song is totally my style – relaxed, folky and with a message! Love it. Thanks for sharing.
That really is an important lesson! Thanks for sharing
I’ve never heard of this group before but I love the message a lot! Great song.
It’s a lovely tune. I love this kind of music. Thanks so much for sharing it. Saving it to my music playlist!
It’s the first time I heard of this. It’s a nice song.
It’s a message that everyone can resonate with. Knocks you right back down memory lane!
Cool tune! and the graphics on this post is awesome!
I love this song, it’s very catchy. The singer’s voice is so clear and genuine. Thanks!
They look great and cool! They’re an interesting group and I might look into them.
Growing up is rough, it took me a long time to find out who i am. and i found that when i stopped giving a damn about what others thought and started loving me it got a lot easier. I think even at almost 30 I am still growing and learning but I will get there!
I love reading about the discovery of new music for new bands and I would love to check this band 🙂
I haven’t heard about this band. I guess I need to start listening to their musics.
What a great tune. This is the first I’m hearing of them.
Sounds like a pretty good song. It has a great message at that. I have to check it out. I have never heard this song before.
Wow what a fun song! I’ve never heard of them before but I’ll look into them. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
Wow I’ve never heard of glass cases but they sound like such an empowering and fun group. I often think about: do we ever really grow up? I still feel young despite knowing I’m not.
Ohh I love discovering new music. I’m so glad I found your post. I will have to take a listen.
Oh wow, I’ve def gotta check them out! Sounds cool!
I haven’t listened to this band before, bu from your perspective, I think indeed, they have a promising future. I’ve listened to similar bands like this though
I had never heard of this group until now but the music is so catchy that I am already falling in love with this song. I am so glad I came across your post about it. Thanks for sharing!
The song was like a melody to my ears, I listened to it on repeat for like 3 or 4 times before coming to the comments section.
My teens might like this! This is a perfect growing up song.
I’ve never heard of them either, but sound awesome! Up and coming artists!
I love a good song with a good message! I’ll have to check this group out!
I never heard about this group I will definitely going to listen this band for sure
It is a beautiful song. And I do really love the way they use the ukelele. I know my daughter’s auntie’s band used it to great effect.
I am always in awe of the music that I discover on this site.
I’ve never heard this band but I would love to check their music it sounds interesting!
The song officially landed on my playlist. I’ve never heard about them before this blog post, but the music is amazing!
I love this song, I headed over to Facebook and have shared – good luck with your venture, you have a nice sound!
I have just listened to the song it’s pretty fun! I like the positivity and super cute ukulele
I have never heard of them. Looks like I need to dig out their songs and listen to them.
Very nice song. .excellent message. Ty for sharing.
Seems like they are a wel talented group.Yes,there are short songs but really beautiful.Length doesn’t matter always.
Haven’t heard of this group yet! The song has kinda good vibe. Love it! Thanks for introducing it to us.
I like the song! It’s easy to listen to and catchy. Navigating the adult world is tough. Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way, but I think it makes us better people as a whole.
Although I have never heard of Glass Cases I love music and I have many genres on my playlist.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog article.I learned something new from it. Thanks again.
Great band great music. I never heard of them before. But listening t their music I would say they were very promising in the future music industry.
First time hearing about this group! Its definitely a vibe!