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!
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