This was our back-to-basics album, after the philosophical grandiosity and wild genre experimentation of the last one. Speaking for myself, at least, I wanted to recapture the uncomplicated punk energy of our early songs, but now with the (relative) emotional maturity of a 30-year-old brought to bear on the lyrics.
I had also fallen back in love with the electric guitar. The Graves album featured every instrument that anyone in the band had ever played (or could quickly learn to play), and having successfully purged all that from my system, I wanted to see what kind of album we could write if I dug into my Gibson Les Paul and forced myself to create almost every soundscape on the album from that one instrument.
Lyrically, I’ve described this before as “a punk rock album about growing up”. Zack and I lost our grandfather during the writing of this record, and before that happened there were other areas of my life that had collapsed already. I was also quietly grappling, more than ever, with whatever beige, monolithic force it is that crushes the playfulness and exuberance out of a person as they grow older and are expected to act like an adult. There is a tension there, between the need to become the person others are depending on you to be and the need to be fully alive and have an outlet for joy. This album (and the excerpts from a fictional novel that are scattered throughout its liner notes) are largely about that tension.
– Matt LeFevers, 2018
This album was the first one in our history where we succeeded in making a video for every single song. Click below to start the playlist.
See all lyrics for this album at Genius.com,
along with annotations by songwriter Matt LeFevers.
Or view the album’s liner notes booklet as a gallery:
“Immediately, the album starts with a sense of familiarity as we are reminded of the sounds of mid-2000’s pop punk. The band shines best through their succinct instrumentals, and it is very obvious that this group has been playing together for a long time. Each riff and lead line weave in and out of the other instruments. […] While it may not be for everybody, there are certainly great things happening within the sonic structure created by This Glass Embrace. They certainly know how to compliment each other’s playing style and they build upon simple and familiar sounds to make something of their own.”
– Justin Cassidy, Sounds and Tones Records
“[This Glass Embrace] plays a distinct mixture of indie rock and post-hardcore on most of their records, although the noisier and rougher post-hardcore parts have been kept to a minimum on “Don’t Let Your Eyes Forget The Stars”. The plethora of different instruments that spiced up a folkier sound on their previous record has been left out here to go for a simpler sound that puts the lyrics and melodies very much in focus. […] That does not, however, mean that the sound or creativity in songwriting in general suffers, as is evident from the very first atmospheric, echoing moments of the “Intro” track that opens the album…”