Thursday, 09 February 2012
By Charlie Crago
While Albuquerque is repeatedly referred to as a “metal city,” locals The Glass Menageries
shift sonic gears, championing loving lullabies of livid languish to
the downtown masses. The Glass Ms, with a band roster filled by staples
of the city’s live music scene, appropriate just the right ratio of
birth and destruction. Though much of the band’s catalogue maintains a
softer, almost angelic quality, which is enhanced in large part due to
the seraphim voices of Gena Lawson and Mauro Kemmerer, the new album Edge of a Knife is never lacking in tones of chaos and mayhem, summoned by the percussion prowess of Chris Newman.
The short version is as follows: Go see the Glass Ms birth Edge of a Knife before a live audience. You might cry, you might explode and you’ll probably leave feeling better about the current state of music in the world. In the words of Lawson, “We love the build-up of sounds, the layers and emotions a song can have a listener travel through, and we really try to create those landscapes and images within our songs.” Who would say no to that?