"I want to feel young and hopeful," belts out Erik Walters in their song, "Ghost", a swooning, personal, nearly haunting song off Future Self, the first full length album put out by the Spokane, Washington foursome, The Globes. "We're in constant search of our 'future self,' as a band, as people, trying hard to progress onto the next thing" claims Walters, the guitarist and singer for the up and coming rock group. After two EP's, a move up to Seattle and a steady flow of tour dates, The Globes have released their first album on Barsuk Records, out May 17th of this year. Full of dark tones, thrilling guitar techniques and just the right amount innovative, indie rock edge, The Globes are young, talented, and working to balance music, life and growing up.
"The years that music really stuck with me were between ages 17 and 21. I can only speak for myself, but I find that these records are what inspire me in my songwriting, my musicianship, and the way I approach music as a whole," says Walters. "I find myself constantly searching for a record that will make me feel something as strong as what I felt when I was a teenager." While The Globes may certainly have a bit of angst which any growing teen can relate to, saying The Globes is for kids is blasphemy. Their far reaching sound, long instrumental interludes and crooning, sincere lyrics are nothing if not a tangible step towards maturity, noticeably finding their voice with each track.
"I was introduced to music as an early age and was immediately encompassed by it. It seemed that by the time I could read I knew the words and melodies to songs from The Beatles, to Al Stuart, to The Bee-Gees to Crosby, Stills, and Nash," Walter admits. "Growing up, constantly listening to all different types of music, made it a part of me long before I began to play and perform." Despite varied influences, The Globes have worked to create a sound all their own. "When we write songs I feel that we subconsciously try as hard as we can to not sound like the music we listen to. We never really talk about it. As a group, we aren't influenced by specific bands or artists." The Globes frontman goes on to explain, "everyone in the band has their own unique approach to music, their own distinct way of hearing music. I think that's part of the reason we work well together; we're always attempting to juxtapose styles against one another, unknowingly or purposefully."
While Future Self may be their freshman release, The Globes play like senior pros, with grit and serious experience. "The songs were all written well over a year and a half ago. It's sort of a snapshot of who we were as a band at that time. We were young and experimenting and learning how to work together as a group," Walters explains. The title, 'Future Self', comes from the song, 'A Stitch Couldn't Save the World', and sort of defines the album in a sense." Premiering on Epitonic is this signature song, "A Stitch Couldn't Save the World", a song infused with plenty of texture, heart and Globes style.
Future Self is young and hopeful, much like Walters and the rest of The Globes. An album that speaks to your young sensibilities while maintaining an air of experience and artful realities. The next few years are sure to be a road leading towards critical praise and the evolution of their own sound, but in essence The Globes are still just a group of young guys playing music up in Seattle. "We play music together because music is a part of who we are as people," Walters assures. "We're all broke and we still work our asses off to be in a band, so that's got to say something."
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