• Zoe Waggitt

SINGLE REVIEW | Glass Ceilings - I Don't Mind

Birmingham-based Glass Ceilings are a four-piece indie rock band, made up of three school friends - Lois Masters, Jay Bates and Kate Phelphs - who were later joined by Qemal Torra. The band have been making music and performing together since late 2017.

Their debut single, Talk, was released in December 2018, a whole year after them starting up; this year gave Glass Ceilings time to gain a following and figure out their sound. By the end of 2018 they had played four local gigs and gained 400 followers across various social accounts. A year after that, they've multiple singles and an EP under their belt, and have gathered much more live experience. Eponymous single Liars was recognised by The Future Sound Project as one of September's 'best sounds of Birmingham,' and their tracks have been featured in multiple playlists that are streamed nation- and worldwide. Glass Ceilings' sound takes influence from multiple major indie bands: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats and The 1975. Each track this band has released has been unique and their work channels more than one branch of the indie genre - they ensure they don't just stick to one sound through their writing, which is what makes them exciting, as fans never know what to expect from the quartet next.

Now in 2020, the band are preparing to start their new decade off right with the release of their new single I Don't Mind, which will be out on 19th February. The track begins with quieter instrumentals and an almost isolated voice; we’re forced to just listen and get comfortable whilst listening to the track. As it progresses, the instruments and vocals become stronger, more prominent, more passionate - Glass Ceilings are so keen on what they do and they put their absolute all into their work. I can’t get enough of this track. The three minutes it takes for me to listen to the track are those of bliss; every second more brill than the last. I Don‘t Mind is, personally, Glass Ceilings’ best work yet - I can’t wait for you guys to listen to it and hear it for yourselves.

TRNSMT's Geoff Ellis made the controversial comment "we need to get more females picking up guitars, forming bands, playing in bands," after the uproar of there only being two female artists announced out of thirteen for this year's hit music festival. Here you go, Mr Ellis. A talented band, including girls! The band's ultimate goal is to be one that breaks the stereotype against girls and guitars, and gender split bands; they're also a band for the many: "we want to rid society of the idea that people can't do well if they're not born with money and connections." They're certainly doing that: producing quality songs and impressing crowds no matter in the country where they play. Keep an eye out for Glass Ceilings this year, as I've a feeling they could be something special.

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