By Laura Ferreiro
Photo: Danny NorthThe first words Glasvegas frontman James Allan uses to describe his band's new album are "unsymmetrical" and "out of balance." These aren't words your average musician would use to describe their work, but Allan is no ordinary frontman.
A former pro soccer player in his native Scotland, Allan is often referred to as "the people's poet" for writing bitingly honest and insightful lyrics that he delivers with raw, visceral emotion on hits such as "Daddy's Gone" and "Geraldine."
The Scottish quartet's highly anticipated third album, Later… When the TV Turns to Static, which hits stores Tuesday, features a heartfelt collection of songs that tackle universal themes of loneliness and lost love amidst a screeching wash of guitars that create a Spector-esque wall of sound. Simultaneously challenging and accessible, the new album harkens back to Glasvegas' critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut, which received a nomination for the prestigious British Mercury Prize for its "bittersweet sounds of classic rock 'n' roll" and "gloriously elegiac anthems of contemporary life."Read More »from Glasvegas Battle Shadow and Light on Ambitious New Album