On June 3rd, 2022, Glass Hands put out their very much anticipated EP and last final project with frontman Adam Anderson titled, “Detox”. On June 25th, 2022 they played their release show and what would be Adams' final show with the band, at the home for local bands alike in Indianapolis, the Hoosier Dome. As a music listener, I have been extremely vocal about what this band has done for me and how their music has spoken to me these past several years. This EP is oddly enough the beginning and end of two different chapters for the band and the members in it. Jack Rainbolt (guitar), Jon Iosue (guitar), Spencer Tillman (bass), Nathan Pearson (drums), and Adam Anderson (former frontman), have always made it easy to be entirely captivated during a live set. Though Nathan joined on drums only four years ago, this collective group has been making music and/or playing music together for the last twelve years. In everything this band has done, every member has made a mark and a legacy. Through their music, through their genuineness, and through putting on some of the craziest, most heart-felt, emotional live performances I have ever been able to watch and capture.
Though the band will be moving forward without Adam, even after hopes from what seems like everyone that the tables will turn at the last minute for this one, Adam has been very vocal about his love for the remaining members but insists it is his time to move on. It is clear no matter what the future holds for this band, they will all be supporting each other just as they have been, for all of these years. The love these members prove to have time and time again is clear and will never disappear.
Sitting and figuring out what I could say about this band that I haven't before, I have come to the realization that I will never be able to put into words what it has meant watching this specific lineup, live. There is nothing I could write or words that could ever leave my mouth, to let anyone know what it is like to stand at the front of the stage and watch this band perform. Standing there screaming words right back to them, watching every single member be in their element and give to us everything they have in those moments. It is something that goes without saying in the Indy scene right now, there are very big shoes to fill in Glass Hands moving forward but I do not believe this is anything to be sad about. As a fan and someone who has adored this band and music for years now, I was sad to think of the band without a key component until I watched them at this release show. Adam does not make Glass Hands. Glass Hands does not define him as a human. There is legacy and talent that will always remain with the songs that he was a part of but this band, this damn band in every aspect has all the potential they need to grow and go even further. I believe that so deep in my heart. It shows tremendously on stage and on this latest EP.
Glass Hands from an outsider looking in, is just getting started.
Since this is the last collection of songs the current lineup of the band will put out and there are only five songs, I wanted to really dive (no pun intended) deep into what I learned from it. I wanted to find out what it really means to hear these songs and stories and accept what they were telling me personally. Music is so subjective. The following outline of “Detox” the latest EP by Glass Hands, is all from my own perspective and interpretation. By no means is any of this based on factual information, only what I personally have taken from each song.
Detox is a collection of songs for just that. Detoxing from people, places, and substances. It is finding comfort in trying to change for the better. It is finding hope and accepting what you feel about what you have done. Who you are. Who you have loved. It is a gasp for air when you have been sinking for so long. This is collectively one of the most captivating records I have listened to in the last few years. It is angry, it is groovy, it is a whole other world. Glass Hands never, ever disappoints. They always seem to bring light to the most vulnerable feelings we can have as humans. They are never short of bringing hope to the surface when dealing with your past and your vices. With or without Adam, moving forward all I hope for this band is to continue making us feel something. Making people like me feel heard. Making music listeners like me feel like there is a safe place to go when my mind gets carried away.
I expect nothing less from this band and I look forward to all that is to come for them.
“Detox” was written by Glass Hands themselves and produced by Andrew Wade.
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Photo & Review written by: Cass Martin