Photos by G.
It’s stories like the one I am about to share that restore my faith in humanity! On February 10, 2012, Portland’s Italo disco-duo Glass Candy performed a very exclusive show at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York to kick off Fashion Week. When the evening began, I had no idea what I was in for. A couple of my friends, whose advice I listen to, are really big fans of Glass Candy, so I assumed with that knowledge I would also like the band. That was the understatement of the year! Adhering to my wacky rule of discovering a band’s music for the first time as they are performing it in front of my eyes, I loved Glass Candy from the second they stepped on stage. Lead singer Ida No, who changes her look for each show, looked fabulous in a style that was reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and musician Johnny Jewel’s great beats could get the harshest critic shaking their moneymaker on the dance floor. As described so accurately on their Wikipedia page, their music could be filed between Olivia Newton-John, Suicide and Schooly D!
After their hour long set was over, the band invited my friend and I to come and hang out with them and spending time with Ida No and Johnny Jewel was such a pleasurable experience. A great thing about Glass Candy is that not only do they make great music, but they have an inspiring DIY esthetic that affords them the luxury of getting to connect with fans across the world while maintaining creative control of the business aspects of their music. They design their own art work and often sell their music directly to fans at their concerts. As a result, they’ve been able to maintain a loyal fan base across the globe and have cut out the unnecessary middle man. Most importantly, Glass Candy is all about spreading the love and not the hate! It’s infectious and one can only wish and hope that this outlook on life spreads across the body of rock and roll!
I spoke with Johnny Jewel and Ida No at great length after the show and we talked about everything from music to their basic spiritual beliefs. Both Johnny and Ida are so grounded, so grateful and so great! It was an absolute pleasure talking to them about the feelings they get when a fan shares with them one of their great Glass Candy moments. I also enjoyed speaking about the trappings of fame and what people like Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey must be going through when the world has built them up only to tear them down. Another great thing about Glass Candy was they also enjoyed hearing my view point on things instead of the usual ego-stroking that so many rock stars can’t seem to get past. Before the night was over, we were joined by Alan Palomo of Neon Indian and he was lovely to speak with as well. At nearly 3 in the morning, it was time to say good night and I told Ida and Johnny that I’d be back to see them and that I found their energy and enthusiasm inspiring. I highly recommend you check out Glass Candy’s music and support a band who make music for musics’ sake! Thanks again Glass Candy!