glooplines

For a few years now, Gloop, the former Frederick trio that recently relocated to Baltimore, has unapologetically filled ears and heads alike with a blend of noise rock that leaves mouths bloody.

To hear them evolve from the aggression of 2017’s “Junk Drawer” to September’s “Smiling Lines” is a thrill, because of both the excitement their maturity brings, and the doors it opens up for further exploration.

“Your Heart Claps For Me,” a single off “Smiling Lines,” uses that signature antagonistic approach while also taking time midway through the track to settle down in a way that lets off the gas ever so beautifully (drummer Max Detrich even goes to the ride cymbal, which is a pleasant surprise). None of this suggests these guys have lost their edge. Rather, it’s a statement of growth, trading in static for sustenance.

Add in multiple iterations of the first two words of the song’s namesake and it’s the sound of a band ready for its next chapter, complete with vocals that are just a wee bit more prominent than they’ve been in previous mixes the band has offered. Plus, clocking in at less than two minutes, Gloop proves once again that they adhere to one of the most overlooked and under-appreciated values in songwriting: Keep it short, keep it simple and leave ‘em wanting more.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic.

Follow Colin McGuire on Twitter: @colinpadraic

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