What Glean were eventually able to do was assemble last autumn’s three-song Things We Must Embrace EP. Completed by drummer Brady Schiller, the group dug deeper into their own sound and doubled-down on the things that got them excited: the hooks were stronger and more pronounced, the guitars more nuanced in their layers, and Dorian’s roared vocal counterpoints were more prominent in the mix.
Muggs points to Evanston, the closing song on Glean’s demo, as an important mile marker – in its four minutes it moves from spoken word samples to raging hardcore and anthemic guitar lines in the style of Hot Water Music. “I mean, texturally, I think there’s a lot more going on,” he says of the ensuing Things We Must Embrace. “Evanston is like a musical journey,” he adds. “It’s got the ebb and flow, and you can kind of sense that [influence] in the song structures on the EP. It kind of sucks you in, and there are the peaks and the valleys.”
Glean’s new music will mine a slightly different side of their sound. Recording with Max Epstein and Stefan Mac, who worked on their EP, the band have plans for another self-release that will get in and out a little faster. “They’re more short-and-sweet, to the point,” Muggs says, clapping his hands for emphasis.
“It’s not necessarily like we go into it thinking, ‘Okay, this song, we’re gonna stretch it out.’ It's kind of just whatever the vibe is and the way it starts developing,” he continues. “If it goes that way, it goes that way. If we bring a riff to the table and we construct the rest together, and it just ends up being a two-minute song that’s just like a gut punch, boom, boom, boom, one and done, so be it.”