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Bat (Glyder)

Interview with Bat from Glyder
by Grigoris Chronis at 05 December 2006, 12:12 AM

Excerpt #1: You have to admire a band like AC/DC who were the same 30 years ago as they are today. I want us to be a working man's band!!!r>r>Excerpt #2: I live in this amazing little village in the Wicklow Mountains. There are two pubs and that's it! Every six weeks or so we have a Rock night and everyone is a Rock musician. The people in the bands are all the guys I grew up with, their wives and girlfriends, cousins, brother and sisters . There is a girl band that compromises of a friend's wife , my fiancé and my friend's sister. There is a band of 5 brothers, they all have long hair and range in age from 16 to 32 . It's crazy. These 5 guys work as stone masons in the local quarry and it's bizarre, you wouldn't find it anywhere else in the world.  Its all cover versions except for us. It's a great get together to play and enjoy Rock music and drink lots of beer. Rock music is what keeps the soul alive!!r>r>Do you need more to start reading this interesting review by this amazing Irish band? Bat, how jealous I am, you will never truly know…

Greetings from Metal-Temple.com magazine!

Thank you!, Hello everyone!

Well, to get to know Glyder better, let’s start off with a band once called Funky Junction. How was this outfit ’transformed’ to Glyder and in what way was another band by the name ’Hollywood’ related to Glyder?

We started off playing covers around 2002 and toured in Europe and Ireland. The band was Tony, Davy and myself and Jerry Mc Evoy (not the Rory Gallagher bass player, same name and also a bassist!) and Paul Ryan (Davy’s brother). We wrote a few songs and the track Stargazer popped into the set at the time. We were called Funky Junction which was the name of a covers band that Thin Lizzy formed in ? and recorded an album of Deep Purple covers. Not too many people copped that!!!

Jerry and Paul were not very interested in doing original material and for one reason or another the band split up, Tony, Davy and I started a three-piece covers band and we were asked to play at this concert in Dublin to remember Phil Lynott, called Vibe for Philo. We were paired off with a guitar player called Greg Barnes for the night and a guy called Widgeon Holland, a Texan Blues virtuoso, and we had a great time. After the gig we went back to being a three-piece. Tony and I then decided that we had what it took to write our own music and become successful. We got in a school-friend of Davy and Tony’s called Pete Fisher to complete the line up. At this stage we were called Hollywood - after the Thin Lizzy song - and a village nearby called Hollywood. We all hated the name so after about a year we changed it.

So, it was your decision to change the band’s name to Glyder. What does it mean, by the way?

We knew we always wanted to change the name and just before we finished the debut with Chris Tsangarides we changed the name. Glider is a small aircraft with no engine, kinda floats in the air, goes with the breeze; I think the name really suits us , if you get to know the lads. They are very laid back and especially Davy’s very natural effortless style of drumming….like a breeze.

So, Glyder have already released their excellent debut album and our first question would be: how did you come in contact with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides? Did you find him or vice versa (laughs)?

We sent him our demos; he liked them . I searched the Net and found his email address on a Gary Moore website. I e-mailed him, got his address, sent him the demos, he flew to Ireland, met us and we went to London and recorded the album.

I guess you’re more than satisfied from his contribution to your same-titled debut? Really, how ’fun’ was the recording/mixing period?

He did a great job, he did all the keyboards and he gave us a great sound. The recording was great and interesting, Chris has a great sense of humour so it made it fun. We had no money left after the recording so we went back to Ireland and Chris mixed it on his own; I was happy with the results.

 Glyder sees a band of young (hard) rockers dealing with the Irish/British ’heavy’ sound of the late 70s/early-to-mid 80s, successfully achieving to ’update’ the outgoing result to today’s needs. First of all, how come you wanted to play this kinda ’retro’ (for young people) music?

After Funky Junction it seemed like a natural progression, we played classic Rock covers so to write that sort of music was natural. I really found it hard to listen to newer bands and the music I loved was from that era.

The debut album’s songwriting sees a strong relation - apart from the Thin Lizzy legend - to many bands from the (so called) NWOBHM movement? I saw lots of early Iron Maiden, Diamond Head, Gaskin, Praying Mantis and - even - ’early 80s’ Motorhead in your album. Do you consider the band as fans of the specific genre?

Not really, to be honest I don’t listen or even know some of those bands! The one I do love however is Maiden. I’m the eldest in the band and those bands were gone before I started to listen to Rock music. I think we definitely have a strong influence of early Maiden.  The music that I love is Lizzy, Maiden, Purple, Sabbath, Dio, Whitesnake, Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Zeppelin etc. I’m not really well up on the NWOBHM scene. The names of the bands are familiar . I know a little Diamond Head through Metallica but that’s it. Many people have made the comparison to the NWOBHM and I know where they are coming from.

’PUP’ stands for ’Pretty Useless People’, right? This is your first video and we’re glad to see it’s going really well as a promo tool? Was it your decision to shoot a video for this specific track?

This is our 3rd video! But the best one. It is going OK as a promotional tool. I’ve tried to get it onto some music channels in the UK but they are not interested. They seem only to be interested in Emo and American Punk. One Irish station picked up on it and played it over 25 times! I think it’s a great video and a lot of fun and I try send out copies to as many people as I can. I decided to make a video for this track because I felt that we could make a really good video for it using a small budget.

Really, who’s in charge of the songwriting in Glyder? Do you often have disagreement(s) on what part(s) you should include in your tunes while composing music?

On the debut it was mainly Tony and myself. I was the main riff writer and Tony the main song writer. Tony and Pete wrote some riffs too and I wrote some songs. The next album will be more of a team effort. We don’t argue at all when we write. We have a good vibe and I’m really enjoying the buzz. Pete I would say contributes a lot with his solos. They are very well-constructed and beautiful. There is a new song called Sweets and the solo is like Randy Rhoads. It is amazing and beautiful. Pete is no shredder but he writes great solos and that to me is more important than flurries of meaningless notes. Davy is getting more involved adding rhythm bits on the drums etc…all very exciting!

Ah, we should add something for the ’lyrics’ part. What are the lyrics dealing with, in general?

I wrote Stargazer while sitting in the back garden at home. I live deep in the Wicklow Mountains and there is a lot of natural beauty; I was sitting on an old stone wall in the back garden at night and it was peaceful and serene. I was having a smoke (now quit) and thinking about life and death and the stars were clear in the sky the Pleiades shimmer on the midnight seas. Colour Of Money was written about gangs in a Bronx type environment. I wrote the first draft of the lyrics and the verse bridge chorus. Tony then took it and reworked the lyrics and added to the verse. You Wont Bring Me Down was an idea I had years ago and Tony rewrote all the lyrics about a personal relationship situation. I wrote PUP about reality TV and the celebrity culture we live in. Tony wrote One For The Lost about a suicidal friend. In She’s Got It, Tony wrote about one night stands. Saving Face is Tony’s take on preachers. Takin’ Off was one of the first few songs Tony wrote and is fairly self explanatory. Die Or Dance is a Tony lyric about war from a soldiers perspective. NCL is a classic Tony composition and I’m not too sure about the lyrics but it’s about rogues and thieves and how they make up story’s….lies.

Do you feel music and lyrics should get along together, or it’s the music that counts mostly? Many bands are willing to spread messages via their songs, while other bands/artists give little interest in ’inking’ something special in words. You’re Irish, of course, so I guess you are keen on watching out for some good lyrics also!

I think lyrics are a very important part of the song. If the lyrics have no meaning it’s hard to take the song seriously. Every band has a different approach. Some bands want to send a political message and some want to write about sex, others about Satanism etc. I’m more into the story-telling lyrics. I thing a song should be a story, if you go back to old ballads from any culture the lyrics usually are a story. Obviously music is as important and you have to have interesting music too.

Dueling guitars can be certified as the ’trademark’ in Glyder. This is not the only thing that brings Thin Lizzy in mind in Glyder, but - since mentioning it - which do you think is the thin line between using your influence(s) when composing music and simply stealing ideas/patrons?

Twin guitars were around before Lizzy and were very prominent in early 70’s music. Lizzy definitely made their stamp with it and popularized it. I think if someone tries to sound like someone they will cross that line. We don’t try to sound like Lizzy, we just happen to. That’s why I think people like us, because the influence is very clear but its not crossing that line. I think people will understand what I’m getting at when they listen to the music.

Back to guitars, Ireland did bring out some extraordinaire axemen in the (general) Rock world. How would you like Glyder to be remembered in the end of your (I hope long-live) career? I can recall a Phill Lynott’s quote in a 80s interview, when he stated he’d like Thin Lizzy to (also) be remembered for their guitarists.

I would like to be remembered as band that wrote great songs. Great guitar playing is no good without great songs. I would like to write music that is timeless and you can listen to it in 20 years time and it still has a vibe to it. I don’t want to follow trends and compromise our sound to sell records. You won’t see us with make up or Emo boy hairdos. They are all fags and will look back in 10 year and hate themselves. I will be able to look back and go that was me then the same as I am now except I looked a bit fresher. You have to admire a band like AC/DC who were the same 30 years ago as they are today. I want us to be a working man’s band!!!

Is Southern Ireland an ideal place to write some bluesy Hard Rock music? Really, what’s life like in the Wicklow Mountains for rockers?

Yeah, totally. Blues-based music has a truth about it. It’s the music that speaks from the heart. Its what real Rock is all about. I live in this amazing little village in the Wicklow Mountains. There are two pubs and that’s it! Every six weeks or so we have a Rock night and everyone is a Rock musician. The people in the bands are all the guys I grew up, their wives and girlfriends, cousins, brother and sisters . There is a girl band that compromises of a friend’s wife , my fiancé and my friend’s sister. There is a band of 5 brothers, they all have long hair and rang in age from 16 to 32 . It’s crazy. These 5 guys work as stone masons in the local quarry and its bizarre you wouldn’t find it anywhere else in the world.  Its all cover versions except for us. It’s a great get together to play and enjoy Rock music and drink lots of beer. Rock music is what keeps the soul alive!!

Are you interested in today’s music? I mean, do you have interest in ’current’ bands/styles?

Yes some of it. There are some good bands. I like some of the modern trendy stuff and some of it I detest. We all like the Foo Fighters. I like my Chemical Romance, Funeral For A Friend and bits of the music you would hear on the music channels on the telly. I like Killswitch Engage. I also like the Darkness. Two bands that piss me off are a band called Aiden who are so bad and seem to dominate the music channels. Trivium irritate me, that song We Are The Fire bugs me. The music is good but their arrogance pisses me off.

Glyder has received kick-ass feedback from the vast majority of Press/fans worldwide. Still, is it - in addition - some notable musicians’ ’warm’ comments that confirm the value of this band? I saw great response from bands like Hawkwind, John Sykes or -even - Annihilator regarding your debut album.


Yes, we got a few nice comments. The feedback from the album was great but it still hasn’t translated into sales. We are finding it difficult to get gigs and tours. It’s so hard to convince an agent to book us. We are a great live band and its criminal that we aren’t out there on the road all the time. I think once we get on the road there will be no turning back and the album will start to sell.

Speaking about John Sykes, tell us something bout your support slot to the ’updated’ Thin Lizzy tour support slot in 2005. Are you ’positive’ towards Sykes’ decision to name the band as ’Thin Lizzy’?

I think It’s their right to make a living from that name. I know it will never be ’Thin Lizzy’ without Phil but you have to understand that that’s all these guys have to make a living. In fact, I know that Phil was a great character and often took more credit than he was due for songwriting. I don’t think Lizzy would have been as brilliant without Scott Gorham’s contribution. As long as they don’t release an album with new material under the ’Lizzy’ name I won’t care. But then again it’s not really my business, who am I to say?

A statement on Philomena Lynnot’s comments for Glyder? Rather encouraging words for your scope, right?

Yes, she is a great woman and has helped us by telling people about us. She is a wonderful warm woman with a lot of Irish heart!

For the future: when should we expect the follow-up to Glyder? Have you completed any songs that are gonna be included in the sophomore album? Will we be lucky enough to see Chris Tsangarides again behind the console?

We hope to have the new album out next year. It is almost written and we are full of inspiration. The next album will be very interesting and will be us progressing and also allowing us to showcase the other side of Glyder that wasn’t on the debut. We wrote some material that wasn’t used on the debut as Chris wanted to create a real heavy Rock album. We have a mellow side, too. But we will still be delivering mainly up-tempo in-your-face Rock. We recorded a session for Irish Radio last week and recorded 2 new songs for it. It will be broadcast on Dec 11th  (follow this link and you should be able to tune in via the Internet that night to listen to them: http://www.rte.ie/2fm/2fmstudiosessions/). We hoped to have Chris as the producer but it doesn’t seem too likely now. Chris has become very busy again. He is also very expensive and the sort of returns we are making from the album mean that we may have to produce ourselves unless we can get a label to finance it.

I hope things will turn out the way you want it! Thanks a lot for your spare time! We wish all the best for Glyder’s future!

Thanks, Greg!



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