Sept. 16, 2004

Seymour Glass is More than Carson Daly Tie-In

By Randy J. Klodz

New York natives Seymour Glass, the first act signed to 456 Entertainment, the record label created by MTV VJ-turned-late night show host Carson Daly, will be making its first trek to Chicago in support of one of Chicago’s favorite bands Kill Hannah for a Sept. 18 show at Metro.

Seymour Glass is not a solo project, nor is there a band member with that name. In fact, Seymour Glass guitarist Steve Pepe said the band’s affection toward the literary work of J.D. Salinger and the fact that when the band’s name is said aloud it sounds like “See More Glass,” inspired the band’s name. Singer Artie Kitchen, bassist/pianist James Federico and drummer Sal Guanti round out the quartet.

Supporting the Aug. 24 release of the band’s debut album, “Note to Self,” the band is ready to showcase its fuzzy rock/alternative rock/piano-driven sound to those not living in the state of New York. The band’s unique sound will soon be getting them known for more than “the first band on Carson Daly’s record label,” but the band is proud of Daly’s reputation and professionalism.

Pepe said that Daly stepped in periodically during “Note to Self” recording sessions to offer his input, taking an active role in the creation process of one of his artists, instead of being a celebrity head attached to a record label.

“It’s someone that’s outside of our group of friends,” Pepe said of Daly, one of the biggest fans of Seymour Glass. “Not to mention somebody that’s a celebrity. It’s a pretty cool thing.”

“Trigger Finger” starts off with a lounge-room piano solo, with the jazz piano riff continuing throughout various parts of the song, complete with echo vocals, jangy guitars and tight drum work, which make Seymour Glass tough to pin down the band’s style of rock into any given music genre. The swelling guitar intro to “Hypervent,” the first track on “Note to Self,” yields to Artie Kitchen’s strong high-low singing voice and a soundtrack for the heartbroken. Other tracks “Chemicals,” “A Drive By,” “Car Crash” and the album’s mellow ender “Everytime” are must-listens.

Metro is at 3730 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $15 each with a show start time of 7 p.m. For more information on Seymour Glass log on to www.seymourglass.tv.

Seymour Glass Photo: Stephen Murray