North East progressive rock band, Glacier, is kicking off their revival after twenty years with a gig at the Georgian Theatre, Stockton. Jake Graham caught up with band member, Bob Mulvey, to talk about the band’s resurgence.
What’s the primary reason for reappearing after twenty years?
Global warming! Seriously, I suppose, like so many bands, there has been a resurgence and a growing demand for many to dust off their instruments and give another airing to some old and new material. For many years the live music scene has been in decline, with many venues closing. However, more bands are now returning to the live circuit and to ever-increasing audiences. Perhaps the trend is returning.
Why was Glacier put on hiatus?
Life – in short. With very little prospect of signing to a record label, the band members needed to earn a living. Over the years, band members have come, gone and returned, but in general we’ve kept in touch and although we’ve not gigged as much, the nucleus of the band has remained together throughout – writing, recording and the occasional concert here and there. So not really a hiatus, more adapting to change.
How has the music industry changed over the course of your career?
Enormously, but more significantly in the last 15 years. Developing technology has allowed bands to record their music, not only to a high standard but at a fraction of the cost. The other breakthrough is the available platforms for bands to get their music to a wider audience – Bandcamp, Soundcloud and YouTube, to mention just a few.
Do you think the changes will be beneficial to Glacier in building a new audience?
It has already, and we believe that it will continue to do so. The days of the elusive “record deal” are further away than ever for many bands and musicians, but at least now there’s an opportunity to have a global presence and readily available listening platforms.
Have you received a response from old fans about the resurgence?
Absolutely, and we are immensely grateful to those who have supported the band over the years. In many respects, their support and encouragement has kept the flag flying. What is also encouraging is to see their families turning up to the concerts.
Do you think there is potential for the prog scene in County Durham to increase in popularity?
Prog is no longer a word spoken in hushed corners. It’s now a different animal and with these changes it has attracted a newer and wider audience. In many respects, Glacier has stayed true to the more ‘old school’ prog values, whilst adapting and absorbing newer ideas.
Do you plan to release new content in the future?
We’ve recently finished recording all the music for the third CD and are now laying down the vocal tracks. We hope to have album three out in 2018. And work has already begun on writing for a possible fourth release!
Is there any significance to playing The Georgian Theatre in Stockton?
The Georgian Theatre has a long history of actively supporting live music, whether it be from far afield or home grown. When it came to looking for a venue, the Georgian was pretty much top of the list. This year marks a number of special anniversaries for the band and it seemed appropriate to return to mark these. There will be special guests, who have been involved with the Glacier across the years, joining us on the evening.
Glacier head to The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Saturday 30th September. Tickets, priced at £4.00 in advance, are available from teesmusicalliance.org.uk.