HIGH PRAISE: Glazed Teams Up With Max Bemis and Every Single Moment Lands
“Disheveled” is the best example that I’ve heard in a long time of a song that just works.. every part works, every moment lands, the production suits the essence perfectly without sounding safe or generic.. this is actually the hardest feat to accomplish as a band.
Glazed, an indie punk band from Florida, have made one of my absolute top favorite tracks of the year with their newest single “Disheveled” featuring the one and only, enigmatic, iconoclastic, generational hero, Max Bemis. This is one of those effortless, “wow the chemistry REALLY really works” collaborations for such a young band to grab. When they first let me know we’d be teaming up on this track to promote it I felt like a proud parent that they even nabbed Max, but this track goes so much further than that.
Starting with silky smooth, psuedo-R&B guitar rakes and pounding into a more trad-emo riff, every moment in this song is attention grabbing, essential, and expertly executed. Glazed do that thing so well that’s hard to nail as a band, where you write a song form that flows naturally but doesn’t look typical on paper. It’s the true test of a band with staying power, to reimagine what is possible by using subtly, absolute kudos to them for hitting that nail right on the head. The second verse (I guess you’d call it that? or just the next cool part) is my favorite moment on the whole track, a dancey and shifty beat over the great vocal hook “oh great, they’ve got another plan”.. it was instantly catchy on first listen and with every subsequent listen. It’s a great example of a part that never comes back later in the song too, but is so catchy it doesn’t need to, showcasing just how unique Glazed are as songwriters.
Max’s feature is again, just perfect chemistry for chemistry sake. This is the best, and most focused Max has sounded on a track in a long time.. it just has that “…Is A Real Boy”/”In Defense Of The Genre” energy I haven’t heard in so long that us Say Anything fans want from him. He is an icon, so anytime he nails that feel it’s going to be an idealistic moment. To hear him go for it in this way is an absolute treat as a listener.
“Disheveled” is the best example that I’ve heard in a long time of a song that just works.. every part works, every moment lands, the production suits the essence perfectly without sounding safe or generic.. this is actually the hardest feat to accomplish as a band. As it gets easier and easier for bands to piece-meal songs together, and present them to a wider culture that doesn’t always hold their standards as high as they should, Glazed have offered up a track that shows what a lot of bands are missing out on, and what is always most important.. chemistry.