What’s inevitable? Death, taxes, gentrification. The super-tall guy at the front of the show. And the debut LP from Glassberg & The Disasters, which touches on these things and more with razor-sharp wit and instantly catchy pop melodies.
Frontwoman Rachel Glassberg started her musical life in LA as an indie, country and jazz guitarist. Her first original song, a folk ode to flight attendant Steven Slater, got picked up by CNN. Where do you go from there? In this case, Berlin, and the little-known German satellite of the 2000s antifolk movement that spawned Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis et al. After the solo EP …And Other Disasters and Reddit-beloved Tommy Wiseau homage “Song from a Room”, she joined forces with bassist Vincent Long, drummer Elke Horner and keyboardist/saxophonist Linnea Mårtensson. As Glassberg & The Disasters, they released the 2016 Berghain bouncer anthem “Let The Right Ones In” to local acclaim and a Berlin Music Video Award nomination, in between shows with The Wave Pictures, LAKE, Schwervon!, Sonny & The Sunsets, and more.
Their first full-length, recorded over a series of hot summer days in the Moabit studio of Joe Kelly and released on new Frankfurt label Lousy Moon, whiplashes between ‘90s guitar pop, sunny ukulele strumming, twangy country folk and even hip hop. Tying it all together are the lyrics, which combine intricate storytelling, clever wordplay and unexpected flashes of honesty.
“[Ihre Songs] sind mitreißende Perlen, bei denen sich Melancholie und Augenzwinkern die Waage halten.” ([Her songs] are rousing gems that balance melancholy and winking humor”) – Zitty
“Strangely touching as it provides a synopsis for all the weirdness the ‘so bad,
it’s great’ movie encapsulates.” – The AV Club on “Song from a Room”