A Glove Story
Glove is a collaboration between artists SloSilver and Stephanie Finegan. A sleepy jam from which 12 songs were born.
Listed in Best New Band 2019 by HeraSays and Louder Than War
"Something entirely revolutionary. Minds were blown." Drowned in Sound
"When you have been to thousands of gigs but still retain the hunger for the new, a rare WTF moment is worth a million dollars.
Every now and then, at one of these music showcase events, you see band that changes your life.
A mesmerising, talismanic piece of magic that is beyond.
From Liverpool, Glove are that band.
Two wild painted women who turn music inside out and reinvent the wheel.
Focus Wales is fast becoming one of the key music showcase events in the UK and this year is up there with Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape in terms of bands and ambition.
Wrexham is a damp and old Welsh market town which still has actual pubs in it. With a surprisingly good arts scene and a new arts centre called Ty Pawb it is host to an international conveyer belt of bands in sweaty pub back rooms.
We walk into the back room of one pub to see our first band and our minds are blown by Glove – nothing is going to match these two wired women who are oozing art, poetry and a musical brilliance that sets your mind racing and your heart pounding.
Theres is a stripped down basic sound – rhythm comes from a pounding tom tom played against a bass or in other songs a scratchy guitar. It’s pounding and highly effective – most of the songs are given a running bass line backbone and the minimalistic no wave combination is perfect for the poetry in motion of the vocals that switch between volumes of wild eyed beat poetry and stunningly sung vocal lines.
The songs follow no rules. There are no reference pints. It’s uttley original. You type out words like Patti Smith or The Slits but that’s lazy old man thinking.
Glove are the here and now.
Glove are the future.
They take these snips and shards of sound and create their own future. Their eyes are painted blue with thick make up. They are tribal and wild. They are dancing on the bones of rock N roll. Wild poets. Shamanic dancers with a new beat that you can dance to as well and they somehow turn the room of random punters into an ecstatic party with a brand new sound.
Glove are going to make a lot of noise.
Get into them now before everyone else does!" Louder Than War
"I quoted on my Instagram that my love for Glove has no boundaries, and I’d happily carve that statement into the side of a mountain after seeing their portrayal of life, the universe and everything this evening. Their minimalist and cannibalistic performance displays unadulterated passion for what they do… From primeval chanting to syllabic ranting, it’s all from the heart, and those two hearts are pounding like the floor tom they smash. The chop-sing crowd soon stop and turn and stare; some are open jawed watching in wonderment as Glove paint the prettiest yet most bizarre yet most brilliant musical picture of the weekend." Neil Crudd Link to Wales @ Focus Wales 2018
“A glove is an object of protection. An item we choose to wear to safeguard the sensitivity of our hands against the raw harshness of the world. It is through our hands we make sense of the world and come to know it intimately. We often say seeing is believing, but this is not true. Sight is a sense that can be easily deceived but the intimacy of touch speaks straight to our soul. It is unmediated. Directly connected to our PIP of being, our Precious Interstice of Presence in which is Ignited the Pyre of Infinite Potential. Glove is also a band, and as any good glove ought to be, this Glove is tough! Weathered and worn by an often cruel and tormenting world, but by no means are they weary. Their music commands an enduring and powerful belligerence in defiance of the ways the world might wear us down. But contained beneath that, aches the delicate vulnerability of two souls who see the world with infinite and ancient mystery. A perfect collision of fire and fury underpinned by an elegant delicacy of vibrant melodie. Performative art is an armour we wear to expose that within in us which is deeply woundable without risk of injury. Glove are both a powerful armour and an achingly sensitive wound. A powerful paradox of motivating forces reside beneath this musical outfit. Their music will protect you in moments of need and enliven your soul to meet impossible odds. In short, this glove wants to clothe you, put your fingers in and come home, because all you need is Glove!” Skin Walker 2018