Fifteen ago The Balsa Gliders stopped listening to indie rock and started playing it.

The Gliders are a loose collective of North Carolinians who formed friendships in Chapel Hill during the 1990s. Their spirited live shows recall some of the anthemic indie rock from the ‘90s that made the Triangle famous. The melodies echo local bands from Let’s Active to Portastatic to even Archers of Loaf.

Now based in Raleigh, Charlotte, D.C. and various other places The Balsa Gliders write and perform alongside an assortment of decidedly “non-indie” day jobs. Bassist Greg Jones is an Episcopal rector with fondness for Motown and Zeppelin. Ben Davis and Charles Marshall are media lawyers who trade Guided By Voices tabs over lunch. Mike Ferguson is a surgeon who loves Propellerhead tools. Chuck Price works at a big bank and admits to liking Better than Ezra. Russ Tisinger has some sort of PhD. They tour in a mini-van.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Welcome to 2011

First, huge thanks to everyone who came out for the Charlotte and Raleigh shows. It was a very good time.

Second, big shout outs to The River Kings, I Was Totally Destroying It (who did totally destroy it) and Uncle Mountain for joining us in Charlotte. And to Hank Sinatra who rang in the New Year with us in Raleigh. You should check out all of these bands (iTunes, etc.). Very good stuff.

Third, a little after the fact, but a nice write up in the Charlotte Creative Loafing before the show:   THE BALSA GLIDERS The N.C.-based band is currently working on a new album, The Last Debutante, due for release in Spring 2011. Their music, which has gelled over the past decade of performing and recording, is a blend of guitar pop, storytelling lyrics, roots flourishes, and straight forward rock. Their pop-rock is tightly woven and plenty worthy of the N.C.'s Triangle-area's anthemic indie rock history. With the River Kings. CL Blurb

Lastly, a little clip from the Deep South NYE show This is a song about a boat...

Happy New Year.