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, October 3, 2011

I smell winter....

Lots coming up for the Balsa Gliders between now a 2012:

- The new album Photographic Friends to be released this month. Look for it on iTunes and other digital retailers. Six new original Gliders tunes recorded this past spring with producer Greg Elkins at Desolation Row Studios in Raleigh.

- December mini-tour is taking shape:
--- Dec 15 at The Visulite Theater in Charlotte
--- Dec 16 at a TBD venue (somewhere near you)
--- Dec 17 at the Pour House Music Hall in Raleigh

Rawk on.