Broke In New York
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Glory Days is a band of New Jersey natives who have a sound reminiscent of Parachute & Kings Of Leon. They’ve only been a band for a little over a year, but they have already reached a huge following of 10,000+ likes on Facebook & 23,000+ followers on Twitter. Their upcoming EP, Broke In New York, looks as if it will only amplify their following with their catchy pop-rock tunes.
The EP starts out with a track titled “Nolita,” which begins it all on an acoustic but powerful note. “Nolita” starts with acoustic strumming guitar, and as the song progresses to the chorus, the drums are added on and then the bass which give it a great escalating sound. Vocalist Andy Togren almost adds a southern jazz twang to the vocals, which makes for an interesting mix with the instruments. ”Miracle” is the next track, which has more of a true pop sound than “Nolita.” The track isn’t as exciting as the rest of the EP, as it sounds like an average pop song you could hear anywhere. The chorus is what saves this song for me, with Togren’s emotionally connected belting which pulled me into the song a bit more. The third track is “Find Me There,” and this track is one of my favorites. The song is a ballad with strong lyrics, and the track that sounds the most put together. All of the instruments blend well, and the vocals are clean with the perfect amount of belting in the chorus. You can easily see what other artists Glory Days pull influence from with “Find Me There,” and it is overall the most well rounded song on the EP. ”Warrior” comes back with that southern twang that Togren seems to give some of the songs with his vocal style, and this adds a lot to the track stylistically. Lyrically, “Warrior” is probably my favorite from the EP. The track tells a story, & the chorus is repetitive & catchy like a good pop-rock song should be. The final track is “Lost In My Soul,” and this one slows it down with strumming bass & a bit of piano. Something I really appreciate about this band is you can really hear bassist, Julian Dimagiba, through out the EP. A lot of the time bands let their bassist get lost in between the loud guitars and drums, but Glory Days let their bassist shine quite a bit in each track.
Overall, I think Broke In New York is a pretty solid, 5-track EP. There is definitely room for growth for Glory Days lyrically & in the aspect of consistency between the tracks, but they do have something solid going on for being a year old band. I’m excited to see what another year as a band will bring, and things look like they will only keep looking up for Glory Days.
To see a recent interview we did with Glory Days, click here.