THE GLASS NOTES - Bio

 

The Glass Notes History begins in a Seattle pub August 2009 when Seattle musician songwriter Robb Benson (ex-Dept. of Energy, Dear John Letters, Nevada Bachelors) learned his bartender Jake Uitti was an accomplished poet and bassist.  Jake began sending his poetry to Robb, who transformed these poems into songs.  Robb had previously used this style of poet/songwriter collaboration during his many years in the group Dear John Letters.  The much loved Dear John Letters used this formula successfully during their time playing together, releasing three well received albums, the last reaching #34 on the CMJ charts.

The duo’s humble start from a debut CD with a few solid reviews and a dozen acoustic shows quickly changed when they add local rock legend ‘lead Guitarist’ Tim DiJulio (of Flight to Mars, Lazy Susan). The band also added drummer Perry Morgan (The Souvenirs) and soon started building a buzz with their new unique sound.

The Group was featured on live 97.3 FM KIRO Radio, and soon after were showing up as the bumper music for many of their shows including reoccurring as the opener for Seattle Kitchen.  The band was also featured as the theme music with the song ‘Drunk As Love’ in the short film “17 Days Of Summer” that won best short at Totally Stacked short film contest sponsored by the Stranger. 

For The sophomore release (recorded at Electro Kitty Studios) Gary Reynolds added his production magic behind the boards.  To get that old school classic warmth the band recorded to 24 track tape. In November 2012 the ten song “As the Building Crumbles” CD  hit fans with a live hard driving rock movement that shifts into an old school R&B, and even a classic Americana Country vibe at times. Released exclusively in the North West on CD and spent 9 weeks on KEXP’s charts (3 of these weeks top ten NW reaching #6).

Marco Collin’s (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame DJ) upon hearing a single from the new record wrote:

“Holy shit. Just got an email from the singer of The Glass Notes. He emailed me a track of his & I am SO BLOWN AWAY by his voice that I Soundclouded this for you to hear... one of the BEST MALE voices I have heard in years! Think Jeff Buckley, Black Crowes, Robin Zander, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin. Fuck, I dunno. JUST AMAZING.”

The band was added to the Jet City Stream rotation and to this day receives airplay. The station was so inspired by the record that they asked the band to be a key feature in their KOMO TV news piece. The band was filmed playing in studio, then bringing the CD into the station. Station CEO and Founder Michael Raley wrote “The Glass Notes' are simply the best band in the land... 'Detectives' Best Song of 2012”.

The Seattle Weekly featured the band and wrote: “Robb Benson, former front man for Dear John Letters, fronts this Seattle power-pop band who have gone from a two-piece studio project to a four-piece live band on their sophomore release. The songs are based on bassist Jake Uitti's poems, which Benson composes around, and his expressive voice is the album's highlight, particularly on songs like "Glass Notes," which allows him to effortlessly transition from the high end of his range into falsetto. There's a slight twang that hangs over the whole thing, making the album a kind of power-pop/Americana Hybrid”

Yes, 2013 and beyond looks like a big year for the group. They are now launching an underground surge that is sure to be hitting a club near you.  Their draw is rapidly growing and their base is spreading. The group plans to soon push the record Nationally and hopes to tour to support the release in the summer of 2013.


What the Media said about the debut 2010 release:


On their soulful debut Dust and Hours, the two offer up a lyrically and vocally driven mix of indie pop, acoustic folk and alt-rock tinged with bits of country and Motown soul. It's a striking mix; Uitti and Benson make a great team, with the poems steering Benson's singing toward an emotional climax. Be ready to be touched.  - PERFORMER MAGAZINE


“Bassist/writer Jake Uitti feeds Benson words and poems that Benson sits with, ingests, and fashions into songs. The tunes are snug, up-tempo, and marksmanlike in their well-crafted lit-rock phrasing.  –THE STRANGER    

  

“Robb Benson has put together another great band. His latest is a team up with bartender/poet Jake Uitti, who also plays bass... their true strength in the powerful lyrics and simple chords. Benson will always be creating new projects and playing with lineups, and The Glass Notes could be the latest, and brightest, jewel in his crown.”  – SSGMUSIC


“…what holds the Glass Notes together: Benson, singing bassist Jake Uitti’s lyrics, can transform himself into seemingly anyone… The Glass Notes have the talent and the impact to garner legitimate comparisons to their canonical, professed influences; Benson manages admirably the balance between singer, songwriter and musician.” -POP MATTERS


“Jake writes straightforward poems, and Robb transforms them into catchy tunes… easily addictive lyrics, and that’s pretty much all I need to add it to my playlist.”  -DAYS OF MUSIC


“A great debut record… pick the CD up you will not regret it one bit.”

-SEAN DE TORE (MIXTAPE PODCAST on MYNORTHWEST.COM)


Awesome must see local band.

  1. -LUKE BURBANK (TBTL podcast, Ross and Burbank KIRO FM Seattle )



I've been trying for over ten years to describe how much I love Robb Benson's voice. He's got all the pop smarts of McCartney, the peppy hooks of Squeeze and the gritty soul of Otis Redding, and he's so talented he sometimes uses all three in the span of a three-minute pop song. Benson has an extensive discography with the aforementioned Nevada Bachelors, The Dear John Letters and the Dept. of Energy, and evidence of his talent can be found on any of the cuts of those albums, but if you want to get right to it, The Glass Notes' "John Wayne" is all you need. The album closer here, Not only is this the single most powerful moment in music this year, this is what soul sounds like, this is what frustration sounds like and this is what existential worry sounds like when one realizes that the notion of heroism has lapsed into obsolescence. But most of all, this is what it sounds like to be alive, to be shot in your hummingbird heart with everything from global concern to concern about everyone you love. It's a voice that's filled with anger and dismay and sadness and it will bring you to your knees.

                                             -Alex Green (caught in the carousel)