The Brooklyn Bowl is one of those amazing concepts that you will never find in London; a large stage, a dance floor, a bar, a restaurant which stays open till 3am, and best of all, a bowling alley! Located on Wythe Ave with a view of the New York City skyline that’s breathtaking, to say the least, it is the place to be, especially if you are an up and coming band.
Last week on Thursday night, that up and coming band Glint headlined. The venue filled up quickly as soon as they hit the stage. With recognition from magazines such as NME and Billboard Magazine, Glint didn’t disappoint. The band is formed by Jase Blankfort on guitar and vocals, Mateus Tebaldi on percussion and drums, Alon Leventon on keys and synthesizers, Phil Kuperberg doing the programming, samples and synthesizers, and Dave Johnson playing bass.
Their music is enigmatic and evocative. Jase’s powerful voice is supported by the rock meets electro arrangement, and live, it is executed brilliantly. With remnants of Radiohead and Muse, they make music that will cause anyone to sway and appreciate the moment. They use simple yet chilling melodies, powerful guitar and heart-beating drums to bring together an all-new sound. My favourite song is Hold Still which is on their self-titled EP released last year.
Jase is magnetic, flying about the stage completely in his element. As well as being a talented musician he is also a very approachable guy. Meeting him after the gig, he states that he is extremely lucky; having the creative freedom he does, which one might not have if signed to a bigger label; “Some of my friends are in bigger bands, but they’re not very happy.” There are many young musicians in bands, just messing around but it is easy to see that he is meeting his aspirations which he always had: “In high school I would put music videos on in class,” he said. A true lover of music and when you listen to their music it shows. The haunting songs have progressed from album to album to EP, and I certainly cannot wait to see what happens next.