Following a seven year hiatus, Sydney band Glass Towers are back and better than ever. ‘Nobody Walks in LA’ is the group's second new release this year, following on from ‘I Will Come Back For You’ released in August. Glass Towers has stayed quiet since their highly acclaimed debut album release Halcyon Days in 2013. Preserving their upbeat polished sound, ‘Nobody Walks in LA’ is the perfect indie-dance track. Inspired by 2000’s post punk, this single is a winner for fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Vampire Weekend.
Glass Towers burst onto the Australian music scene in 2008, earning a spot at Splendour in the Grass only a year later. Halcyon Days received a Feature Album slot and high rotation at Triple J and debuted at 42 on the ARIA Album Chart. Following this 2013 release, the band embarked on a sold out national headline tour. Glass Towers also toured internationally, supporting mammoth acts such as The Kooks, Tame Impala, Metric and Birds of Tokyo.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Hannam shared that ‘Nobody Walks in LA’ was written during their North America tour in 2014. Hannam explains, “At that time in my life I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and mental burn out from our heavy touring schedule, we had been touring both domestically & internationally almost non stop for two years at that point and the transient lifestyle was catching up with me. The song deals with feelings of loneliness, how someone can feel completely alone despite being constantly surrounded by so many people while travelling or just day to day.”
‘Nobody Walks in LA’ is a high-energy track with a darker message, perfectly encapsulating how chaotic and crowded yet utterly lonely the world can feel sometimes.
It hurts when you are quiet/
It hurts when you are still/
Woke up in Arizona/
These days become all a blur
Wonder how these wings keep us from tumbling into silent water/
We could have everything now/
But nobody walks in this place
You imagine yourself wandering busy streets with masses of people in a rush who won’t glance your way, let alone give you a smile. High-pitched electric guitar, relentless drums and full-bodied vocals make for a punchy sound . You can’t help but feel nostalgia bubbling up as you’re reminded of the iconic early 2000’s indie era.
Glass Towers' new EP is due to be released in late 2020.