Color Code – Eugene Weekly
Musician Eugene Derek Sibert identifies as a synaesthetic, which means that when he hears music, he sees colors. He sings, plays bass and is the lead songwriter of a new post-prog and indie-rock trio Eugene called [glazier], and when it came time to think of a video for his band’s first single “down.up.down”, yellow was the first color he thought of.
The song is taken from the group’s debut EP, which is due digitally this summer.
Sibert developed the idea for the video with his bandmates: Andrew Srack of popular Eugene Muscle Beach Petting Zoo on guitar, and Grayson Andrews on drums, a longtime local musician for whom [glazier] is his most publicized project.
The project director was Jordan Blaisdell, a skilled amateur filmmaker and musician of The Critical Shakes. The video is now available on YouTube.
In the carefully orchestrated song, Srack’s guitar lines intertwine in a way that is both mathematically and beautifully. And on a propulsive backbeat consisting of Sibert’s bassline, the Sibert and Andrews peloton rhythmically behind Sibert’s melodic vocals, stopping and starting both aggressively – like metal or hardcore punk, perhaps. – but also precise, like Rush.
Run “down.up.down” through the compare machine and you will receive many hits. For all of them, however, the song calls for the post-prefix: post-punk, post-prog, post-math rock, but with too traditional a song structure to be considered post-rock.
In an era with no live shows, the clip is [glazier]introduction to the world. The loose narrative concept involves “hacking” multiple natural biomes, represented by various locations on the Oregon coast. There is the band wearing a triangle shape, using secondhand computer keyboards painted yellow and bearing Star Trek– “scanner” style sunglasses.
“It’s post-apocalyptic,” Sibert told me over the phone. “We just kept building.”
Post-Apocalyptic: A mood that suits, after all, the year we’ve been through. Our already tech-obsessed lifestyles made even more pandemic, stuck inside as if our lives depended on it, because in many ways it does.
Sibert has performed with Childspeak, the now-defunct Portland and Eugene-based instrumental post-rock band, and he carries much of that sensibility in [glazier].
He left Childspeak in 2019 and needed a new songwriting project to occupy his time. Shortly before the pandemic hit, he brought the songs to Srack and Andrews, and without the pressure of playing live shows, they decided to record the EP in Andrews’ deceived drummer garage. The group worked a dozen tracks, reducing them to just five songs. This no-deadline approach has been a relief for Sibert.
“If we have all that time,” he thought, “let’s get these songs really, really solid. I don’t have to impress anyone right now, ”he says.
When writing music, Sibert prioritizes songwriting over technical prowess, “but I don’t see them as separate,” he says. It almost always starts with the music instead of the words. When it comes time to add lyrics, he starts with a concept rather than a story, like the pandemic, or the desire to have children of their own, he says.
“I like music that seems to have connections between things,” says Sibert, “and the words come naturally from there. “
In the studio, the band first recorded live on an old-fashioned metronome-style click track, commonly used to help musicians keep time early in the recording process, then added bass, guitar and vocals. They also used a lot of ambient mics, mixing them all together in the final mix. Sibert says: “Honestly, for a group of three musicians, this is the most complete record I’ve ever been on.
At the end of the video for “down.up.down” [glazier] is seen playing his instruments in an abandoned sawmill, discovered by Sibert on the Oregon coast, a refreshing version of analog human interaction on a digital background. All the while, the natural world remains both virally threatening and our only real escape route.
The clip for “down.up.down” by [glazier] is now available on YouTube. The group’s debut EP is due this summer, with gigs in the fall, if COVID allows. The EP’s second single, “club silencio”, will be released on June 11 on streaming platforms, with a new clip on Youtube. For more information, search for “glazier’s music” on social media.