Glass Delirium's Scott Uhl talks lucky accidents and calculator games
When Scott Uhl first formed Forgotten Serenade about five years ago, everyone hated the name, so it was changed to Glass Delirium, after one of the act's earliest songs. Now, following a handful of lineup changes and as many stylistic evolutions, the band has arrived at a style that's informed by classical structure but not trapped by it — like jazz-inflected metal, but more focused on songwriting and less obsessed with technique.
With the relatively recent additions of Switchpin's Pat Anderson on drums and Michelle Huerd of Born in Winter and My Vendetta on vocals, Glass Delirium — which also includes Uhl, bassist Aeon Cruz and keyboardist David Newell — has greatly expanded its dynamism and emotional palette. The group's latest album, Diamond Lullabies, showcases heavy music written by musicians graced with a keen ear for inventive and evocative soundscapes. We recently sat down with them for a candid chat about their music and its evolution.
Westword: What did you try to do with this band when you started, and what led to its change in direction?
Scott Uhl: When we started, we had no idea. We just wrote songs, most of which weren't very good, I don't think. It took just one song to have that kind of darker, jazzy, movie-score type of thing. We thought, "This is cool — let's write more like this." That gave us our focus point.
Michelle Huerd: [The more focused direction] is probably my fault. I think a lot of the music was dynamic and crazy before. I think I'm fairly normal in my style, so I probably normalized it just a little bit. I'm hoping not too much, but just enough to change it a little. I had to grow a lot as a musician, because it's dynamically different from what I'm used to.
SU: I think it's good with how crazy we were and how "normal" you are. If we find a middle ground that makes both of us happy, then it's not excessively crazy and not so normal that it's boring.
How did you get into playing guitar?
SU: I got into guitar by accident. I was sixteen, and one of my best friends said, "Hey, dude, take a guitar class with me so I'm not bored." I had never played another instrument in my life, and I went in there and was hooked after the first week of being in it. I stopped playing video games, stopped making calculator games, and I've been focusing on guitar ever since.
SU: Remember the TI-83 calculator? Drug Wars or Hick Quest or Mega Man? I used to program those. I wanted to be a computer programmer. I programmed like fifty games, and they're still available online. I was such a dork. That's what I would do all the time.
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