Featuring ‘Royal Blood” by Sound Glyphics – A Cacophony Of Toots, Hoots, Cackles and Wails




Matt Matasci

When one hears the band name Sound Glyphics, a lot of potential genres spring to mind. Perhaps you would expect something that is rooted in electro-pop, or maybe rave-up house music, or perhaps even a lyrically-driven hip-hop group. All of those assumptions would be completely off the mark. The Kitchener, ONT, Canada quartet in fact specializes in an experimental version of progressive rock that is catchy enough for mainstream radio but still unconventional enough to attract “indie”-seeking music fans. Their latest single “Royal Blood” came out in August of 2015, and upon the week of its release was the most played song on London, ONT station IAM PR.

Sound Glyphics has always sported a fairly traditional guitar/drum/bass/keyboard setup – but for a while, there was one twist, a saxophonist in Riley Keller. In 2013, Keller left the band and they continued on as a quartet, not letting the lack of instrumental diversity get in the way of their creative energy. Most recent single “Royal Blood” begins with a nifty guitar riff, guitar feedback and some blaring keyboards, but doesn’t really get weird until vocalist/guitarist Rick Wren enters the mix. He possesses a high-pitched warble that never quite veers into falsetto range, but comes awfully close. There are several moments throughout the song that it feels like he is coughing or wheezing his words out – there’s really no better way to describe the vocal style.

The band has been in existence since the early part of this decade, and in that time have released a pair of EPs, February 2012’s self-titled release and September 2013’s A Cacophony Of Toots, Hoots, Cackles and Wails. The latter release was mastered by fellow Ontarian and frontman of Moneen, Kenny Bridges. While on these releases it is clear that saxophone gave a uniquely jazzy quality to the songs of Sound Glyphics, the band has astutely managed to keep that unique trait on “Royal Blood”. Here’s the epically proportioned jam-fest from their debut Sound Glyphics EP, “No Doubter”:

Keep a close eye on Sound Glyphics’ Facebook page for any upcoming shows!

Royal Blood is available to download via their website.


 

Sound Glyphics Albums

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Album Notes

 Royal Blood

The members of Sound Glyphics enjoy the avenue of experimental rock as means of musical expression; wanting to bring back certain song writing elements without fear of what the musical fashion-police would say.

The Sound Glyphics show, an eclectic mix of orchestrated chaos, captures punk energy combined with R&B soul/funk and the precision of progressive rock.

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Album Notes
 Sound Glyphics, self titled EP, released February 17, 2012.

An electrifying melting pot of soaring high vocals, guitars, keyboards and saxophones over a hotbed of dense, funky rhythms. A concept album of sorts; a dark story of lost love, revenge, and self-realization unfolds through the eyes of a victim/protagonist.

Track 3 (No Doubter) continues through Tracks 4 & 5 (Bridge out of Town & Pack of Fleas)

 

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Album Notes
A Cacophony of Toots, Hoots, Cackles and Wails by Sound Glyphics
 The members of Sound Glyphics enjoy the avenue of experimental rock as means of musical expression; wanting to bring back certain song writing elements without fear of what the musical fashion-police would say.

The Sound Glyphics show, an eclectic mix of orchestrated chaos, captures punk energy combined with R&B soul/funk and the precision of progressive rock.


Sound Glyphics

 

Members: Rick Wren, guitar and vocals Rob Rausch, bass Sarah Pottier, keyboard Rick Barbosa, drums
Genre: Experimental Rock
Hometown: Kitchener, ON

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