Released: 2002, April 6 (2010 Reissue)
Label: Arena Rock / Broken Circles
This may be blasphemy in some circles, but The Gloria Record were (and are) always a better band than frontman Chris Simpson’s previous band… a little band some of you may have heard of called Mineral. I know Mineral are sacred in some circles, but the fact is Simpson was a way better singer at this point and the band as a whole were way more interesting musically. They were of course also blessed with one of the more solid aspects of Mineral - the bass playing of Jeremy Gomez. I can put on Mineral and I always find it hard to avoid a good amount of cringe-inducing moments. I listen to TGR and the stuff still gives me goosebumps today. I hate to admit this, but this record and the EP the band put out before this always seem to be a great soundtrack for when I’m feeling a little melancholy or restless or even better a combination of the two. I’ve always been fond of the words Simpson would write no matter what band he was in but the best stuff is on The Gloria Record releases. Start Here was their finest achievement. I had heard some early demos due to a friend of mine at the time having them in his possession. Those demos were really good… but by the time the final product had been released, it was evident the band and especially their vocalist had really pushed themselves to make this the best it could be. Time had kinda made me forget about this band and record for a bit but thanks Broken Circles recent reissue of this record I was immediately reminded of it and had the opportunity to purchase it on beautiful day-glo orange wax, to boot. I’m kinda partial to orange and the packaging of this record has it in abundance along with some other warm hues that are suitable for what’s held inside. I mentioned the sounds within often being the soundtrack to my drab mood but Start Here is sort of a comfort in that regard - it’s the barely glowing embers on a cold drab day - offering some warmth and hope but kinda in a tough spot themselves.
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