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April 11, 2012 | 4:53 p.m. CST
Two days a week, four “kids” look forward to spending time in the kiddie corner of the Gym-Zzouri Gymnastics Etc. studio in Jefferson City. The uplifting message “you’re a star” painted on the wall encourages The Glass Cavalry members as they play for an audience of red and yellow Little Tikes Cozy Coupes and colorful all-surface scooters.
The Glass Cavalry is Grant Barnum’s initiative, which he confesses he’s wanted for a long time. After quitting his former band and moving to Columbia from the Lake of the Ozarks, the 23-year-old started looking for musicians to join his new project. Without any initial luck, he began writing music on his own. He gets inspiration from guitar riffs like the alternate tunings and chord structures of former Third Eye Blind guitarist Kevin Cadogan.
Who: The Glass Cavalry
When: Tonight, April 12
Where: The Blue Fugue
Time: 8 p.m.
As the group’s primary singer and songwriter, Barnum auditioned eight bass players before inviting bass player Shannon Durington. Keyboardist Katie Lindhorst, who had worked with Durington in the past, says their first practice together “was musical love at first sight.”
Now, Barnum, Lindhorst and Durington are the core members of The Glass Cavalry. They also work with session musician and drummer Devon Henry.
While describing the band’s sound as “the quirkiness from Weezer and (slammed) that on top of the epicness of Pink Floyd,” Lindhorst excitedly tugs at her flower printed suspenders. Barnum jokes that all of the bandmates have emotional problems, which they bring to their songs along with an awkward sense of humor. “Somehow it’s just this giant melting pot of awesome,” Lindhorst says.
Although Barnum writes the songs, the other bandmates get to add their own personalities as well. “(Barnum gives) us the room, and we painted it and put up pictures,” Durington says.
Above all else, the band stresses the intense emotions put into its songs. The band played its tunes, such as the pirate rock song “Scalliwag” at venues in Jefferson City, St. Louis and Columbia. They also released a three song EP titled Burn and Void EP on March 15. The Columbia-based band will perform at The Blue Fugue on April 12.
The Glass Cavalry plans to continue touring, writing music and preparing for the release of their album in winter of 2012. For now, they’ll continue to practice in Gym-Zzouri, where they are constantly reminded that they are stars.