Glass Mansions, led by the charismatic, sultry voice of Jayna Doyle, is an Altpop duo from South Carolina, influenced by modern and 90s pop, heavy synths and tight, dance-friendly rhythms. Their music is propulsive and elastic, with bubbly pop-melodies, lush electronic beds of sound and intelligent, intimate lyrics, creating a memorable sound that vibes like Shirley Manson going steady with The Neighbourhood.
The duo of vocalist Jayna Doyle and multi-instrumentalist Blake Arambula have been steadily winning over audiences across the country since day one. With 10+ tours under their belt, multiple appearances at festivals like SXSW, Warped Tour and Florida Music Festival, as well as a Daytrotter session, the band is gearing up for a 2018 EP release by releasing “JUST FRIENDS.” Helmed once again by Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount (Mayday Parade, All Time Low, Cartel) the production team have combined the band’s signature pop flourishes with bombastic drum and synth elements — all while harnessing the energy the band’s live shows have come to be known for.
Of “JUST FRIENDS” The Music Enthusiast says the song is “the embodiment of rock ‘n’ roll, capturing a dangerous quality that was definitive of so much of the music from the ‘70s and ‘80s.”
“On the outside, ‘Just Friends’ is a raw, sassy song all about flirting with the enemy – but if you look deeper than the surface, you’d see it’s really a song about one’s demons and personal relationship with misery,” says lead singer Jayna Doyle. “Some of us are the all-or-nothing type in our relationships & situationships – often reminded that we are too much to handle; however, we are not too much and we aren’t weak for wearing our hearts on our sleeves when we bare it all. Enough rejection and a person will start to guard themselves so much that misery becomes the better company than being ‘just friends’ with a person you can’t have.”
And when it comes to the sound of “Just Friends” – a melding of the group’s signature pop flourishes with the rock n’ roll swagger that defines their live shows – Doyle sees it as a natural evolution. “I definitely think this is a sonic progression in the direction towards which we’d been steadily evolving. We wanted to deconstruct our entire setup and write songs more organically, using snaps and other alternative sounds as well as electronic beats as percussion. Capturing the raw vibe present in our original demo was at the forefront of importance when we went in to work with ZK again.”
That rawness and authentic connection translates from the songs themselves directly to the live experience. Catch them across the country, and you’ll see why Glass Mansions is proving their worth, one sweaty fog and confetti-filled show at a time.