Because it's where I grew up, I'm usually pretty interested in anything out of Cleveland, Ohio. When I came across the solid metal grooves of Heavy Glow, I was excited to find out what was happening these days in the "mistake by the lake." Singer & guitar player Jared Mullins was kind enough to answer a few questions about how things are back there and his impressions of our fair city.
Do you currently live in Cleveland? If so, what part?
I live in Tremont by the Steelyard. It's an old, rustic section of the city. Very cool artsy section of town.
Did you grow up in Cleveland?
Yeah man. I grew up in a small suburb on the West side of Cleveland, Olmsted Falls. It's about 20 minutes or so from downtown Cleveland. More of a white-picket fence-type community. Grew up on a farm but I'm definitely not a cowboy if that makes any sense...
Cleveland Masonic Temple, with snow.
How would you describe the Cleveland music scene?
I think what's cool about the Cleveland music scene is that it's isolated from any kind of other-city influence. Heavy Glow started in San Diego. San Diego is derivative in the sense that it gets most of it's identity/trickle-down fads from whatever's going on in L.A. That's not the case in Cleveland. I think there's more muscle, more attitude, more authenticity to the Cleveland music scene. It's a rust-belt, blue-collar city where people play music because it's who they are. At least for me I grew up in the city of rock-n-roll. The city of Robert Lockwood Jr., James Gang, Glass Harp etc. There's something in the Lake Erie Water that makes you dream of going places.
How does the Cleveland music scene differ from other parts of the country?
The biggest thing that stands out to me is the fans and concert-goers. People really get off on loud rock music like no where else I've ever played.
Have you ever been to Seattle?
Yeah we played Seattle on our tour in January. I came into it with great expectations. Obviously the city has a great musical legacy...Hendrix, Heart, grunge etc. I think I was hoping to see the ghost of Hendrix walking around or run into Chris Cornell or something, haha. The venue we played had a green room-type deal for bands. I remember walking in and drug dealers were walking in and out basically setting up shop. Apparently all the local bands knew who they were. I don't know if that's a typical thing or what but I'd never been around heroin-addicts with junk on their hands before. Call me naive...just not my thing. You guys have the fucking coldest weather too man. I'd take negative 20 in Cleveland to 40 above in Seattle. We slept on a friend's floor with a small space heater. Coldest night of my life.
What bands or music from Cleveland do you find influential?
Mr. Gnome. They totally think outside the box from their set-up on stage all the way to their abstract compositions. They're pretty great honestly. They're probably the only band that I can think of that really set the bar at least for me.
Heavy Glow plays the Comet on August 3rd with The Heyfields, Jordan Briggs.