GlowNovember vocalist Kyle Taylor had one word to describe his early singing: terrible. Apparently, the general consensus echoed him.
“Even family, they were like, ‘dude you suck, straight up,’” Taylor said. “Now I just kind of learned how to use my voice and what works for me. When you find your voice you kind of roll with it, you know?”
Taylor said he comes from a musical family that’s always honest with each other when it comes to the craft, sometimes brutally so. Guitar was his thing; the 22-year-old Mount Cobb resident has done studio work and played in jazz ensembles, but adding a pop-punk style delivery to his repertoire took years of practice.
It was especially trying because he couldn’t find a singer he liked to use as a solid barometer of success, until he heard New York’s State Champs. He describes his delivery as similar with its own twist.
“My thing is I can rasp pretty well and that’s kind of what I’ll fall back on,” Taylor said. “On tour we were gone for a month and I did maybe 15 days in a row of singing. I just started to get more raspy when I was doing it, but I had more control when I was rasping.”
Touring as full-time musicians is a dream Taylor and longtime friend/collaborator Thomas Twiss are chasing together, and they decided to split their eggs up between two different baskets. Taylor (guitar/vocals) and Twiss (drums) founded GlowNovember at the same time as a Christian rock project that drew on their experiences growing up in the church, but that project went by the wayside as GlowNovember began to grow in popularity.
Now the band’s embarking on multi-city tours — and their dream. Taylor and Twiss, along with guitarist Brian Teed and bassist Mike Morrison, recently released “Life Sucks, Get Over It” on all major streaming platforms. The album highlights familiar pop-punk themes (love, loss, possibly pizza) while referencing everyone’s favorite Scranton couple: Jim and Pam.
The band will perform live at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Other Side, 119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. For more information about GlowNovember, visit Facebook.com/GlowNovember.
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