NEW YORK ROCK BAND ENGLORIA ‘SHINE’ ON THEIR DEBUT FULL LENGTH ALBUM.
New York based rock band Engloria engaged in some serious self-fulfilling prophecy when they dubbed their 2011 EP "Drive"—and coming up on 2013, this is clearly the band's time to 'Shine', with their edgy and infectious high energy full length debut.
Keeping the exciting momentum going from their previous success on both terrestrial and internet radio, the band—frontman/main songwriter James Stewart (vocals, guitar, keys), Brandon Stewart (drums/mandolin) and Michael Gleason (bass)—scored several major coups. They made it onto the Top Seller List on CD Baby; secured promotional opportunities via Red Bull Soundstage and other companies; and were featured alongside The Killers in the “Rock Artist Spotlight” on Music Emissions.
In the year leading up to the provocative guitar driven tunes on "Shine," their live show was on a roll opening for bands like Young The Giant, Graffiti6 and Tokyo Police Club, showcasing for major labels and playing multiple NYC clubs like Kenny’s Castaways (where everyone from Springsteen to New York Dolls cut their teeth). Engloria’s goal with the new album was to capture the excitement of their live performance on record– one they achieved with a 'live' studio approach. "At the end of the day, we ended up with a studio record that we feel best represents our live sound,” says James.
With James’ shimmering Rickenbacker guitar jangling as prominently as ever, "Shine" lives up to its name on the Brit-pop flavored title track as well as "High Tonight," "Found A Girl" and "Feel Alright." As James says, “the songs are about feeling good, even when things in your life get you down.” On the alt-country seasoned "I’ve Been Down" and "Come Around" James reflects on the long road of chasing a dream – a concept that can be equally applied to romantic longing or the sacrifices of a rock and roll band. James takes an intimate side-road with piano led "What Do You Say" and quickly resumes with uptempo rockers "Melrose" and "Little Darlin’." "Where You Are" perfects Engloria’s blend of jangle and edgier expressions as the band “sleeps to dream of a dream” in contemplating just where their journey may take them. Closing the album is Brandon’s vibrant mandolin in the short and sweet "Hotel Song."
“Plain and simple” says James, “we are a rock n’ roll band and 'Shine' is eleven tunes that were made to be played loud.” With their debut full length hitting national triple-A radio in 2013, the band is hitting the road on an East Coast CD Release tour. With plans to tour extensively throughout the Summer, Engloria’s high-energy live show is a Do Not Miss.