Catch up with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Tender Glue (Tom Gluewicki) and listen to his single "West" off his album, Steady Light, out now.
What first got you interested in music?
Tender Glue: At first I just wanted to learn how to play guitar and then I discovered that making my own songs comes easy to me.
Where does your moniker, Tender Glue, come from?
The name is combination of two last names. Mine and my friends that I used to play with.
Which musicians have you been influenced by?
Not to be specific, but any musician who works hard and is the primary source of their art. Hard working musicians that didn't just get lucky but stayed true to the music and have strong work ethics.
How would you describe your sound to someone who had never heard your music?
Whenever people ask me, I always have trouble defining what type of music I'm playing. Usually, I just say instrumental with vocals in it. But if I think of it as a description, I would describe it as indie rock, some elements of post punk, combined with acoustic sounds. It could also be called lo-fi but that's because of the lack of equipment and resources.
What were your inspirations behind your single, "West"?
Inspirations behind "West" was being tired from living in the same place and tired of the fast-paced city. At the time I considered moving out to the West to escape all of this.
Could you tell us more about your new album, Steady Light?
Steady Light is a continuation of my EP Wait For Steady Light that was released last September. It was made up of raw recordings with minimal resources I had in my home. The album was recently released on August 26th and you can listen to it at tenderglue.com/music.
What do you hope listeners are able to take away from your music?
I would rather them take away whatever they want, however they want. Since it's out there, it is not mine anymore.