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The Glare of Day was formed in September of 2005 by guitarist Tim O'Saben. O'Saben is best known as guitarist/founding member of the legendary post-punk St.Louis based band Fragile Porcelain Mice, and is also a former member of the world renowned punk group Ultraman. Says O'Saben, 'During all the years that I spent touring, rehearsing, recording, etc., I used my time off to write material drawn from my own personal musical tastes and life experiences.' Late in the summer of 2005, O'Saben decided it was time to further develope this material for public consumption into what is now known as The Glare of Day. The first person to team up with O'Saben was drummer Matt Schaefer. Schaefer, while getting his bachelor's degree in Recording Industry-Production and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University, performed with the Nashville, Tennessee based experimental rock group Pervis Feck. A firey,hard hitting drummer,Schaefer was the perfect choice for the project. Next entered vocalist/guitarist Ian Baird. Baird,an accomplished producer/engineer and veteran of the St.Louis music scene, is best identified as the founder and frontman of the critically acclaimed Spring Clock Wonder. Most recently, Spring Clock Wonder supplied some of the haunting material for the independent feature, 'Darkworld',written by the legendary Adam Hackbarth. Baird's crushing guitar style and exceptional range on vocals was just what the band needed to color the sound and find it's distinct voice. Rounding out the lineup, on bass, is Mystery Music owner and Ruby Armada guitarist Jim Wells. Wells,a student of classical and jazz theory, is also a well respected live sound engineer and a certified instrument/amp repair technician. For years, Jim's repair shop, Mystery Music,has been a haven for musicians seeking to be treated fair and with respect. Taking their name from 'To Helen' by Edgar Allan Poe, The Glare of Day has, by now, evolved into more of a melting pot of ideas than just O'Saben's pre-written material. Although he put the ingredients together, the band has taken on a life all it's own. With a sound heavily influenced by New Wave acts (The Cure, The Church, The Jesus and Mary Chain,Love and Rockets) and seminal indie rock pioneers (Dinosaur jr., Archers Of Loaf, The Pixies,Guided By Voices) The Glare of Day conjures up songs that find ways to bridge together these musical landscapes. 'Look, we're not trying to fool people with crazy time signatures or trying to reinvent the wheel.' O'Saben adds, 'Too many bands write music just to impress other bands with their technical prowess. We just want to write good songs that we, and the audience, can enjoy without having to pull out a calculator to follow and.
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