"Their Avant-Pop Disco Jazz truly comes from thoughtful and conscious collaboration - it will move our bodies, to change our minds."
/ / / / / BUST Magazine
"Glad Rags recalls when Indie bands such as Arcade Fire made waves in the early 2010s with dance beats and synth flourishes that could compete with any EDM-inspired post-recession pop."
/ / / / / Chicago Reader
”The psychedelic chamber pop outfit fuse a number of disparate styles and approaches into a super-listenable style all their own.”
/ / / / Bandcamp
"Top 10 Performers To See This Summer."
/ / / / Chicago Tribune
"Wonder Under is a thoughtful blend of new wave pop, spacey synth driven moments and experimental yet classily inspired jazz."
/ / / / Phluff
"Some of the most diverse music the Chicago scene has ever witnessed."
/ / / / Midwest Action
"Wonder Under is full of surprises—a pleasing, richly layered effort from one of Chicago's most promising queer bands."
/ / / / Windy City Times
Formed in 2015 in Chicago's DIY scene, their first two releases came through underground label Grandpa Bay (Water From Your Eyes, Mykele Deville, This Is Lorelei). Their subsequent 2016 EP “Imaginary Friends” weaved in more experimental elements while showcasing the addition of more complex instrumentation.
Over the next two years, the project slowly grew to over ten collaborators,
culminating in their second full-length “Wonder Under” released via Midwest Action in 2018. The record was featured on multiple online publications,
local magazines and radio outlets.
Behind the production of founding member Mabel Gladly, their new sound fuses art rock, new wave, experimental jazz, krautrock, disco, funk and soul, thus creating their original blend of psychedelic orchestral synth pop. While joined by many collaborators on their studio projects, Glad Rags keeps their live shows raw with high-energy interpretations of their songs featuring the five core members.
All of Them navigates cancel culture, gendered violence in the art scene, and community responses to healing. The narrative hops between various perspectives to emphasize the ripple effects unchecked harm has on people and those who love them. Soaring harmonies soften the blow, and a deep love and hopefulness for humanity are echoed by those who helped mold this art pop concept album over the last three years.
The debut LP from the Chicago collective playfully tip-toes along the evolutionary lineage of the analog to digital soundscape - the early ‘80s globalization of disco, lounge pop of the ‘90s, and soulful mid ‘70s ballads are threaded together through delicately woven arrangements. Glad Rags embroiders disparate influences into a cohesive art pop mélange that celebrates the depth of human emotions and the robust potential of community care.
They have performed with Sen Morimoto, Hop Along, !!! (chk chk chk), Nnamdï, Speedy Ortiz, Post Animal, The Oh My's, Mykele Deville, Sloppy Jane, The Ophelias, The Beths, ONO, Emily Blue, Tasha, White Mystery, GIRL K, Andrew Sa, Jude Shuma, No Men, OTNES, GRLwood, + Resavoir.
Photo by Alexus Mclane / Selena Boyer / Eve Rydberg