Artist : Positive No
Title : Glossa
Street Date : 09/18/15
Catalog # LBC 013
Format : CD/CS (Negative Fun Records) / Book + Digital (Little Black Cloud Records)
File Under : Rock
Hometown : Richmond, VA
Key Markets : Richmond, New York City, Northern N.J, DC, San Francisco, L.A., Seattle, Philly
Performers on GLossa : Kenneth Close (guitar), Tracy Wilson (vocals), James Menefee (bass), Willis Thompson (drums)
Associated Acts: Dahlia Seed, Ringfinger, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Long Arms, Fun Size
Discography: Via Florum (Little Black Cloud Records), Single Club release "Automatic Cars" / "Slumber Sequence" (Negative Fun Records
Years Active : 2011-current
RIYL: Helium, YLT, Archers of Loaf, Breeders,The Sugarcubes, Love of Diagrams, Speedy Ortiz, static-jangle-sonic-fuzz-dream-pop, cats, Dischord Records post hardcore years, Breece D'J Pancake, short form poetry, graphic design, technicolor, Chip Kidd, Peter Saville and Art Chantry.
You Shoot, I Ladder
Marjorie & Royal
- Northern Aggressor
Language is ever evolving. This is not a process exclusive to the people of a single nation or a region; it is also a niche communication we develop between ourselves and the people we interact with daily. Our individual life experiences and the environments we call home help to further shape our dialect. The words we use, the way we use them, they are our glossa. Our tongue. Our language.
Positive No’s debut full length release is entitled Glossa. These 12 songs are a custom dictionary that illustrate and capture snapshots in time. Some are deeply personal modern tales dotted with local color while other expressions reflect ancient history from as far away as Iceland. Here guitars, bass, and drums burst like synchronized fireworks (think dynamic energy of the Chapel Hill guitar bands in the ‘90s - Archers of Loaf, Superchunk, and Polvo) while complex vocal melodies dart between the rawness of PJ Harvey and the twee charge of Amelia Fletcher from Heavenly. Lyrics are the fuel behind these moody pyrotechnics and for this reason the band has also created a 7” x 7” 26 page full color book. Band member and graphic designer Kenneth Close has produced a total of 12 unique art pieces partnered with the lyrics. In turn every song on Glossa has been treated like a short story worthy of its own book cover. For those who appreciate Factory Records or 4AD for their the album art as well as the music, this small book (that also comes with a digital download to the record) will speak volumes. The meticulous attention to detail in the music, the words, and the packaging is staggering.
Glossa was written by Kenneth Close & Tracy Wilson and then bound together with two distinct groups of people who have helped to translate and communicate this unique glossary.Positive No returned to the Magpie Cage in Baltimore, MD (J Robbins’ studio) in January of 2015 to record Glossa. The studio band lineup features the very same people who played on their EP Via Florum : Kenneth Close (guitar),James Menefee (bass), Willis Thompson (drums), and Tracy Wilson (vocals)
In the spring 2015 Positive No introduced a new rhythm section. The permanent band lineup post recording of Glossa will include Sadie Powers of Dead Fame and James O’Neill of Plain Scrap.