POZ BandsOnBands: I The Mighty On Glen Hansard

by Zack Zarrillo - Jun 10, 2013

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Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting this PropertyOfZack feature today with Brent Walsh of I The Mighty. The band will be releasing Satori tomorrow, and it can be pre-ordered here.

In this week’s feature, Brent discusses his love for Glen Hansard. Brent shares his long-time influence from folk/singer-songwriters as a whole and specially Hansard’s influence on him. Listen to songs by Glen Hansard here and check out what Brent had to say about one of his biggest influences below!

From Brent Walsh of I The Mighty:

A lot of people may be surprised to know that I have been heavily influenced by a handful of folk/singer songwriters since I picked up a guitar about ten years ago. First it was a local artist named Dave Smallen (Street To Nowhere), then came Conor Oberst, then Benjamin Gibbard/Death Cab, and most recently Glen Hansard. I decided to do this excerpt on Glen since he has had the most influence on me as of late and also to raise awareness of his beautiful music that is not nearly well known enough for my liking. He deserves every ounce of recognition he can get.

I first discovered him years ago from the movie “Once” in which he not only starred, but also wrote all the music for. There are about five different scenes/songs in the movie that give me chills. I immediately bought the soundtrack and learned almost every song. To this day he is one of my favorite people to cover. In fact, I believe there are two old videos on YouTube of me covering “Leave” and “Say It To Me Now.”

What inspires me about Glen, is not only his amazing lyricism and songwriting talent, but the immense amount of passion that he sings with. The combination he throws together - of pretty, grit, vibrato, and scream in some of his music - is incredible. But it’s not just that, the guy is consistent as hell. Every video of him online, every live performance he does, is perfect…some even better than the recording, and allgenuine and passionate. You can tell he’s a man who lives for what he does and was made to perform.

During live shows, he often poetically describes what influenced each song in his soft spoken Irish accent, working in a joke here or there. He works the room, gets huge crowds to sing along in tune, then harmonizes with them. It’s pretty unique and the vibe he creates is so welcoming and comforting. 

If you’re looking for something to check out by him after this accidental sales pitch, look up the songs I mentioned earlier (his version) and give him a listen. Then buy the “Once” soundtrack. 

Then buy the new I the Mighty record on June 11th and listen to the acoustic folk song “Occupatience.” It may have been partially inspired by Glen…

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