THERE’S something quite mesmerising about the video for Glass Mountain’s debut single, Glacial.

Singer Harry Hanson gazes into the camera, bathed in UV light and a myriad of colours, adding a new dimension to the beautiful, haunting song. It’s a taste of what to expect at a Glass Mountain gig, which feature striking light projections; blending music and visuals.

“We turn the house lights down and use 3D projections. We all come up with ideas for them," says Harry. "We did the Glacial video over two days, in eight takes. I had to drive home for a shower after each take to wash the UV paint off. It still didn't come off."

So what's with the film projections? "We’re just four odd blokes standing on stage," smiles Harry. "The lights create a visual spectacle for our performance.”

Next week the Bradford four-piece will play at new venue Saltaire Salt Beer Factory, joining other local bands for an evening of live music and 3D film. The gigs feature light installations created by multimedia visual artist why isaac? - inspired by the Saltaire landscape - and the line-up also includes Bradford’s melancholy dreamy pop act Lelo and Leeds indie six-piece Talkboy.

The man behind why isaac? is multi-instrumentalist and artist Daniel Dixon, whose mix of loop-based pop and 3D artwork fuse 'youthful flavours of indie rock with heartfelt 60s romancing'. "Daniel creates projections for Glass Mountain gigs. His work is incredible," says Harry. "The 'ticket' for next week's show is a pair of 3D glasses."

Glass Mountain - Harry (vocals and guitar), William Sand (bass and keyboards), Lewis Johnson-Kellett (guitar) and Jonny Newell (drums) - have been together for three years. Since their uncompromising seven-minute debut Glacial, they have built a growing reputation on beautifully crafted, often sorrowful music.

Named after a David Hockney artwork - "We emailed him to ask if we could use some of his artwork but haven't heard back. I guess that's a no," says Harry - the band refuse to answer to commercial conformity.

"We were never a pop-based band, fitting in with the confinements of radio," says Harry. "Glacial was our first musical statement. Tom Robinson on 6 Music got in touch to say he loved it but it was too long for radio. We replied, thanking him for his kind words, but said we wouldn't be chopping it down. We just didn't see why we should have to compromise. He said: 'Fair enough, I'll play it anyway'."

Last year the band released Gin Flows Through My Veins, followed by their Wow & Flutter EP earlier this year. From this came Have To Lie, a song stripped bare, revealing the exposed, vulnerable vocal then to a "dynamic, sorrowful" climax of orchestral drums, cellos and theremins.

Harry, who writes most of the band's lyrics, says the song deals with "how we often pretend we're okay, even when we're not".

"It's about the importance of talking to friends, rather than trying to push bad thoughts away. If you do that, they will come back and hit like a wave,” he says.

Harry met Will while recording with another band. "It was just us two writing songs, then Will invited Jonny to his studio and after 10 minutes we had Glacial. I went to college with Lewis," says Harry, who is studying music production at Leeds College of Music.

Their influences are varied, from The Cure to the Beach Boys. "Jonny's into funk-oriented drums, Lewis likes his shoe-gazing indie, I like sad pop songs and Will got us into Scott Walker. There's no better sound than tight strings, it's so romantic," says Harry, who reveals he has been listening to the likes of Brenda Lee and Connie Francis lately.

"I come across stuff on Spotify 'related artists', I discover new music that way," he says. "Getting your own music onto a streaming platform means you can promote it the way you want. Social media is all I've ever known, it creates a great community of support and feedback."

Following their sold-out Lazy Sunday Afternoon all-dayer, Glass Mountain played a handful of dates this autumn, and plan to release and perform new material next year.

"We've got a new batch of songs, we're sitting on at least five or six new tracks - maybe we'll release an album next year," says Harry.

* Glass Mountain are at Salt Beer Factory on Thursday. Go to


The band has played a handful of dates this autumn and plans to release and perform new material next year.

* Glass Mountain are at Salt Beer Factory on Thursday. Go to