Gloss Half Full

Minneapolis dream-pop group Gloss is still finding its footing.

by Patrick Maloney


What: “Dream Sequence,” featuring Prissy Clerks, Teenage Moods, Nallo and Gloss


When: 7 p.m., Saturday


Where: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 S. Cedar Ave., Minneapolis


Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door


The members of Gloss aren’t veterans in the Twin Cities’ music scene.

“I’ve had no experience besides high school talent shows,” said singer and guitarist Jeff Cornell. “It’s been weird getting used to playing live.”

With only 10 shows under their belt, Gloss isn’t quite used to it yet.

“Jack [Woolsey], the bass player, gets super nervous,” Cornell said. “He doesn’t eat before shows because he thinks he’s going to throw up during it.”

Even the most experienced of the band members, drummer Jordan Bleau, is a little out of his comfort zone.

“I’m not really a drummer,” he said. “I’m a guitar player and a vocalist.”

But Bleau and the band as a whole come off far more polished than one would expect given their limited experience. Woolsey’s stage presence channels the energy of punk rock while, behind a curtain of guitar and synth sound, Bleau’s drum parts shine for their precision and originality. Not bad for a guy who refers to drumming as “hitting the shiny stuff.”

“We have fun once we get past that initial nervousness,” Bleau said.

That much is obviously true. Bleau met Cornell and fellow guitarist Sean Neppl at a Craft Spells concert where they were the only people dancing.

“Nobody moves at shows,” Neppl said. “This is danceable music. It’s OK to move.”

From there, Neppl and Cornell invited Bleau to the suburbs to practice in their parents’ basements. It wasn’t long before the band materialized, adding Woolsey on bass and Emmy Carter on synthesizers.

“It kind of clicked after the second or third practice, and we started getting more serious about it,” Cornell said.

That doesn’t mean any of the fun has gone away. “We’re buds,” Bleau said. “We chill; we play dice together and go to shows.”

As for the music, Gloss is thinking big.

“We have a maximalist approach,” Neppl said. “We try to make it seem really full. We always want walls of reverb and really big guitar sounds”.

The band’s name refers to the  shimmery, clean sound under Cornell’s soaring vocals.

While most other dream-pop bands are fairly mellow, Gloss brings in elements of punk and dance to diversify their sound.

“We’re all huge music nerds,” Bleau said, “and each of us have different influences. I don’t hear a lot of bands that sound like us.”

Despite playing 7th Street Entry and debuting their new B-side on The Current, members aren’t planning on quitting their day jobs just yet.

“It’s for fun,” Neppl said. “We’d like to see what people think and then go from there.”