Glass Towers have been going from strength to strength from the moment they were conceived by frontman Benjamin Hannam. But now with a debut album under their belt, there’s simply no stopping them. Luckily, we grabbed them for three minutes and 52 seconds before they blow right up.
Who? Benjamin Hannam
What do you do? Sing and play guitar
City you call home? Sydney
The best thing about being you right now? My bands debut album has just been released and I’m about to play my first ever sold out show tomorrow!
Tea or coffee? Neither
Life changing record? Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
Dream collaboration? David Bowie
What inspires you? Everything and anyone around me plus my own experiences
If not playing a gig where can we find you? At home writing music, reading and hanging out with my girlfriend. Or out on the town with friends.
I’m buying drinks, what’s your poison? Spiced Rum and Ginger Ale
Best record right now? Beach Fossils – Clash The Truth, which a fan of the band got me on to. Digging Ghostpoets new record as well.
One song to guarantee a private car sing-along? Icecube – ‘It Was A Good Day’
Childhood crush? Rachel Weisz & Chan Marshall
Coolest person you’ve ever met? I’ve been touring Australia with the band since I was 18 so there have quite literally been too many interesting/crazy characters I’ve met through my travels to ever start to list here!
The most famous number stored in your phone belongs to…? Luke Pritchard (The Kooks)
Which band would you die to play for, if not your own? The Velvet Underground circa 1967
Favourite, quirky possession? My collection of Roxy Music live DVD’s, not really quirky, more embarrassing really!
Guilty pleasure? Sweet Chilli Sauce
First gig? High School Music Room, playing to parents and school friends
First record? Powderfinger – Odyssey Number Five
There’s a mini, five-band festival at yours, who’s playing? Do I have access to a Teleporter? If so:
The Smiths circa 1986
The Kinks circa 1966
The Doors circa 1968
Lou Reed circa 1972
Led Zeppelin circa 1971
Tell us one odd thing we don’t know? Ants don’t have enough mass to die on impact, no matter the height.
Two minute noodles, Mac & Cheese or baked beans on toast? Two minute noodles
Worst. Movie. Ever? Eat Pray Love, my girlfriend is always watching it.
You and the other half are breaking up, which one record do you fight for? Memory Tapes – Player Piano
It’s Christmas Eve – Die Hard or Home Alone? That’s so easy, Die Hard without a doubt!
What’s on your rider? Beer, spirits, mixers, water, fruit, sandwiches and a bowl of M&M’s with all of the brown ones taken out.
Most embarrassing stage moment? Way too many to list! My mic stand always seems to fall off the stage/collapse halfway through the set.
The world’s ending and Denzel Washington is nowhere in sight – what do you do? Ring Bruce Willis!
Favourite cafe anywhere? The Green Refectory in Brunswick, always the first place we head to after an early morning flight into Melbourne.
If you could be any cartoon character, what would it be? Finn from Adventure Time
Favourite shower croon? Orange Juice – Rip It Up
Song most likely to get you onto the dance floor? I don’t know but it’d have to be something amazing to get me onto a dancefloor in Sydney!
Favourite composition of your own? Way too hard to pick any one particular track! Though I’m really enjoying playing ‘Foreign Time’ live at the moment.
Your favourite compliment about the new album so far? There’s been a quite a few! Most reviews have been really positive and everyone seems to be enjoying the album which is all we could ever ask for really!
What are you doing after answering these questions? Doing some last minute packing for the SA & WA leg of our album tour.
Any final words for your adoring fans? Thank you for listening to/buying our album, those 11 tracks are all very dear to our hearts and we’re incredibly proud of what we’ve released. See you all soon on our August album tour!