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Under Glass [US slang] - in prison.
The second single lifted from The Miserable Rich's third album: Under Glass was the first song to be written for Miss You In The Days, and quickly became a firm favourite in the band's live shows, structured around the dramatic crescendo of Mike Siddell's furious violin instrumental section as the song builds to its climax. James says of the song: “I wrote it having just read The Collector by John Fowles, a deeply disturbing novel told from the perspective of a sociopathic misfit who collects butterflies and gets the idea to do the same with a beautiful young woman.
“I had just split up with a girlfriend at the time, and without going into details of her private life, she had had a very tough start and had managed to pull herself out of it. When I went to her hometown, a place ravaged by unemployment, boredom, alcohol and heroin abuse and commonplace domestic violence, my admiration for her strength, fortitude and good humour grew to disbelieving wonder - and it’s these qualities that give the uplifting element to a song inspired by some profound bleakness. A good girl.
“The title comes from an American slang term; to be ‘under glass’ is to be in prison, watched and controlled. Something about this term, the butterflies in their frames, and the photos my ex used to send to her mum to be framed by the bedside fused in my mind as I wrote the words and the tune.”
Originally released on Halloween last year, the album is re-released on May 7th with three new tracks, the now completed final songs from the sessions at Blickling Hall in Norfolk. The extra tracks will also be available as limited edition EP, Miss You More, and via download from iTunes.
'deserves to eat your soul on the long, burning road to Hell' BBC Online
'with this third album they’ve produced something of a masterpiece' The WORD
To accompany the release, The Miserable Rich head out on a UK tour in April/May:
Tues 17th April - London The Lexington
Wed 18th April - York Stereo
Thurs 19th April - Preston Mad Ferret
Fri 20th April - Manchester The Deaf Institute
Saturday 21st April - Oxford Jericho Tavern
Sunday 22nd April - Leicester The Musician
Monday 23rd April - Norwich Arts Centre
Thursday 26th April - Sheffield Riverside
Friday 27th April - Chester Telford's Warehouse
Thursday 3rd May - Cardiff Ten Feet Tall
Fri 4th May - Bristol Thekla
Sat 5th May - Brighton Green Door Store
Release/catalogue number: HS415