Growing up together in Eagan as indie-music-loving outsiders, three of Gloss's founding members were far from the toast of the town. "We didn't really have very many other friends growing up," admits singer/guitarist Jeff Cornell sheepishly of himself, bassist Jack Woolsey, and guitarist Sean Neppl, now in their early 20s. The statement elicits laughs from Woolsey and keyboardist Emmy Carter over cups of hot chocolate at Cahoots in St. Paul. Cornell works there part-time as a barista when he's not studying at Augsburg College or making music. "We were definitely the music geeks at our school. That was the only thing that mattered to us, and we couldn't really understand how people could even have other interests. So it was weird trying to make friends who weren't big music nerds like us." No longer music geeks confined to their parents' basements, the trio of lifelong pals eventually linked up with Carter and drummer/producer Jordan Bleau to go public as Gloss. Featuring shimmering six-strings, rubbery high-toned bass, and chilly synthesizers, their debut EP, Between Themselves, recalls dream-pop practitioners like Wild Nothing as well as '80s U.K. icons like Echo and the Bunnymen. (Photo by Ben Swanson)
Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., 2014

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