Glass Halo: Champions of Birdy’s Rock the Circle City

Combining inspiring lyrics, anthemic choruses, catchy pop structures, winding, driven guitars, and an excellent stage presence, Glass Halo is currently on top of the charts in Indianapolis. The band is a pretty standard four piece ensemble – two guitars, bass, and drums – that writes fairly standard radio rock songs, but they’ve managed to work up a following in Indy and throughout the Midwest, playing lots of big name Indianapolis festivals and venues. In a city that has no shortage of cutting edge experimental groups (Burnt Ones, Beta Male), virtuoso jazz legends (Steve Allee, Clifford Ratliff), and neck breaking metal (Summon the Destroyer), the radio friendly, easily digestible rock and roll of Glass Halo is a refreshing contrast to the artistic variety of the scene in Indianapolis cultural districts like Broad Ripple Village and Mass Ave.

Video of Glass Halo performing “Forever Gone” live at CT Pepper’s in Indianapolis


Glass Halo initially had a hard time finding gigs in the Circle City. Though Indianapolis has a wide range of bands spanning genres from jazz to metalcore, there doesn’t seem to be much of an audience for radio rock, the type of music Glass Halo most easily fits in with. This Indianapolis band might have faded into obscurity of not for a major contest at Birdy’s Bar & Grill, one of the most well known Indianapolis music venues. Glass Halo conquered over 50 other Indianapolis bands to earn the title of Champion at the 2010 Battle of Birdy’s, one of the largest Indianapolis events for the music community. Their stage presence, musical spontaneity, and catchy tunes earned them almost $4,000, a sum they put towards recording their first full-length, The World Through Different Eyes, which saw release to the Indianapolis music world in March of 2010.

Video log of Indianapolis band Glass Halo recording their debut LP, The World Through Different Eyes, at Russian Recording in Bloomington, Indiana


Glass Halo is comprised of four Indianapolis musicians: Eric Arnett on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Aaron Enneking on lead guitar, David Grodzki on bass, and Jason Kuykendall on drums; all members share in vocal duties, creating textured harmonies off of Arnett’s lead vocal. The group was formed by Arnett in 2005, when the group began playing the usual circuit of Indianapolis bars to mostly positive response. In their earlier years, the Indianapolis band record two EPs, both of which did fairly well in sales and increased the reputation of the band. The Streets of No Fortune was released in 2008, This Love I Can’t Carry came out in 2009, and their first full length, The World Through Different Eyes, was put out just a few months ago, in March.

Video of Glass Halo performing “This Love I Can’t Carry” live at Birdy’s Bar & Grill in Indianapolis


Each member of the band has their own stylistic influences which they combine to create a poppy, easy to love sound. Drummer Jason Kuykendall cites the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Why Store as influences, while frontman Arnett professes Ryan Adams, The National, and Coldplay as integral to his sound. Despite the musical differences, the various pieces of Glass Halo combine to create one of the Circle City’s most accessible groups. Their new full length should see radio play on WRZX 103.3, the city’s alternative rock station. The band has a solid rhythm section that’s at its best in songs like “You Can’t Save Me” and “The Way You Are;” Glass Halo is also known for writing catchy melodies that progress into powerful, feel good choruses that all carry a bit of an edge.

Video of Glass Halo performing “Going Nowhere” live at CT Pepper’s in Indianapolis


There’s no telling what’s next for Glass Halo. The band is currently riding a wave of momentum after their Battle of Birdy’s win and the release of The World Through Different Eyes. In 2010, Glass Halo is scheduled to headline the 7th Annual Slamology Car and Truck Show Music Festival, two days of classic cars, skateboarding, and live music. They’re also touring several Indianapolis bars and music venues, including The Melody Inn, a return to Birdy’s, The Emerson Theater, and The Vogue. In the past, Glass Halo has been seen at CT Peppers, the Hard Rock Cafe, Spin Nightclub, the Rathskeller Restaurant, the now defunct Fionn MacCool’s Irish Pub, and many more. All signs point to more Glass Halo in the future of Indianapolis music; who knows, they may even hit the national stage before too long!

For more information on Glass Halo, including news, tour dates, videos, song samples, and more, visit the band’s homepage.

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