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BAND: Gliss

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, California

PLAYERS: Martin Klingman (vocals, guitar), David Reiss (bass, guitar), Victoria Cecilia (drums, vocals)

WHAT TO BUY: The band’s debut album, Love The Virgins, boasts a thrashy garage-rock sound with shades of Krautrock and the darker side of glam. Discerning ears will detect hints of the Stooges, Bauhaus, and the original Alice Cooper Group—had the latter removed the cartoon-like component from its ominous vibe. Gliss says it “makes ‘doing bad’ sound good enough not to dissuade anyone from hedonism.”

GUITARS: The Les Paul Classic is the go-to guitar for both Klingman and Reiss. The guitarists also share a 1965 ES-330 on occasion. “There’s not a guitar on the market that plays and sounds as incredible as a Gibson,” Klingman says. “Our fans often write to us asking how we get those tones. We just say, ‘Gibson baby!’”

WHY YOU’VE ALREADY HEARD THEM: Gliss have toured extensively, opening for the likes of Secret Machines, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and We Are Scientists. Billy Corgan personally chose them as opening act for his 2005 Future Embrace European Tour. Their song “Huh What?,” from the new disc, was also featured in a MasterCard TV commercial. Currently the band is on tour with the Raveonettes.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: “Gliss” is short for “glissando,” a music term designating “a rapid slide through a series of consecutive tones in a scale-like passage.” The term also connotes the band’s glam influence. Remember the line about “saddening glissando strings” in Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane”?

BEST GIG THUS FAR: This past summer, when Smashing Pumpkins did its nine-show residency in Asheville, North Carolina, Gliss performed as opening act.

MAIN INFLUENCES: T.Rex, the Stooges, Stone Roses, Depeche Mode, Wolf Parade, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine

BACKSTORY: Reiss and Klingman have known one another and played in bands together for the better part of a decade. Cecilia—formally trained on keyboards and bass—met the guys three years ago after she moved from Denmark to L.A. An avid reader, Cecilia cites Dostoevsky, Kafka, J.D. Salinger, and F. Scott Fitzgerald as her favorite novelists. Each member of the band is a multi-instrumentalist. On-stage they often trade duties on guitar, bass, and drums.

WHERE TO FIND THEM: MySpace, Gliss website

WHERE TO BUY: iTunes