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Begun in the late 2010s as a side project by former Cayetana leader Augusta Koch, Gladie is an indie rock band from Philadelphia whose introspective guitar pop carries undertones of ’90s indie and lo-fi experimentation.
Following 2017’s New Kind of Normal, the second album by Koch’s acclaimed Philly punk trio Cayetana, the singer/songwriter began playing a series of low-key solo shows during which she worked out several new songs that were intended for a new project. Working with collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Matt Schimelfenig, she recorded the 2018 EP Everyone Is Talking But You and began playing live shows with the newly formed Gladie. Announcing Cayetana’s indefinite hiatus the following year, Gladie got to work on a full-length release, which they recorded at Koch’s own studio, the Bunk. Joined by bassist Ian Farmer and drummer Pat Conaboy, the four-piece band issued their debut album, Safe Sins, in February 2020. ~ Timothy Monger