28 June 2021





 Artist Biography by Stanton Swihart

Formed in Omaha, NE, in 1992 (but since relocating to Chapel Hill, NC) by multi-instrumentalists/songwriters Jeff Carlson and Doug Edmunds, Gladhands has seen a slow rise to national prominence. They debuted with a self-released cassette, Brilliant Charade, which attracted the attention of various indie labels. The band settled on Big Deal, to which they signed toward the end of 1994. Over the next few years, Gladhands released two well-received CDs, From Here to Obscurity (1995) and La Di Da (1997), both of which garnered strong reviews. (The Association for Independent Music nominated the latter for Best Alternative Rock Album.) Gladhands spent most of the second half of 1997 and beginning of 1998 touring in support of La Di Da, including an opening spot for fellow Chapel Hillers, Ben Folds Five) and gained additional exposure via widespread airplay on college radio and alternative stations. In early 1999, with bassist Pat McGraw added to the band, Gladhands released their third CD for Big Deal, Wow and Flutter. 



1 Kill'em With Kindness
2 Smallsville
3 La Di Da
4 Gore Girls (Gimme More)
5 House Of Mirros
6 Rebound
7 Forget All About It
8 Kat
9 Half The Battle
10 Dissatisfaction
11 Must Mean Love
12 Albatross


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