INTERVIEW: Jake Philley discusses the new Cereal Glyphs record and his love for George Clooney’s Batman!

The latest record from Cereal Glyphs has only been out for a few weeks, but in that short time span The Second Hand has quickly become one of my favorite albums to be released in 2017, and that’s saying something considering the wealth of killer tunes we’ve heard this year. If fuzzy garage rock with a fun-as-hell psychedelic vibe to it sounds like something you might enjoy, these folks do it right, and I couldn’t recommend these songs more.

Get a load of one of my favorite songs from the record titled “So Ordinary” below:

To get a better handle on Cereal Glyphs the band and what turns them on, I asked singer/guitarist Jake Philley a few questions. Thankfully, he answered them.

Never Nervous: Tell us about the making of The Second Hand. Who did what, where was it recorded, and who was turning the knobs?

Jake Philley: Well, if you don’t know already, Cereal Glyphs is Andy Meyers on guitar and lead vocals, Cutter Williams on bass, Jamie Conkin on drums, amber Yates on organ and synth and me, Jake Philley, on guitar. We all did those things on the record. Travis from Guestroom played some extra drums on passions not enough and JC Denison played some extra drums too. We recorded most of the the record to Andy’s tape machine in our practice space on 15th st then threw some other tracks over top via a computer. Andy and Jim Marlow (Tropical Trash/knob twiddling wizard) did the mixing.

NN: How’d the song writing process work, and were there any particular inspirations behind the noise you guys were making?

JP: Songs come together in Cereal Glyphs a number of ways. Sometimes I play drums and Andy and I work shit out that way, other times we do it as a full band. It usually starts with a simple part a part B A B A B idea that andy records. Inspiration-wise we all love our Louisville friends. Tropical Trash is a huge inspiration. They’re the best and I hope Ryan’s broken clavicle heals quick so they can get back out there doin’ excellent things.

“Inspiration-wise we all love our Louisville friends. Tropical Trash is a huge inspiration.”

NN: Explain the name of your band. What does it mean (if anything), and how’d you come up with it?

JP: Nothing’s changed since you asked me that last year lol. If you search my name in the search bar you should be able to find the answe to that one. 😉

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dammit, he’s right. We asked him this last year, and forgot. Dammit.

NN: How would you describe the music that Cereal Glyphs makes to a stranger that has never heard you?

JP: Travis Searle came up with a pretty good quick evaluation our sound awhile back when he was trying to figure out what to tell his record store buddies we sounded like. He said that we were a garage rock band not unlike Ty Segall or The Oh Sees but with a lot of southern rock influence. I like that but think that as we write more songs we’re getting a little more aggressive and a little more psychedelic.

NN: Adding to that, how would you describe the music your band makes to my 83 year old meemaw?

JP: We’re like one of those hippy bands from the 60’s mixed with one of those satanic heavy rock bands from the 70’s.

NN: Now that you’ve got a new record out and about, what’s the plan moving forward? Touring? More records?

JP: We want to play out of town as much as possible for sure. I’m actually answering these from the back seat of a fancy rental van on the way to Atlanta to play with our buddies Dicaprio. We’ve got a couple other things lined up but I’m starting school, Jamie has twins and everyone is busy so touring is tough. We’re definitely continuing to write new stuff! At some point in the near future we’ve got a split 7″ with Insect Policy. That’s going to have a song called “Somebody Else” that’s probably my favorite song we’ve written.

“At some point in the near future we’ve got a split 7” with Insect Policy. That’s going to have a song called “Somebody Else” that’s probably my favorite song we’ve written.”

NN: You’ve been sitting behind the counter at Guestroom Records for a while now. Do you have any interesting experiences from your time working there that you’d care to tell us about?

JP: Guestroom is always interesting. The best is sifting through used LPs and finding weird shit. Old mail order forms from matador and IRS records, love notes, 40 year old weed etc. And of course you don’t get to work a record store with out having the pleasure of chatting with shy teenagers, highly opinionated indie rock fanatics, and most often out of the loop middle aged folks that are befuddled that “THEY STARTED MAKING RECORDS AGAIN?!”.

NN: What are your thoughts on the Twin Peaks revival? If you ask me (which you didn’t) the whole Dougie storyline is fucking stupid.

JP: I haven’t started the new one yet but I dug the first go around.

NN: Which Batman is your favorite Batman, and why?

JP: I’ve been playing the Batman game for PS4 for the past couple weeks. That’s my favorite Batman. I love those games. I dig the most recent films where Batman mumbles the whole time but I think the George Clooney era was the most fun.

“I dig the most recent films where Batman mumbles the whole time but I think the George Clooney era was the most fun.”

NN: Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

JP: I dance with the devil all the time. I’m sure I’ve been out doing something stupid in the middle of the night. So I’ll give that a yes.

NN: What is your favorite thing on the internet right now?

JP: The internet is full of off putting news right now. It’s kind of tough to browse right now. If I had to pick a favorite thing it’d be the recently complete season of Thrasher magazine’s skateboard scavenger hunt King of the Road which I watch on the Viceland website. Those dudes are wild.

NN: Before you go, tell us about one of your favorite records from 2017 thus far. What’s so damn good about it?

JP: My favorite so far is the Kevin Morby record. He’s the best song writer and his production style reminds me of the things I love about the first couple of Leonard Cohen records. And some of the guitar stuff is awesome too.

Pick up your copy of Cereal Glyphs – The Second Hand at Guestroom Records today!