Glaswegians (by name only): Sean Allred, bass and backup vocals; Reed Murray, drums, keyboards and backup vocals; Matt Segallos, lead vocals and guitar; and Chris "Boomer" Brickman, guitar and backup vocals. They are not Scottish.
Why Glasgow? "It's the name of a song I wrote about a girl I met in California," Segallos said. "I substituted the city Glasgow for another city she was flying in from, so it's a feeble attempt to mask her identity."
Brickman puts it in simpler terms: "We like one-word band names."
Young dudes: Three are 21, and the youngest is Murray, who turned 20 this month. "I'm almost drinking age," jokes Murray, a Starbuck's employee who admits to quaffing a lot of coffee.
Three-quarters homegrown: They all attended high school in Tampa, except for Brickman, who's from Ohio.
Help from their friends: Glasgow formed two months ago in North Tampa. They've been helped by brothers Travis and Cannon Hearne of popular local band Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, a band they're nothing like stylistically but with whom they share ardent bromantic love — so much so, that Glasgow even practices at the Hearnes' parents' house and call their mom "Mother Teresa." They praise her for serving pizza during rehearsals.
Awesome cover: They open their set with Alabama's country classic Dixieland Delight.
Their sound: Glasgow gives off an indie vibe without being frou-frou. Mellow, rocking, dynamic, Glasgow recalls snippets of vintage experimental bands such as early Pink Floyd, and current bands like Aloha or a stripped-down Radiohead.
Delay reaction: "You're noticing the psychedelic delay," Brickman says about his guitar style when compared to early '70s riffage. "I'm in love with delay. I steal my friends' delay pedals!"
Interesting duality: There's an uncanny Donny and Marie split in musical tastes. Segallos and Reed are a little mellow, into country-folky stuff, and Brickman and Allred lean more toward straightforward rock 'n' roll. They all enjoy many of the same bands, like Arcade Fire. "Reed and I love Arcade Fire so much we want to make babies to their music," Segallos admits, only half-jokingly.
Singing: Segallos has an expressive vocal style with an emotive vibrato. Influences include Chris Martin of Coldplay and Pedro the Lion's David Bazan — a pleasant counterpoint to Glasgow's subdued dynamics.
Hear them: 8 p.m. Friday with Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander, Someday Souvenir and Urbane Cowboys, at Crowbar in Ybor City. $6. (813) 241-8600.