Gutierrez was inspired to make music in his small town of Hendersonville, NC once the pandemic kicked into high gear. After honing his craft privately, he released his first song online, which was written/ recorded in one night. “It taught me how structuring works.” he remembers. Drawing inspiration from emo-rap icons like Lil Peep, the glitchy electronic pop of 100 gecs, and the yearning Midwestern emo of bands like American Football, Gutierrez constructed the DNA strands of glaive’s sound—close to the heart and intensely sincere, coated in a candied shell that’s as sweet as it is delightfully sour.