Gloss began in 2012 as the project of long time friends Jeff Cornell, Sean Neppl, and Jackson Woolsey. Shortly after forming, Jordan Bleau joined on drums and Emmy Carter on synthesizers. Following Bleau's departure in 2013, Josh Olson joined on drums.
Gloss have moved forward by looking backwards. Digging deeper into their influences has recast the band as post-punk vanguards and goth classicists, without shedding their gauzier tendencies. Gloss have slid from After the Snow back to Mesh & Lace, Low Life to Movement, and towards Pornography rather than Wish.