22 January 2010

MM Vol 2 - 077 - Glassjaw


MM Vol 2 #077

Glassjaw

"Ape Dos Mil"

(2002)
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................Genre: Hardcore...............
Damn filthy humans
Yeah, this type of music was a change for me. And i needed it. Shame this particular song wasn't so shit hot ... but it was putting me on the right direction of the sound i was looking for. Truth is, this is the only song I have by Glassjaw in all 20 volumes of Mellow Mix i have made [so far]. Who knows, this band has been performing since 1993 and are still going strong, so who knows .... there might be another song by Glassjaw oneday ... mind you the members of Glassjaw do frequently like getting involved in side projects ... as you will read below.
To be fair, this song 'Ape Dos Mil" even after all this time, sounds a lot better in 2010 than it did in 2002. After all, hardcore does take a bit of getting use to. I'd like to say i have grown into the "genre" but it's still taking me a bit of time.
Jaw dropping logo?
Long Island, NY-based progressive hardcore band Glassjaw was formed by singer Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck in 1994, longtime friends who began collaborating as teens. Roster changes regularly plagued the influential group during its formative years, with guitarist Todd N. Weinstock, bassist Manuel Carrero, and drummer Sammy Siegler completing the lineup for Glassjaw's 2000 debut album, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence. Siegler was replaced by ex-Orange 9MM drummer Larry Gorman for the band's summer tour in support of the Deftones. Carrero was also replaced by Dave Allen. Two years later, Glassjaw inked a deal with Warner Bros. and issued Worship and Tribute in July 2002. The band slowly became less and less active, seeing more membership changes in late 2004 when Weinstock left to pursue his own band, the retro-dance outfit Men, Women and Children, and Manuel Carrero rejoined in place of a departed Allen. Singer Daryl Palumbo's side project, Head Automatica, also took Gorman away, Durijah Lang coming on in his place. After about a two-year hiatus, Glassjaw played a handful of shows in 2005 and got back together again in late 2006 for a stretch of tour dates. ~ [Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide]
Worship & Tribute
What orbs? oh those
Glassjaw changes personnel slightly and moves up to major label Warner Bros. Records from Roadrunner for its second album, Worship and Tribute. But the band's musical approach remains the same, which is to say it is a showcase for lead singer and lyricist Daryl Palumbo. Palumbo, like his greatest influence, Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction, wants to use the heavy metal format as a soapbox for his views. While the band tries to work up a head of steam, pummeling and roaring through conventional metal passages, Palumbo interrupts the flow with a series of alternate strategies. "We are the most impassioned ugly people," he declares in "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss," and he justifies that statement in terms not always so articulate in his other lyrics. Disaffected from the complexities of life, he is not so much enraged as bitterly amused, and he responds by repeating puns (e.g., "Denial is a river in Egypt," in "Trailer Park Jesus") or quoting his influences ("Life is such a ball/I run the world from City Hall," sung in "The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports," is a line from Frank Zappa). This is, perhaps, the worship and tribute he has in mind. Musically, the group shows far more versatility than most of its metal peers, perfectly willing to slow the tempo, replicate the sound of a field recording, or let Palumbo pretend to be a sports announcer if he likes. And that helps make them more interesting than their metal peers. Glassjaw can pound it out like the best of them, but the fun comes in never knowing what variation the band will throw in next. ~ [William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide]
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