Nov. 17, 2002

Glassjaw Drops Jaws With Intense Sound and Full Bill of Supporting Bands

By Randy J. Klodz

"Something weird is going on in Chicago, we've sold more records in Chicago than L.A. and New York—our home town—it's weird, it's awesome," said Glassjaw vocalist Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Todd Weinstock in unison while on their tour bus right after their Nov. 17 stop in Chicago. "We love playing here it's always dope," Palumbo added.

Long Island's Glassjaw took its hardcore sound to the Metro on Nov. 17 and brought three bands of nearly equal power with them on its tour, those being The Blood Brothers, Christiansen and American Nothing.

The Blood Brothers, hailing from Seattle, dropped some jaws of their own across the packed Metro crowd with their off-the-wall, and almost indescribable noise. The short set was greeted by an audience frustrated that it was time for the Blood Brothers to exit the stage. Christiansen then took the stage with 21-year-old singer Brandon Bondehagan and his band playing some heavy fuzz-infused rock. Boston's American Nothing greeted the crowd with more than a growl as fans shouted back lyrics and sentiments toward them during "Shoplifting in a Ghost Town" and other songs.

But as the lights went out one last time, Glassjaw—Daryl Palumbo (vocals), Todd Weinstock (guitar), Justin Beck (guitar), Dave Allan (bass) and Larry Gorman (drums)—played a rousing 70 minute set comprised of songs from both of their major-label albums, 2000's "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence" and this year's "Worship and Tribute."

Palumbo, equipped with a camouflage hat placed sideways on his cranium, did his usual spaz-like contortions and fist punches while delivering heavy tracks "Tip Your Bartender," "Siberian Kiss," "The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports," and "Convectuoso" among others. To show a dimension hardly seen in many hardcore bands, Glassjaw has the ability to take things down a notch with a "slow" song or two. Glassjaw did just that with "Ape Dos Mil" and "Must've Been Running."

With an opening spot in 2000 on Deftones' "White Pony" tour, a run on a SnoCore Rock tour, and most recently, a stint on the second stage of this year's OZZfest bill, Glassjaw has taken to the road with a vengeance.

With a ticket price of only $12.50 Chicago hardcore fans got exactly what they were looking for with this bill, for a little over $3 a band. Glassjaw's touring schedule looks to be a busy one, with domestic stops as well as international dates all over the globe. For more info on Glassjaw, check out www.glassjaw.com.

Daryl Palumbo of Glassjaw Photo: Randy J. Klodz