Summer tours are a grueling ordeal for any band, though not many have the stamina and intestinal fortitude of Glassjaw. Despite the knockout-prone connotation of their name, this hardcore quintet
from Long Island, New York ("Strong Island" to the scene's constituents), will go the full 15 rounds this summer.
Following its current tour, which winds down June 25, the band will make the
rounds on both the Warped Tour and Ozzfest until back-to-school time. The
Warped trek kicks off June 21 in Nampa, Idaho, and Glassjaw hitch their
wagon to the caravan six days later in Bonner Springs, Kansas, according to
their publicist. The group stays on the roving music-meets-extreme-sports festival until July 14; then they latch onto Ozzy's extravaganza from
August 10 through a September 8 finish in Dallas.
Playing such double duty might give some bands multiple personality
disorder, but singer Daryl Palumbo isn't concerned with tweaking Glassjaw's
tunes to suit two markedly distinct crowds.
"I'm not really worried at all, because when you come to our shows you'll
see that the attendance is exactly half and half," Palumbo explained. "Half
kids that would attend the Warped Tour, being more of the punk- and
hardcore-leaning, and half kids that are of the whole Ozzfest walk of life
the kids that listen to the more larger-label-sounding metally
In an era marked by almost as many genres and subgenres as bands themselves,
the only way one group can be all things to all people is by not fretting
over how to accomplish such a feat.
"We're going to play what we play," Palumbo said of Glassjaw's strategy.
"The thing is, with our band it's not just from song to song. Our music
spans the spectrum of light and heavy. But it's within songs that span the
spectrum of light and heavy. So whatever our set's going to be, it's going
to be Glassjaw no matter what."
All this roadwork is to promote the band's second album, Worship and
Tribute, due July 9. Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) produced the LP, the
group's first for a major label, as well as its predecessor, 2000's
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Silence, homing in on the
tumultuous impetus that later became scream-addled cathartic outbursts.
The LP's title serves as an homage to what shaped the band folks
ranging from Bad Brains and Tori Amos to their friend Michael, Palumbo's
father, Frank Zappa (Palumbo's "favorite musician and political figure") and
Morrissey ("the single force that invented nose-in-the-air punk"), while
providing commentary on the post-modern world.
"These are all just mammoth forces that have shifted the tides politically,
artistically, visually, musically in so many ways," Palumbo said of his
influences. "And these people move me and force me to create."
But the title "more directly plays into [the idea that] collage is the art
form of the 21st century," he added. "An old friend of mine told me that,
and it's absolutely true. Everything we do, whether it's cited or whether
it's footnoted or whether it's even intentional is a collage of our
influences. We're all just a sum of our influences."
Glassjaw tour dates, according to Warner Bros.:
- 6/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
- 6/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Cotton Club
- 6/14 - Jacksonville, FL @ Marquee Theatre
- 6/15 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
- 6/17 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
- 6/18 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
- 6/19 - Tallahassee, FL @ Cow Haus
- 6/21 - Birmingham, AL @ Five Points Music Hall
- 6/22 - Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
- 6/24 - St. Louis, MO @ Mississippi Nights