Glassjaw Pulling Double Duty On Warped Tour, Ozzfest

Band will drop new album June 9 and spend most of the season on the road.

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

bands."

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