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Glassjaw Prepares For Recording Return

Of the Oakland Press

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Glassjaw is ready to rock again.

The hardcore group from Long Island, recently trimmed to a quartet from a quintet, has been inactive since 2004 as frontman Daryl Palumbo has concentrated his energies on his other band, Head Automatica. But the band is playing new material on its current tour, and Palumbo recently told MTV that three songs have been recorded — “You Think You’re John (expletive) Lennon,” “Jesus Glue” and “Natural Born Farmer” — and a new Glassjaw album is in the offing for 2007.

“The band is totally reinvigorated,” Palumbo says of Glassjaw, which still includes guitarist Justin Beck, bassist Manuel Carrero and drummer Durijah Lang. Its last release was “Worship and Tribute” in 2002.

“I think that we’ll get that product out of us that we’ve wanted all these years. For this particular band, at this particular point in our career, to get the four of us in a room — I think some beautiful (stuff’s) gonna happen. But it’s going to take a little while.”

Palumbo says Glassjaw plans to return to the studio in January to record another six songs, including one titled “Continental Divide,” and that there will also be “many interludes in between.”

Palumbo also has plans to release a Head Automatica EP in 2007, which he describes as “a lot darker and a lot more discordant” than its two previous albums, including this year’s “Popaganda.” The group will return to the studio in January to record six songs plus “many interludes,” which will make the EP “like a large piece with no breaks, from front to back.”

Palumbo acknowledges that the two projects will “be a balancing act for me,” but he says he’s up to the task.

“Both records will happen at the right pace,” he notes, “but I would like to have them both out next year. That would make me so ... happy.”

Glassjaw, Crime in Stereo and Downers perform Friday (December 22nd) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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