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Glassjaw at the Crofoot, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Glassjaw has been seen and heard more during the past 25 years than simply heard.

The Long Island hardcore rock group, formed and led by frontman Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck, has released just three albums and four EPs during its time together. Last year’s “Material Control,” in fact, was the quartet’s first full-length outing in 15 years.

Nevertheless, the duo has sustained itself with regular touring and shifting lineups that have seen 19 other members make their way in and out of the band. Palumbo and Beck are as excited about Glassjaw now as they’ve ever been, as the rave reviews for “Material Control” attest...

• Before its current tour, Glassjaw’s last concert was on Dec. 1, the day “Material Control” came out. So the group is “excited to have a tone of new (music) to play every night,” Palumbo says by phone. “By the end of the last tour some kids had already learned a little bit of the lyrics from what we’d leaked out, so they knew what was going on.” Beck adds that, “This (album) was a discovery project on so many levels, so I’m excited to see how people feel about it.”

• Glassjaw had no plan to take so long between albums, even with three EPs in between. “We happened to really organically cobble together that many songs at that time, and it was like, ‘Why not? Looks like we’ve got an album,’” Palumbo says. “It’s not like we were holding out for years to cobble the 37 minutes of music together. I think it’s one of these things that happens; We put together music, and it wasn’t necessarily the traditional iteration of a full album. And for all those (people) who gave us (grief), go...yourselves! It’s out. Stop being mad at us.”

• Beck says that despite how often the material comes out, he and Palumbo never have trouble finding things to write about. “In life, there shouldn’t be,” the guitarist notes. “We’re grown-ass men and there’s a lot going on in the world that affects all of us. There’s no way you can run out of (stuff) to talk about. If you’re running out of (stuff) to talk about, you’re in dire need of a vocation.”

If You Go:

• Glassjaw, Quicksand and Spotlights

• Saturday, July 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

• Tickets are $35 advance, $40 day of show.

• Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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