Music / Glassjaw

Glassjaw is a Post-Hardcore band from Long Island, New York. The band was founded in 1992 and has released two albums so far: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Silence (hereby abbreviated as EYEWTKAS - released in 2000) and Worship And Tribute (2002), both, especially Worship and Tribute, regarded as classics within their genre. They are know for putting on chaotic live shows and for their frequent lineup changes.

Current members:

  • Daryl Palumbo- lead vocals
  • Justin Beck- guitars
  • Manuel Carrero- bass
  • Durijah Lang- drums

Tropes:

  • Accent Upon The Wrong Syllable: Any time Daryl uses clean vocals, but it manages to work.
  • Break-Up Song: Most of EYEWTKAS is made up of these. Definitely not the resigned "I wish you the best" kind, either. Daryl had gone through an extremely tough breakup.
  • Broken Record: "Pack your shit, leave, and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave, and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave and take my memories of her with you..."
  • Careful with That Axe
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Well, more of a Cluster Whore Bomb, really. They probably use "whore" on EYEWTKAS more than they use the f-bomb. Very much dialed back with their more sophisticated Worship and Tribute.
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: Averted. The band encourage fans to steal EYEWTKAS off the internet rather than give money to Roadrunner Records by purchasing it. This is due to an ugly spat between the band and Roadrunner after the recording of their first album.
  • Epic Rocking: Stations of the New Cross (6:55), Two Tabs of Mescaline (6:09 without the hidden track), and "Vermont Connection/The Chapter 7 Test or the Ephesians Were Right After All (7:12)
  • High Turnover Rate
  • Ill Boy: Daryl suffers from Crohn's Disease and has had to cancel concerts because of it.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: Daryl's unconventional singing style, combined with loud guitars and frequent screaming make most of their lyrics hard to understand. Not that the general Word Salad helps any.
  • Kick the Dog: Roadrunner allegedly forced Daryl to continue touring, even after the stress of performing caused him to have potentially-fatal relapses of Crohn's Disease.
  • The Lancer: Justin Beck, the only remaining original member other than Daryl.
  • Lighter and Softer: Daryl's other band, Head Automatica.
  • Long Title: "Vermont Connection/The Chapter 7 Test or the Ephesians Were Right After All" and Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence
  • Madness Mantra: "Pack your shit, leave, and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave, and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave and take my memories of her with you/Pack your shit, leave and take my memories of her with you..."
  • Metal Scream: Usually a type 2 or 3.
  • Misogyny Song: "Lovebites and Razorlines", "Hurting and Shoving (She Should Have Let Me Sleep)"... a lot of EYEWTKAS— not because Daryl's a misogynist but because they're about specific girls who've hurt him.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: A 8/9 on their first album, about a 7 on Worship and Tribute and a 5-7 for the last few EPs. Then there are songs like "Siberian Kiss", which goes from a 9 to a 4 and back again twice over the course of the song.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Worship And Tribute mixes their usual Post-Hardcore / Alternative Metal sound with elements of Noise Rock, Funk Rock, Jazz, Pyschedelic Rock, Thrash Metal, and Afrobeat.
  • New Sound Album: Worship and Tribute, which had a more experimental and somewhat lighter sound.
  • Revolving Door Band: Daryl and Justin are the only two original members left. 20 other people have been in the band at various points in time.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Inverted. They don't look intimidating at all, but their music is highly aggressive and emotionally brutal.
  • Shout-Out: "The Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports" includes the lyric "Life's a ball / I run the world from city hall", which is a quote from Frank Zappa's "Brown Shoes Don't Make It". The song is also named after an actual sports radio (and later television) program - a section where Daryl starts imitating a sports announcer includes references to "Bob", which might be a nod to the show's original host, Bob Stanton.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: The Hidden Track on EYEWTKAS. Also, "The Number No Good Things Can Come Of", a piano and drums piece and the lounge-style "Oxycodone", both off of the El Mark EP. Most of the Coloring Book EP also counts.
  • Take That!: Most of EYEWTKAS is a vicious screed against one or more of Daryl's ex-girlfriends.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Most of the lyrics on Worship And Tribute are very ambiguous. In stark contrast to the previous album. Recent material, such as the Coloring Book EP has continued in this style. They haven't released official meanings of their songs, henceforth no one has figured out who Mr. Shiver is or what he's doing in the river.
  • Your Cheating Heart: "Siberian Kiss": "Give me back my pictures of me/Me and you and him makes three.

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