Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the last 18 years, you will have no doubts over who Glassjaw are and what they do. They’re a band who needs no introduction, and any that I try and give them will not be able to do them justice. To those in the know, they’re probably known as the original post-hardcore band as well as possibly one of the finest. They have inspired many a contemporary to try and follow in their footsteps, not many have succeeded. Following their long hiatus, this is a release that is meant to long anticipated forthcoming full-length album, and if this EP is anything to go by it should be one of the strangest releases of 2011.
Glassjaw are no strangers to the experimental side of music; in fact they are one of the pioneers of it, and to back this up they have created an EP that fuses jarring guitar work, swirling electronics and dark melodic passages that overall, create something truly beautiful. At times, like on ‘Stations Of The New Cross’, Daryl Palumbo‘s voice resonates hauntingly over the mellow backing track through the verses before meeting some interesting, distorted guitar work towards the end. At the other end of the spectrum, ‘Gold’ picks up the pace brilliantly with its hard hitting guitars and stirring, angst ridden vocals whilst incorporating a dub drop in the background. These dub/dance beats are not a one-off occurrence either, throughout ‘Vanilla Poltergeist Snake’ they are common, whilst opener ‘Black Nurse’ kicks off with a slow dance beat hammered in by Durijah Lang on the drums.
‘Miracle In Inches’ provides a glimpse of Glassjaw at their angst ridden best, as the song twists and turns through driving guitars and echoing synthesizers. The largely instrumental ‘Daytona White’ is a fantastic closer as it provides something that entices the listener and make them want more.
It would be impossible to sum this EP effectively as there are really no words to describe what the band have created here. It falls just short of perfect. Obviously, if you are not in the market for this type of music then you’re not going to enjoy it, but anybody who is an avid follower of the band will certainly not be disappointed. This is a spectacular EP, and hopefully the full-length will be just as good if not even better. Be sure to pick that up whenever it drops over here.
Written by Oliver Thompson