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LIVE! – Glassjaw

April 1, 2011 by  

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LIVE! – Glassjaw

ARTIST: Glassjaw
SUPPORT: Napalm Death
VENUE, TOWN: HMV Forum, Kentish Town
DATE: 30th March 2011

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Glassjaw Sure Are Mighty Fine

MAIN REVIEW: I confess – drinking flat Peroni in the freezing cold sounded like a better option than standing through support Napalm Death play the ‘hits,’ so that is what I did. Maybe they were amazing. Maybe they blew the crowd away with their po-faced grinding musical stylings but you and I, we’ll never know. And I for one can live with that.

They came for Glassjaw in their droves, the air heavy with anticipation and excitement for a headline show and the promise of a free copy of ‘Coloring Book’ afterward. Fringes firmly in place they came, American Apparel hoodies zipped up halfway for all and sadly, not a Head Automatica t-shirt in sight. But these crowd clichés were soon forgotten as the lights went down. From the opening bars, you knew that you were in for a fine old time. Daryl Palumbo was on great form, leaping round the stage like a scrawny man possessed, playing up to the cameras circling the stage, his unique voice not sounding close to cracking once. This energy was reflected in the crowd’s rabid clamouring towards the stage as the band cranked out vitriolic note-perfect versions of old and newer songs. ‘Tip Your Bartender’ and ‘Ape Dos Mil’ were obvious highlights, and a loud rendition of ‘Jesus Glue’ was welcomed heartily.

The front of the stage was a mess of flailing arms and a circle pit opened with the obligatory shirtless Neanderthal and his greasy haired sidekick who would slam into everything that crossed their reeking path with reckless abandon, but all this and more could be tolerated to boogie on down to a tight set that refused to let up. Despite the energy that threatened to spill into chaos the band were cohesive and controlled throughout, quite obviously enjoying themselves as much as their fans. Even the wait between the ‘end’ of the main set and the encore was blessedly short.

This encore, however divided the once adoring crowd somewhat, Glassjaw deciding to eschew ’Cosmopolitan Bloodloss’ et al for playing their new E.P in it’s entirety. As a considerable amount of the crowd dispersed I found myself shaking my funky stuff alone, a gap slowly widening around me. Oh dear. This was either an incredibly brave decision (from Glassjaw, not me, your funky stuff is there to be shaken.) or a pretty self-indulgent one. Either way it was as blistering as the main set and just as worthy of the crowd’s attention despite the fact that for some the songs were unfamiliar. As the clamour began to grab a copy of ‘Coloring Book,’ the band retreated quietly from the stage hopefully to congratulate themselves on an absolutely triumphant return to these shores.

One of the best gigs I have seen in a heck of a long time. Hats off to you, Palumbo and friends…





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