When the band drifted into an indefinite hiatus from 2004-08, Glassjaw pretty much fell off my radar. But they've been drumming up some buzz over the past couple of years following the band's resurgence, and the release of Our Color Green proved the band still has the hardcore prowess to turn heads in the scene.
Last Friday, Glassjaw visited the Metro to launch the band's new release, Coloring Book EP. The show itself was impressive, with plenty of lights and visual cues to accompany the explosive, ear-splitting musical display. Glassjaw played a tight, engaging live show that spanned many of the group's best songs (like "Two Tabs of Mescaline" from 2002's Worship and Tribute) and bared their teeth by playing up the hardcore edge that's built them their scene cred.
In terms of the new release that accompanied the show (Coloring Book EP), the band came out onstage after their typical live set to perform the album in its entirety. Hearing the EP after seeing the show, it makes a lot more sense; Glassjaw simply compiled some of their more indie-sounding tracks onto one EP. Without hearing the album beforehand, the second set seemed a little difficult for the crowd to grasp, myself included. After a blisteringly heavy and fast first-half, the Coloring Book EP set just didn't translate well.
That said, it's good to know that Glassjaw is alive, well and making kick-ass music again. I highly recommend the live show.
"It's all calypso, but it's not easy to know." -- Glassjaw