Glassjaw
El Mark


4.0
excellent

Review

by STFDood84 USER (8 Reviews)
August 12th, 2006 | 91 replies | 18,238 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Glassjaw is one of those bands where it's pretty much a consensus among those in the modern post-hardcore scene that they're one of the most important underground-ish bands of the last decade, let alone one of the few standards of true innovation in a genre besiged by endless copycats and laughably untalented bands coasting by on some unimaginative Iron Maiden/Metallica riffs, some fake Thrice-ness, and a 6/8 beat (*cough Funeral For A Friend cough*). They're right up there with bands like Refused, Thrice, Thursday, At The Drive-In, Drive Like Jehu, The Fall Of Troy, and other bands of their prestige in the post-hardcore movement that changed/evolved the genre. So obviously I do respect Darryl a lot as a huge influence musically, but someone needs to remind him that Head Automatica f*cking blows mad nutz, and is laughable in comparison to the emotion, ingenuity, and unadulterated power-ownage of Glassjaw in their prime. Sadly however, it had been almost five years (!) since Glassjaw had released any material into the light of day, and they seem to be taking all the time in the world to record their new record (due sometime, hopefully, mid 2007).

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw this little gem sitting pretty in the iTunes music store. A NEW Glassjaw EP? Not quite. NEW-ER? Yup. Of course I eagerly spent the cheaper-than-cheap $2.94 (yeah, three whole dollars) and DLed these immediately. These songs are actually b-sides from the Worship And Tribute sessions (there are a few more out there, such as "Convectuoso" from the UK edition) and by themselves offer up a pretty good indication of the many faces of Glassjaw's music - the typically loud, make-some-f*cked-noises dynamic genre-bending seen in the title track El Mark, juxtaposed next to the softer, introspective (you could even say poetic) side showcased in the other two songs; the loungy, piano driven The Number No Good Things Can Come Of and the almost... dare I say it... bass & drum beat-jazz of Oxycodone. These two songs are pretty much the most left-field stuff out of Daryl & Co.'s territory yet... and they still rock. His vocals definitely take the spotlight in those songs, especially in Oxycodone where his rapidly undulating vocals almost take it into some soulful floetry. It's great chill stuff to listen to.

El Mark is simply a fantastic song, a bit straightforward musically for Glassjaw, but different too. One of the dope aspects is that throughout most of the verses in the song, Justin Beck is just riffing his friggin' head off with all sorts of neat, techy, super-catchy leads while Todd plays the weird, ambiguous chords behind the rhythm and power of Glassjaw's basslines. It's about as conventional as Justin Beck's leads get and it's pretty cool to see him do something note-y and conventional other than making noises (which rock equally). An especially cool part in the song is how the intro speeds up from a stompy 3/4 section into a galloping, jumpy 4/4 pop-punk beat as Darryl goes over the top with his trademark high-pitched roar. The main riff consists mainly of some wicked, staggered natural harmonics, with Beck and Weinstock's lines intertweaving and sliding around each other like snakes. It's a testament to how ill their guitar tandem was in the day. The chorus is just fantastically catchy, with Darryl singing "You're driving me crazy." Perfect stuff.

Get the three dollars and buy this if you like good music.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
davybum69
August 12th 2006



161 Comments


Isn't that the Worship and Tribute cover.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
August 12th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"El Mark" is my favorite fast Glassjaw song.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 12th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This ep is pretty awesome.

astrel
August 12th 2006



2614 Comments


Head Automatica does "f*cking blows mad nutz" I agree. Good review, I didn't even know they had this EP out. I will have to search into this.This Message Edited On 08.12.06

Unhappy_Dean
August 12th 2006



107 Comments


Nice review.

STFDood84
August 14th 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I concur with DFelon, El Mark is too sick.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 17th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also, I finally got "Oxycodone" and that song is sweet. It's like the more rapped version of "St. Alex."

StrizzMatik
December 18th 2006



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dammit I still don't have "St. Alex"! And a few other b-sides from Worship, like "Grasper" and "Tewt"... yeah this EP rox though.

DFelon, is there any way I can merge my STFDood stuff with my current StrizzMatik sh*t?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
December 18th 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dunno, you should ask in the site forum (15).

The Jungler
February 11th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This EP is pretty tight. El Mark is a really awesome song, as is Oxycodone, but The Number No Good Things Can Come Of is kind of average.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
February 14th 2007



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Heh somebody labeled Glassjaw as emo.
This is probably up there on my favorite EP's. No song is below excellent here, even if its only around 3 songs/14 minutes.

The Jungler
February 14th 2007



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They aren't really that far from Emo.
Do you really think The Number No Good Things Can Come of is excellent?

StrizzMatik
March 20th 2007



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Number is pretty damn good. It almost reminds me of the song played at the end of Metal Gear Solid 2. Very New Yawk-ish.

Crazy to say but "St. Alex" is actually the same song as "The Number No Good Things Can Come Of", only acoustic.This Message Edited On 07.27.07

willfellmarsy
January 15th 2009



3849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oxycodone is the bees knees...i can't stop listening to it

gaslightanthem
January 15th 2009



5209 Comments


yeah this has some of glassjaw's best songs - as in all of them rule

WeepingBanana
August 10th 2010



10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i've been listening to this a lot lately

RebelWithoutApplause
September 12th 2010



220 Comments


i've been listening to this a lot lately [2]

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2010



6079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oxy is delicious but track 2 sucks

Digging: Your Old Droog - Your Old Droog

WeepingBanana
September 21st 2010



10075 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you guys are fools

StrizzMatik
September 30th 2010



3182 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So much fail in the last few comments



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