Review Summary: I find this so peculiar, how you sit and stare (1gg3-2011)
This is my second review on this site, a while after the first. Just like the first review (which was on a Pendulum record), I am first going to tell you about how Glassjaw became one of my favorite bands in just a few weeks.
Glassjaw came up often when looking around for similar bands to my personal favorite, being Cali flat-earth shoegazer kings Deftones. I had already sunken my teeth into WELL (I’m sorry) over 90% of Poison the Well’s discography and simply wanted more. I tried Thrice and after multiple listens decided that Thrice does absolutely nothing for me and then, as sort of a last resort, turned to Glassjaw. I somewhat actively avoided their music for a while, for reasons unknown. Maybe that’s exactly why I was “scared”, I simply didn’t know what to expect of this band. “*** it,” I said, and typed the band name into the YouTube search bar, and played Cosmopolitan Blood Loss for the first time. It was, interesting to say the least. I didn’t think of it as unappealing per se, or poser-ish, but I simply found it to be sounding ugly, which funnily enough was also my initial reaction to Deftones.
Fast-forward a few days, and you’ll find me overexaggerating “when people whisper it makes her nervuuUUs”. What a ***ing otherworldy song. Amazing. Anyways, this is a Coloring Book review (I guess), and we’re still talking about Worship and Tribute. I think it had something to do with it being added to Spotify, thus I decided to give it a whirl. Once again, I had no idea what to expect from such a simple looking EP, just plain red.
Funny how the record sounds then proceeds to sound more like every color than just one, because Black Nurse took me completely by surprise. Dub/reggae-inspired rhythm’s and basslines? It’s surprising for sure. Two tracks later, on Vanilla Poltergeist Snake, I am hooked.
Every single song on here slaps. I don’t care if the terminology is considered cringe, it’s the damn truth. While I have yet to form a cohesive opinion about the albums in their individual entirety, I do know for sure that I ***ing love this EP. It’s something completely different from their last release (not counting Our Color Green). This review in no way does this release justice but I just felt like doing this.
Not a single bad track. Vanilla Poltergeist Snake has a sexy ass chorus.
Thank you, Glassjaw