On December 1, 2015, Long Island post-hardcore legends Glassjaw quietly released a new track. “New White Extremity” is the first song from the band’s forthcoming album, and its release has been hailed as the “return” of Glassjaw. What many in the music community don’t realize, however, is that Glassjaw never actually went anywhere. Though the band hasn’t released a full-length record since 2002’s critically acclaimed Worship and Tribute, they have been far from inactive.
Rumblings of the band’s demise began circulating due to a number of show cancelations in 2002 and 2003, only to be encouraged in 2004, when singer Daryl Palumbo released Decadence with dance-punk act Head Automatica. In August 2005, however, these rumors were laid to rest: after a two year hiatus, Glassjaw played three shows in New York, including a set at the Hammerstein Ballroom opening for The Used.
In the years following, Glassjaw continued to perform with some regularity, including tours with the Deftones in 2006 and Brand New in 2009. Despite all of this activity, the band had very little media exposure and gave few interviews. Fans were left to wonder when they would see new studio material, and the answer wouldn’t come until late 2010, when Glassjaw sold a series of 7” vinyl singles through their online store. On January 1, 2011, these five tracks were released as a digital EP called Our Color Green (available on Amazon), but that wasn’t all the band had in store.
That very evening, Glassjaw played a show at The Best Buy Theater in Times Square. After a set including the entirety of Our Color Green sprinkled between the band’s classic tracks, Palumbo mused, “You would think a closet could only be so big, but sometimes the skeletons that are in them, in fact, are the astonishing part.” The band then launched into an encore set containing five more brand new songs. These songs were from the Coloring Book EP, which would be handed out for free at every show on Glassjaw’s headlining tour in the following months.
“New White Extremity” may be the first taste of a full-length Glassjaw album in over thirteen years, but to call it a comeback track would be to ignore a decade of touring and two excellent EPs.
Glassjaw will be supporting Coheed and Cambria on their upcoming North American tour. The tour begins tonight in Boston!
Article by Jesse Mangan.