Glassjaw delivers knockout blow at Philly’s Trocadero



Doug Reed

Hardcore Long Island rockers Glassjaw performed at Philadelphia’s Trocadero on Nov. 22. The band recently released their new album, “Worship and Tribute.” The Villanovan sat down with two members of the band, lead singer Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Todd Weinstock.

Douglas Drake: What does Glassjaw mean? How did you come up with it?

Daryl Palumbo: It doesn’t mean anything. I like boxing a lot, my dad was a boxer. I boxed since, like, eighth grade. I don’t know, sounded like a hardcore band.

DD: How or when was your break getting signed to Warner Bros. Records?

DP: We are still an underground band, just a hardcore. We may be bigger.

Todd Weinstock: We are on a major label now. When our producer Ross heard us, I don’t think it was a time. We had been playing forever, and just gotten to this level. Not that this level is that crazy, but it’s going well.

DD: Would you like to stay as an underground band?

DP: Well, if we get big, we get big.

TW: We don’t want to be a pop-rock TRL act. [laughing]

DP: We don’t sound like one of those bands.

TW: We are playing are music like we play, and if people like it, cool. But we are not trying to be Sum 41 or anything.

DD: What is the strangest place you have played at?

TW: When we had a day off in between shows, in Henderson, Ore. It was just cowboy bars and cowboy boots. It was like another planet, and we were walking through the streets and getting stared at. I don’t know, that was the weirdest place I’ve been to.

DP: In like 1994, I think we played in shoe store on Long Island, a place called ‘Jack’s Correct Fit.’ [laughing] It was a small crowd.

DD: Was it always the same people in the band?

DP: No, we have changed, we have had like twenty something different members.

TW: I’ve been with the band for about almost seven years. With everything, I played guitar when I first joined then band then I went to bass, then drums, then bass again, and back to guitar.

DD: What has happened with the band and your health problems?

DP: Went to Europe like a month ago and we played our first night, and got sick after the show. We are going back to Europe in two weeks. I have this disease, an intestinal thing, no way to predicate, could come every week, or not for a year. It has happened often in throughout the band, but it hasn’t happened often in the last three years.

TW: Never affected touring. Back in the day when you played a show a month, we didn’t practice for a few weeks so it never affected touring.

DD: What are your political beliefs?

TW: There are a lot of punk bands that are political.

DP: But, they usually don’t know what the … they are talking about. Your probably more wondering how I feel about war? War on the whole is a bad thing, and the fact our economy is quite poor but the fact it will do so well with war is an even sadder thing. Being someone from New York and who is not into the idea of an eye for an eye. My idea is the way to end everything is to literally end everything, and not having a … war over it. But Bush is a great, great man.

DD: You guys have your first music video out, how did the production of that go?

TW: We actually had to play to our own music, which is the most uncomfortable thing any of us have done for a lives. I don’t know if you have seen it, but it’s playing in the street, and it’s like, oh God, our music is playing through the PA. Everyone does it, and it’s how you do it but it still felt weird.

DP: What he is trying to say is we had to lip-sync.

TW: He knows what I’m saying, he’s a college kid [laughing].

DD: Last question guys, there are a lot underground bands that have been surfacing lately, punk/indie music is getting really big, what are your thoughts on this?

TW: Even in the underground now, a band just starts like that and they get signed. No bands develop anymore. I think everything is going to snatched up, everything that’s going on now will fade in two years and just start all over again, that cycle you know. Something is burying underneath that nobody knows about, but everything will get smashed up, ruin the underground, ruin punk music. It’s going to crash and something else will take over and everything will start over.

DP: There is definitely no scene anymore, it’s just a scale and how big you are from one to ten, and that’s pretty much it. I don’t care, don’t give a … It will go … away while R&B and hip-hop take over, then there will be no more rock again just like there was no rock for like eight years, it will eventually happen. And I won’t get a … then either, because when that happened Glassjaw was playing every weekend on Long Island and that was the time when the band was most fun for me, and I never once tried to get the band signed in those years. The best thing that happened to the band was getting signed and being able to do the band at this level, while then again the worst thing that happened to the band was getting signed and at this level. Either way I’ll still be playing music, everyone will know who the … we are and that we were the … band that started a month ago got signed a month ago and got their video on MTV2 because of the way we look, and that’s sad but that’s the way it is.