OFF THE SHELF: Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute

Glassjaw - Worship and Tribute

Worship and Tribute
[Warner Bros., 2002]


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“I jumped ship to a burning sow.”

Worship and Tribute. Released July 9, 2002. Purchased at 12:00:01AM July 9, 2002 at Tower Records in Atlanta, and promptly listened to non-stop for the rest of the year.

This record holds a very special place in my heart. It’s a tattoo of that particular time in my life for a myriad of reasons. The loss of my father not long before it’s release, just coming off of some of the best and worst times of my life after spending the better part of a year on tour as a professional musician, eating beans and rice and playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 until my eyes fell out. I revisit these memories—both the happy and the heart wrenching—every time I listen to Worship and Tribute. Not many records can do that.

Aside from it being a damn near perfect rock record, drawing on influences as varied as Bad Brains, the Cure, Anthrax and Squeeze, it also emotes like no other. While aggressive guitar-driven music lies at its core, Worship is so much more than that. It’s layered and dynamic, and Daryl Palumbo’s unique vocal approach and register, along with the chemistry he shares with guitarist Justin Beck, really set Glassjaw apart, and made for some serious rock magic. This release is a genre-hurdling album. It’s abrasive around the edges, but somehow retains a pop sensibility. It takes a holistic approach to music, deftly balancing the accessible with the experimental, which has allowed the record to appeal to a variety of audiences from the hardcore and punk set to alt-kids and metalheads alike.

And yet, to this day, Glassjaw remains pretty polarizing. Either you love them or hate them—there’s really no room for middle ground. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love them. The news late last year of new music actually being released had me giddy as a school girl tart. And the EP delivered. The new shit is solid as fuck and better than I expected, honestly. The void was filled, and there is word of an LP coming later this year. It’s been almost a decade since they’ve played Atlanta and I’m utterly champing at the bit to see these fools take the stage again on Thursday night.

See you at the rock show.

Worship and Tribute Track List:
01. Tip Your Bartender
02. Mu Empire
03. Cosmopolitan Blood Loss
04. Ape Dos Mil
05. Pink Roses
06. Must’ve Run All Day
07. Stuck Pig
08. Radio Cambodia
09. The Gilette Calcavade of Sport
10. Trailer Park Jesus
11. Two Tabs of Mescaline

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