Glassjaw Speak Of “Material Control” Surprise Release Plans Being Ruined, Tracking With Billy Rymer


Glassjaw‘s core duo of frontman Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck have given Noisey an interview regarding their approaching new album, “Material Control“, which will be in stores this Friday, December 01st. Though their initial plans were to surprise some of their most dedicated fans with flexi discs of the album compiled from addressed used via Beck‘s Merch Direct service, a leaked listing on Amazon ruined the surprise.

When asked of what they planned to achieve with the initial surprise plans, Beck replied:

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“Well, the inspiration pre-the label fucking it up and putting it on Amazon and changing the course of how we always wanted to do it? It’s always [been about] just kind of rewarding fans who waited around and supported us, so we wanted it to be a gift. You send a thank you card to a cousin or Mazel Tov on your birthday or congratulations on a graduation.

Us sending the flexis out was literally a gesture of thank you for giving a shit—thank you for sticking around. I mean, it just echos punk rock of the past. I loved getting flexis. We love that the technology has evolved to the fact that you can now get a flexi instead of a postcard. Why not do that? And I think it sounds great, it’s a great way for people to hear the music.”

Palumbo added:

“It’s the most literal fucking gesture, sending a postcard. As much as people think we’re cunts, we’re pretty serious about people and care about what we do as a collective, so we appreciate it and we wanted to thank those people.”

When asked if the Amazon leak of the album’s release date and details bummed them out, Beck responded:

“Yes, completely. [Laughs] We wanted [fans] to get this gesture first and foremost, that was supposed to be the icebreaker. You would have just gotten the postcard and that would have been the first you heard about it—and now they told the world that Bruce Willis was dead within the first six seconds of the fucking movie. It’s like they were standing out in front of the theater and telling everyone as they went in.”

The album was originally expected out around the first half of last year, though those plans fell by the wayside. For the recording sessions, the band had soon to be ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer handle the studio drumming duties. When asked how that experience went, Palumbo offered:

“I think it’s probably the cleanest recording we’ve had as far as mental anguish. In the past, you’ve got to deal with people and desires and shit and I’ve said it a million times: It’s always been Justin and myself just spitting out our ideas. On this one, we really tapped into that and didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, we just kind of went in and did it.

The music was written and done and we went in and showed Billy, and Billy was just a fucking beast and caught on really quick. He’s a professional. The whole process was really simple; I couldn’t imagine it being more simple than how we did it. We didn’t stay in the studio in Hollywood for three months, we didn’t camp out at the Oakwood apartments, we didn’t spread the recording over two years and lose the fire. It was just us from front to back maintaining the sound. I love it. I would never want to do it any other way again.”

Rymer isn’t the only guest involved as George Reynolds of Mind Over Matter and ex-bassist Ariel Telford also took part in the sessions. When asked if there’s still a scene for returning bands such as Glassjaw and Quicksand, Beck offered:

“I think there needs to be more of a scene. We always reference an old buddy of ours [A&R executive] Mike Gitter. When our demo tape came out in ‘96 or ‘97, he wrote this whole email back: “This band will never make it.” Shift, Jawbox, Shudder To Think, he just listened to all these crazy bands that we looked up to and inspired us and he was like, “This place has no scene, it will never be a scene.” Reflecting back, he was 200 percent correct.

He was the guy responsible for bringing a majority of those bands to majors and they all failed on a financial level. Culturally speaking, they’re greater than ever, but from a P&L perspective, it was trash and Gitter probably got fired for all of it. When we were 14, we were scared that members of Quicksand or Into Another were going to get a job at our high school and not be a band anymore. Quicksand is a fucking great band. Why didn’t they get bigger than the Foo Fighters? I don’t know… but Spacehog made it.”

You can find a lot more from the pair over at Noisey.