With the release of their first album in 15 years, “Material Control“ dropped back in December of last year, Glassjaw fans were given hope for the post-hardcore band’s future. While the band has remained actively touring since their return from their hiatus a decade ago, their first album since was a comforting reassurance that the band’s legacy would not be limited to just their work done around the turn of the millennia. They turned heads when they shortly after announced that they would be embarking on a cross country tour, co-headlining with fellow New York post-hardcore throwback, Quicksand. Halfway through their Summer tour, they stopped by San Francisco to bring their Atlantic Coast vibe to a Pacific coast audience in the Great American Music Hall.
The ominously grim feel of the walk up to the theatre in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district set the tone well for the upcoming night, reminding audience members well of their days starting off in the bar scene of New York. The crowd was hyped up quickly as Glassjaw opened with their heavy and thrash single “Cut and Run,” fresh off their 2017 album Material Control. Lead singer Daryl Palumbo worked up a heavy sweat before the end of the opening number enthusiastically thrashing about the front of the stage.
Their hour long set was packed with almost every hit one could have hoped for, both new and old. Glassjaw went through their discography A-Z playing everything from “Die Alone” to “Tip Your Bartender.” Notably, however, eerily missing from their setlist were the band’s 2002 singles “Ape Dos Mil” and “Cosmopolitan Blood Loss.” Despite these omissions, Glassjaw prompted roaring applause throughout their set, encapsulating audiences’ attention throughout the night. Ears were ringing throughout the auditorium as the band closed their set with “Siberian Kiss.”
Quicksand came after to finish the night with their own hour long set. The long time New Yorkers’ commitment to the craft was immediately clear following an immediate last minute reassurance of their sound check, lead singer Walter Schreifels stating he had a “Buddy Holly sound” he wanted to fix. Immediately following some adjustments, their set quickly took flight.
In a set full of heavily distorted riffs and long instrumental solos, Quicksand gave a performance that complemented Glassjaw’s well. Similar to Glassjaw; Quicksand, also not having released a new album in over a decade, brought an evening of nostalgia to their fans in San Francisco. In a performance that was clearly not phoned in, Schreifels played his guitar throughout the set, but his second instrument was clearly the foot pedal. With well over a dozen of the devices by his feet, he took every opportunity to incorporate them into the act in his heavily augmented set. The hour long set ended when Schreifels laid his guitar on the stage and set behind the drum set to close the night with a lengthy percussion solo.
Photos and review by Nick Gumas.