Glass Heroes hail from Arizona, but their motorcycle jackets and black jeans are more suited to New York Citys all-night bustle, or the overcast skies of Keith Jacksons Detroit roots. (Jackson played in Shock Therapy before heading west, while Get Out Alive and Long Hot Summer date from his time with the Rogues.) Still, the Heroes punk-rock togs are in full effect on the cover of this self-titled release, and the quartets sartorial stance plays right into their defiantly purist sound.
A stinging cover of Chelseas Im on Fire is telling, as are gripes against fashion poseurs, MTV and the death of meaning in rock n roll. The Heroes hark straight back to the UK and 1977, from scowling outsider lyrics to muscular drumming and Les Pauls that chug at full bore. Going Down Fast suggests The Clashs Complete Control, while 90-Days hits with a satisfying street-punk crunch and doesnt relent. Bitterness over punks stratification isnt new. But the Glass Heroes seem resigned to carrying that vengeful torch, and carrying it alone if necessary. I still believe the things that always made me true inside, goes Last Farewell. I watched them burn to ashes but I swear I never cried.
Johnny Loftus writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
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