GLASS AND ASHES: Self-titled: LP

I’m not sure what the final verdict was on this band staying together or splitting up, but if they do split, this is a damn fine high note to go out on. I guess I should give another listen to the first album because I remember it being, well, nothing special. There was nothing to grab on to for me at the time. This album is different. There’s a fair amount of the chaos and noise that I remember from the first record but it’s broken up by these pissed melodic moments that I do not remember them having before. I feel like I tend to drift out a little when I listen to this but just as the record is about to fade in to the background, it kicks you in the shins with these gruff vocaled jams that are a little more pissed than a lot of their contemporaries on ole No Idea but just as catchy. They’re definitely a sight to see live as well. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that again. Plus, Mike looks a lot like Judge Reinhold and that comforts me for some reason.

 –Steve Stephenson (No Idea)