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The Glands @ Georgia Theatre
The Glands

The Glands played the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia exactly one month ago today (on August 1st), christening the historic space on the occasion of its re-opening.

The Glands are a band whose musical output, which is almost entirely great, suffers only from an infrequency of output.

Since 1998, they have released just two albums, Double Thriller and 2000's eponymous LP. Shows are sporadic. But try as they may to avoid the adoration, they can't. Monday night's [August 1st] show was sold out and the crowd appeared, for the most part, to be there to see this band.

Sonically, the mix was a kind of reflection of the band itself, with head singer/songwriter Ross Shapiro low, at times his guitar parts almost buried. But even as he switched through instruments and worked through songs, he remained watchful over the other members, nodding like a conductor, while the lead guitar, bass and drums all stabbed, bopped, and churned along at more reasonable levels.

This story of The Glands is constantly rehashed, because, at least from the outside, it appears to not move forward very much. They are a watched pot. But, really, whatever. The Glands move at their own speed, and if they want to release one classic album every ten years, fine. Great. Ross Shapiro, a Terrence Malick for Indie rock. -[Creative Loafing]

The reunited Athens band also played another Athens show at the end of 2010, but now their plan to bring the reunion on the road has been revealed. Tickets are on sale for a show on November 5th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. We hear they're coming to Mercury Lounge too. They play Mercury Lounge on November 4th. Stay tuned for more dates and Manhattan show ticket info.

More pictures from the Georgia Theatre below...

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Comments (14)

Fucking. Awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 3:29 PM

between scratch acid and this, when the hell did this site become Georgia Vegan? Who gives a shit about Atlanta?

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 3:33 PM

I dunno, when did P4K become New York-er... Fork?

times are a'changin

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 3:45 PM

3:33 -- Brooklyn hasn't been relevant for at least 3 weeks now. Get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 4:17 PM

hey jackass above, that's athens not atlanta.

Posted by jc | September 1, 2011 4:57 PM

@3:33 - Not to mention that Scratch Acid is from Texas and and not Georgia genius.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 5:02 PM

5:02, not the band itself, but there was a post about Scratch Acid booking a show in GA.

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 5:09 PM

It's nice to see The Glands back at it.

Their second LP was fantastic, but it seemed to fly way under the radar. I saw them at the small room at Emo's in Austin around the time of its release, and it was woefully under-attended.

Unfortunately, they didn't seem to fit into any micro-scene, so nobody knew what to make of them (which seems to happen to great bands all the time).

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 6:45 PM

awful

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2011 8:16 PM

"Who gives a shit about Atlanta?"

yes, because Maxwell's and Mercury Lounge are in Atlanta. What an idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:04 AM

"5:02, not the band itself, but there was a post about Scratch Acid booking a show in GA."

I believe the main point of that post was that Scratch Acid were playing a show ANYWHERE which is exciting news.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 1:07 AM

The Glands are the greatest band. Literally everything they do is fantastic. I saw them twice after their 2nd record in the early part of last decade and there were maybe 25 people at the shows combined. You can bet your bottom dollar I'll be at Maxwells on the 5th. This band is super, people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 8, 2011 11:54 PM

no one cares about athens hicks...

Posted by Anonymous | September 9, 2011 12:44 AM

Brooklyn Sucks. People try way to hard and it always smells bad.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 5:49 PM

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