The Glands are back, played the Georgia Theatre re-opening (pics), playing NYC-area shows (dates)
photos by Ryan Myers
The Glands @ Georgia Theatre
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...