Genre 10 - Emo/Post Hardcore Albums: #7 Glassjaw

David Ames digs through his music collection to count down his top ten favourite albums in a specific music genre. For his second genre choice, David gets emotional about Emo/Post Hardcore. At #7 it's Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence by Glassjaw...

The next genre on this list takes me back to my junior high and high school days. Few genres can better express the feelings of an angsty teenager than Emo/post hardcore. A lot of bands get lumped into this genre so be prepared for some music you may not necessarily feel are good representatives of the style. Like bands that were lumped together with the grunge era, many bands that came out in the late 90s and early 2000s were associated with this movement. For my purposes here today, I am talking about a group of albums that were influential to me at that time and from then on. Emotional and usually clever/intelligent lyricism is a staple of this genre, along with punk and pop influences. There are even elements of screamo present on this list. Hopefully you will recognize some of these albums and if you’re like me, the part of your brain that recognizes nostalgia will be buzzing with activity .

Find the other albums in David's Genre 10 Emo/Post Hardcore

#7: Glassjaw – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence

Glassjaw was another of those bands that I first discovered while perusing Shoutweb for up-and-coming artists. The song they recommended actually ended up becoming my favorite of Glassjaw’s repertoire. Luckily, recently my favorite band (Coheed and Cambria) recently took Glassjaw out on tour and I was able to finally see them live. The urgent, post-hardcore, emo/screamo mix they capture on their albums is everpresent in the live show and I was thoroughly impressed. While their second EP, Worship and Tribute received stellar reviews and critical acclaim, for my money Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Silence will be the quintessential Glassjaw album. It is blistering and frantic and beautiful with strange, unique vocals and raw instrumentals that make the album feel like it was captured all in one take. Lyrically, the band has received negative press for the overall pessimism of the lyrical content but to me, it feels like someone pouring their hearts out into the mics and letting whatever comes to the surface exist as it is: raw and untouched.


“Pretty Lush”

“Ry Ry’s Song”

Best non-single track:

“When One Eight Becomes Two Zeros”

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