Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Glass city rockers

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Glass Heroes hail from Arizona, but their motorcycle jackets and black jeans are more suited to New York City’s all-night bustle, or the overcast skies of Keith Jackson’s 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 quartet’s sartorial stance plays right into their defiantly purist sound.

A stinging cover of Chelsea’s “I’m 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 Clash’s “Complete Control,” while “90-Days” hits with a satisfying street-punk crunch and doesn’t relent. Bitterness over punk’s stratification isn’t 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 letters@metrotimes.com.

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