The Glands from Athens, GA

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Anyone know what's going on with these guys, rumor has it they finished their 3rd album in 2004 (while touring with the Shins). Anyone know if there's a release date or tourdates in mind?

If you haven't checked out these guys, you really should...

Spott (henduck), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 04:10 (fourteen years ago) link

"Rumor has it"

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 04:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 04:20 (fourteen years ago) link

Errr... nope, I'm not street team. Hell, these guys don't even have a web site or even a label I can find. I saw them in B'more in 2000 when I was in grad school at Hopkins. I dusted off a box of vinyl this week and was just wondering what the hell happened to these guys.

Spott (henduck), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 04:49 (fourteen years ago) link

It says on the link you posted that they're on Velocette.

Abbadavid Berman (Hurting), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 04:58 (fourteen years ago) link

Doing some googling it seems Velocette does the distribution for defunct Capricorn titles that no one else picked up, nothing new for the Glands on there. That's the reason Vic Chesnutt left for 'New West' and Widespread Panic / Brute went to Sanctuary.

All this aside... if anyone knows of a place to find some more info (recent info) on the Glands, please drop me a line or post here. The only dirt I've been able to find is that they recorded new material and toured with the Shins as their opener

Spott (henduck), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 05:14 (fourteen years ago) link

GREAT GREAT GREAT band - obv the self titled one is the one to get (maybe the best album to have come out of athens in the past twenty years), but i'd definitely recommend checking out double thriller too. incredibly unlucky or just plain screwed - right after the self titled came out and getting decent press capricorn was going under while still holding the rights ie the album became impossible to get maybe six months after it came out, i was working at wuxtry (i think ross still works at the schoolkids in town) at the time and people would ask for it constantly, demand was definitely there (on a local level at least obv). they don't play live alot, pretty rarely for a local band to be honest, and i've heard 'they're recording new material' and rumors of something in the pipeline for a few years now so who knows. my impression is it may have left them bitter. if you can find promo/review/radio copies of the self titled it still has the four season's sample in 'i can see my house from here', though the normal version still retains strong hints at it. OH - and i used to work with this cute redhead who used to flirt heavy with me, so finally i decide 'ok i should get on this' only lo and behold she's just started dating some dude. now this doesn't worry me cuz the dude's a bit of a fuckup - he'd already been kicked out of elf power and THE GLANDS at that point, he couldn't keep ANYTHING going for more than two months. anyhow long story short - two years later and last i heard they're still together - FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKKKKKKK MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

j blount (papa la bas), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 06:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Ross Shapiro was in the jury pool with me for that Los Primos trial!

emilys. (emilys.), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 09:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Also I'll be puzzling over that little gossip nuggett at the end of your post there

emilys. (emilys.), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 10:04 (fourteen years ago) link

emilys OTM. Blount, that story was truly amazing.

Doctor Casino, Tuesday, 13 December 2005 15:45 (fourteen years ago) link

YES! The Glands. That is the single most overlooked record of the 2000s. Double Thriller is great too, but the 2000 album is an immortal.

I saw them at Maxwells in late 2002 (there must have been 12 people in the audience, ugh), and asked Ross Shapiro if they had anything new comign out. He said they should have a new album and an EP out sometime in 2003. Obviously that wasn't the case.

I never understood why they weren't more popular. They're as catchy, if not more, than the Shins and they rock harder too. If I were to recommend a song, I'd say look for Straight Down, Swim, or When I Laugh. But they're all great.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 17:10 (fourteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
I've probably missed the "The Glands" discovery/re-evaluation thread, but yeah, why, so unobserved? The S/T is pure gushing goodness. I love its right-before-the-moment-of-onrushing-sad-maturity tone; waltzing understanding of unfeeling is seeping, but the songs three-quarters believe in themselves. It's a nice percentage of faith. It makes some sense why it didn't align with critical conceptions of newness and progression in 2000, but it seems, regularly, critical recalibrations are made when something peculiarly solid is made. You should be all over its A,H-M-O-R.

Wilhelm Dilthey (Hungry Turtle In an Orange Box), Friday, 15 September 2006 15:38 (thirteen years ago) link

The Glands! Can't say enough great things about them. Everybody on ILM who likes good music should seek them out.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Friday, 15 September 2006 16:09 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

Saw them twice in Memphis in 2000, once with Jay Reatard's then-band the Final Solutions opening. That was a total disaster. The other time I saw them, after about thirty minutes they took a few minutes between songs to tune, and the bartender raised the lights and turned on the jukebox. So they all looked at each other and just started packing up.

Just noticed that Frank MacConnell plays on Patterson Hood's new solo album, and in the liner notes he says that the Glands made his "all-time favorite Athens, GA album." I'm guessing that's self-titled, not Double Thriller.

deusner, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 03:03 (ten years ago) link

heh i might have been at both those shows... i thought the one at the deli went pretty well (i don't recall them being ushered off via jukebox, so maybe they played here a third time?) the one at LPOE (w/ FS?) was the pits. i think mike watt & j mascis were there after playing a Fog gig at the Daisy. still love love love those records...

^defense is impregnable (will), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 03:48 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Glans Reunion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Friday, 18 March 2011 01:40 (nine years ago) link

That's Glands, no dick jokes people.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 18 March 2011 01:41 (nine years ago) link

Although it does look like the drummer is blowing the mic

kornrulez6969, Friday, 18 March 2011 01:41 (nine years ago) link

five months pass...

The Glands are playing NY and NJ! This is the greatest musical event of the year. I cannot begin to explain how excited I am about this.

As the #1 Glands enthusiast on ILM, I urge all of you people to seek out their two records. They are both absolutely fantastic.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 9 September 2011 03:56 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Just saw them at Maxwell's. They were phenomenal. My love for this band cannot be overstated.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 6 November 2011 05:50 (eight years ago) link

wow! i somehow did not hear about this. will they be doing more touring?

2012 republican presidential nominee II: Hot, Ready and Legal! (will), Monday, 7 November 2011 00:44 (eight years ago) link

aww damn they play Philly tonight. i just left there fri :-/

Sunday, November 6 @ Milkboy (Philadelphia, PA) w/ Like a Fox

2012 republican presidential nominee II: Hot, Ready and Legal! (will), Monday, 7 November 2011 00:48 (eight years ago) link

They sounded so good. It doesn't seem like there's going to be a new record anytime soon, but they certainly have the songs for it.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 7 November 2011 02:05 (eight years ago) link

A dj from Georgia I know was just talking about their DC appearance that I missed. I need to look into them.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 November 2011 02:42 (eight years ago) link

played in NYC Friday night w/ Condo Fucks (aka Yo La Tengo) opening

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 November 2011 16:28 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

just found out about them.
like it, but it sounds too much like Pavement, isn't it?

nostormo, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:08 (six years ago) link

They don't sound anything like Pavement. Maybe the guitar sound on Living Was Easy, but that's it. Cannot say enough good things about this band.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:48 (six years ago) link

s/t is a great, great record. the first one (double thriller) is none too shabby either

bouts of remission, hot 'n fresh out tha kitchen (will), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:51 (six years ago) link

they should've been big. like "big" in the way the Wrens were.

bouts of remission, hot 'n fresh out tha kitchen (will), Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:52 (six years ago) link

Yes. It shows how much of success is pure luck. Because the Glands s/t record should have been a massive indie success, like the Shins which broke around the same time. But the record label went bust and I don't think the singer is that into promoting and touring, etc.

I'm sure if they recorded a third album it would be just as good. They played "new" songs when I saw them in Hoboken a few years back and they were excellent.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:46 (six years ago) link

got all excited when this thread popped up, hoping it was an announcement of a tour or new record :(

alpine static, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 06:20 (six years ago) link

Jesus, yeah. This is totally one of 'those' threads!!

Walter Galt, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 16:34 (six years ago) link

nine months pass...

anybody catch them this last time out? not sure if it was a 'full' tour - Atlanta, Athens and Nashville, anyway. they played and sounded absolutely fabulous.

casual male (will), Thursday, 5 March 2015 14:17 (five years ago) link

Like the Shins, but rock harder eh? Promising. Saw a comparison to the Kinks somewhere (think it was in the New Yorker, back when their club listing were much more extensive). Which good be good or bad, but considering the Shins comparison upthread, I'm thinking good. So, Athens Kinksians or not?

dow, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:42 (five years ago) link

(Somehow, the original suggestion of a Southern band with a Kinks influence had me thinking of John Cale's elegant reggae, "Graham Greene." Somebody should cover.)

dow, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:47 (five years ago) link

Shit, I would like to see these guys, never did when I was in Athens, not that they played a lot (as discussed upthread).

Doctor Casino, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:55 (five years ago) link

didn't even know they still played occasionally, great band.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 5 March 2015 15:55 (five years ago) link

Mr. dow, listen to Straight Down from the immortal self-titled record. Then maybe Swim, or When I Laugh or Welcome To New Jersey from the debut, or No. Zero. You are in for a gigantic musical treat.

Here's Straight Down

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 5 March 2015 16:22 (five years ago) link

one year passes... has a massive Glands concert up there from October 2014 with at least 30 songs including many that are unreleased. It's a doozy.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 11 March 2016 03:16 (four years ago) link

nice. "straight down" sounds great, i'll check out the whole thing.

call all destroyer, Friday, 11 March 2016 03:30 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

rip ross shapiro

balls, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:17 (four years ago) link

Oh no. Bought a lot of music from him. Athens seems to be losing a lot of guys from that scene

Heez, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:35 (four years ago) link

wait really???

call all destroyer, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:52 (four years ago) link


dc, Sunday, 27 March 2016 01:54 (four years ago) link

Oh shit!! I just saw this. Fuck fuck fuck

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:39 (four years ago) link

They were my favorite band.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 02:55 (four years ago) link

I didn't know he was sick. Last I heard, they were talking about another album.

Just pulled out the s/t and got real wistful.

dc, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:11 (four years ago) link

what a bummer

call all destroyer, Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:17 (four years ago) link

Ah, jeez. Really sorry to hear that.

never ending bath infusion (Doctor Casino), Sunday, 27 March 2016 03:22 (four years ago) link

I only got to see them once, in 2001 at Irving Plaza with Grandaddy & Beachwood Sparks & Ugly Casanova. They stole the show.

The vinyl edition of the s/t LP has like 6 extra songs on it - they got caught in label hell and that album is so hard to find. I wish Light in the Attic would do a re-issue on their modern label that put out the D'Angelo and Morphine re-issues.

R.I.P. to a massive talent; a real band's band.

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:21 (four years ago) link

i would love for people to discover this band now. His songs were so good.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 27 March 2016 16:56 (four years ago) link

There has been some really nice remembrances of Ross Shapiro in the past few days.

Patterson Hood especially.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 07:05 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

On November 9th, 2018, New West Records is set to release the two-decades-in-the-making Double Coda, the fabled third album by the Athens, GA cult favorite the Glands, along with definitive reissues of their two long-out-of-print LPs, Double Thriller (1996) for the first time on vinyl, and The Glands (2000) featuring the band’s original 19-song sequence including 5 rare songs. Frontman Ross Shapiro passed away from lung cancer in 2016 at the age of 53, and the 23 tracks on Double Coda were compiled from recordings he had been making for nearly two decades.

Today, NPR Music premiered the video for Double Coda’s lead-off track “So High,” along with an eclectic new song called “Electricity” and a preview video of the I Can See My House from Here box set. They state, “The Glands may be the greatest band you’ve never heard of” and of Double Coda, “Like Double Thriller, like The Glands, every single one of these 23 tracks is a hit, and a testament to Shapiro’s warped-yet-grounded sensibility.” See the “So High” video and hear “Electricity,” HERE. Standard editions of Double Thriller, The Glands, Double Coda, and the limited I Can See My House From Here box set are available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

The epic, 23-track Double Coda serves as the anticipated third and final record from the band, with final production overseen by founding member and drummer Joe Rowe, bassist Derek Almstead, and Glands producer David Barbe (longtime Drive-By Truckers producer and bassist for Sugar with Bob Mould). While all three titles will be available individually across digital platforms, on CD, and standard black vinyl, also released will be the limited edition 5 LP I Can See My House From Here box set compiling the three albums exclusively on colored vinyl -- Double Thriller pressed on electric pink, The Glands on Coke bottle clear, and Double Coda on clear vinyl.

The box set will also include a 52-page book featuring an essay by the journalist Stephen Deusner, countless unpublished photos, and testimonials written by fans, friends, and fellow musicians from Athens and beyond, including James Mercer (the Shins), actor/comedian David Cross, Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo), Kurt Wagner (Lambchop), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Joey Burns (Calexico), Tim Rutili (Red Red Meat, Califone), Andrew Rieger and Laura Carter (Elf Power), Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), John Davis (Superdrag, the Lees of Memory), Vanessa Briscoe Hay (Pylon, Pylon Reenactment Society), Parker Gispert (the Whigs), T. Hardy Morris, film director Lance Bangs, Christopher Lopez (the Rock*A*Teens), the acclaimed visual artist Wayne White (whose painting is featured on the cover of the Glands’ self-titled album), and many more.

“In many crucial ways the act of making music -- almost always surrounded by friends, usually jamming at his house on Sunset Drive -- was so much more important and rewarding than releasing that music or dealing with labels or arguing with promoters or doing interviews,” Stephen Deusner states in his essay about the band. “Ross lived for the spark of creation… Given how meticulous he was about his music and how dismissive he was about the music industry, it’s a miracle we have those two albums at all, not to mention the third LP in this set. We lost a unique human being and a remarkable voice, a crucial thread in the pilled fabric of Athens, a man who wrote songs that were hilarious and intensely sad, witty and deeply weird: snapshots from a Southern bohemia of his own making.”

Of the new Double Coda, band member Derek Almstead states, “As a fan of the music and as a fan of Ross, it was a labor of love to get this set out, to get as much of the music out as possible and into the ears of the people who loved him. A lot of the material came from CD’s he’d give us at band practice, like ‘Here’s some stuff I’m working on.’ It might have the vocals buried or it might not be finished. I found the best versions of the songs and put together a three-CD set, something like sixty songs. We whittled that down to what Double Coda is.”

Says drummer Joe Rowe, “The three of us -- Derek, David Barbe, and me -- all did a lot of research to find everything that Ross had given us over the years. Derek took all of Ross’s hard drives and went through them, and it turned out that there’s maybe a dozen songs that sounded like they were finished. They just needed to be mixed. Then there was some stuff that was already mixed, already finished. The record is all the stuff we could find that we felt really confident about. It took a while. It was hard. There were some days when I just couldn’t deal with it because of Ross’s passing. It was just too heavy to think about. But most of the time I felt like I was able to push it forward, even just a little.”

Rowe continues, “It’s been eighteen years since we’ve released anything, but in rock and roll, mystery always seems to help a little bit. There’s always been a little mystery with the Glands.”

The Glands Double Coda Track Listing:
1. So High
2. Pleaser
3. Electricity
4. Possibilities
5. Every Time I Listen to a Stranger
6. Todd Work
7. Sofa
8. Clover
9. Have Your Cake
10. Piano Jazz
11. Great Waves
12. Pie
13. Rose
14. Atmosphere
15. Rufino Tamayo
16. A Boy Without a Head
17. Tom Robertson
18. Sadie Song
19. Peter Acoustic
20. Body and Soul
21. (A Screwed Up Way of Saying) I Want You
22. Feelies
23. Save a Place for You

The Glands I Can See My House From Here Box Set Track Listing:

Double Thriller (1996)
1. Sunshine Happiness
2. Free Jane
3. Pretty Merrina
4. Grey Hats
5. Two Dollar Wine
6. Ruddy’s Waltz
7. Welcome to N.J.
8. World Half Over
9. This is The Coat
10. Call Me Doctor
11. No. Zero
12. Skin
13. The Virgin Loses Again
14. Son-O-Mine
15. Two Dollar Reprise

The Glands (2000)
1. Livin’ Was Easy
2. When I Laugh
3. Swim - Prelude
4. Swim
5. Mayflower
6. Lovetown
7. Straight Down
8. I Can See My House From Here
9. Fortress
10. Work It Out
11. Soul Inspiration
12. Ground
13. Favorite American
14. Breathe Out
15. U R The Mountain
16. Something In The Air
17. Holiday Walk
18. Head That’s Mine
19. Doug’s Hall Rag

Double Coda (2018)
1. So High
2. Pleaser
3. Electricity
4. Possibilities
5. Every Time I Listen to a Stranger
6. Todd Work
7. Sofa
8. Clover
9. Have Your Cake
10. Piano Jazz
11. Great Waves
12. Pie
13. Rose
14. Atmosphere
15. Rufino Tamayo
16. A Boy Without a Head
17. Tom Robertson
18. Sadie Song
19. Peter Acoustic
20. Body and Soul
21. (A Screwed Up Way of Saying) I Want You
22. Feelies
23. Save a Place for You

dow, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:40 (one year ago) link

Holy shit. I am peeing in my pants out of excitement.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 17:48 (one year ago) link

i found the glands s/t album out of reading ilm, probly this thread ages ago, and i can't remember when i last listened. it sounds great to me, i know all the songs and remembered none going into the listening, except "i can see my house from here," which was and still is wonderfully bright and thrilling. hardly feels very representative in some ways fact:

Hunt3r, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 19:29 (one year ago) link

Holy Fuck I forgot how beautiful this entire thing is. lovetown alone can bring me to 10000 ft elevation. Did I ever appreciate this? really?

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 03:40 (one year ago) link

The Glands album is already an immortal classic but the reissue is going to make it even better. I’ve heard most of not all the bonus songs and people let me tell you, they are divine. Finally this will get the recognition it deserves. I saw them when it came out and there were 7 people in the audience. Sad.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:24 (one year ago) link

Holy smokes at that box set!

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:39 (one year ago) link


|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 10 October 2018 12:46 (one year ago) link

I guess I’ve never heard UR the Mountain and it strikes me as the most 80sAthens sounding song ever in a _superb_ way.

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:41 (one year ago) link

wow, awesome that they were able to pull this together

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 15:12 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

now streaming at NPR:

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Thursday, 1 November 2018 12:35 (one year ago) link


kornrulez6969, Thursday, 1 November 2018 13:59 (one year ago) link

Frontman Ross Shapiro passed away from lung cancer in 2016 at the age of 53

holy fuck i did not know this. so so glad i caught them in nashville in like 2015. they were unbelievably good.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:23 (one year ago) link

The Glands album is already an immortal classic... I saw them when it came out and there were 7 people in the audience. Sad.

same. they followed one of Jay Reatard's early side projects and there just wasn't anyone there at all.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 November 2018 19:30 (one year ago) link

"every time i listen to a stranger' is wonderful

call all destroyer, Thursday, 1 November 2018 23:17 (one year ago) link

Got my copy of Double Coda. It is a great day to be a fan of The Glands.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 9 November 2018 23:10 (one year ago) link

OK, anybody else have Double Coda? It's the album of the year.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 12 November 2018 20:52 (one year ago) link

my box set arrived today. enjoyed the s/t reissue, i'll probably get to double coda tomorrow. it's a great-looking box.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:14 (one year ago) link

Oh man I'm so jealous. I don't have a turntable. What are the liner notes like?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:56 (one year ago) link

the booklet is very nicely done; lots of good photos and remembrances of the band from fans both nearby and distant. there are detailed credits for double coda with recording dates and who played what; the liner notes for the first two lps seem to keep with how they were originally released.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:10 (one year ago) link

I bought the CDs for Double Coda and reissue, they didn’t have much of anything. But the music is so spectacular. Double Coda is like a Glands version of Wowee Zowee, with tons of songs in all sorts of styles. It’s so much fun.

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:54 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

NPR eoy turned me on to this and I am digging it!

kinda Big Star-y?

niels, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 13:55 (one year ago) link

Which did you get? Double Coda?

kornrulez6969, Wednesday, 5 December 2018 14:04 (one year ago) link

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