The band formed in the summer of 1993 after Palumbo and Beck met each other at camp. Of the band name, To know worship and love year 8 pdf has said: “We had a list of names, and we were just like, let’s pick one of these band names which ones the coolest. At the time there were a bunch of bands coming out with two names in one like that, like mouthpiece, curbjaw, stuff like that. We were going down the list, and the first name that I liked was Swiftkick.
I’m all like, that’s a sick name. But for some reason Glassjaw stuck. The band played their first show in 1994 in Oceanside, NY. Glassjaw drawing particularly on earlier Sons of Abraham releases. Palumbo was in his own straight-edge band called XbustedX. Beck’s primary instrument throughout this time was drums, but switched to bass guitar when Ariel Telford left the band in 1998, and then switched to lead guitar when Kris Baldwin left and Manuel Carrero joined the band in 1999.
From 1994-1999 the band did several demo recordings of some songs that would eventually appear on their official releases, as well as several other compositions that would not see official release. The record was released independently on the label 2 Cents a Pop, and saw a re-release in 2001 without label affiliation. The line-up on this record was Daryl Palumbo, Justin Beck, Todd Weinstock, Kris Baldwin and Ariel Telford. Star Above My Bed”, from the EP, is still in the band’s set lists to this day. Ross stands up, waving his hands and he’s like, ‘It’s over, it’s done. I want to do this, you’ve got a deal! Robinson had produced and championed as part of the nu-metal movement.
The music, accompanied with Palumbo’s lyrics—which were often bitter and resentful towards particular characters he was discussing—and his singing style in itself—powerful and aggressive guttural screaming along with a melodic touch—created a unique dynamic. Roadrunner, causing the band to garner an ill-will towards the label. Matters were somewhat worsened when Palumbo started to have bouts with his Crohn’s disease on tour, as his aggressive performance style sometimes triggers a relapse, which has the potential to be fatal. It is alleged that Roadrunner would not allow Palumbo to leave the tour to rest. The line-up continued to rotate following the conclusion of the tour when Manuel Carrero was kicked out by Roadrunner for being the only member to have date conflicts with touring. The album was pressed onto vinyl in 2009, limited to 10,000 copies. Ross Robinson in the past, although Larry Gorman was composing parts and officially the drummer of the band.
Palumbo said of it: “It’s a mélange of influences, a collage is what this band is all about. Lyrically, the more confrontational elements heard on ‘Everything’ were reined in, with Palumbo taking a more cerebral approach. Dave Allen joined the group as bassist following the recording of the album. The dates were rescheduled to December, but he suffered another relapse.
On their return in April 2003 he was hospitalized again in Glasgow, Scotland, which led to cancellations including the Kerrang! Weekender and a date at the London Astoria. Larry Gorman—and Beck worked on his band merchandise business. In late 2004, Todd Weinstock, Dave Allen, and Larry Gorman were all fired from the band, fueling rumors that they had split up. Indeed, the band’s website displayed “RIP GlassJAw” in the header for a time, though this may have been in jest.
Manuel Carrero, who had been playing with a band named The Jiant, replaced Allen as bassist after nearly five years away from the group. Durijah Lang, who was also a former band member from their early years, replaced Larry Gorman behind the kit. The band did not fill its vacant guitarist role and continued as a four-piece. Their official website became active once again in November 2006. Palumbo said, ‘The best thing about the tour was just having it happen’.