It’s hard to believe that Head Automatica is the new gigfor straight-edge, emo-core group Glassjaw’s frontman DarylPalumbo. Palumbo and legendary DJ, Dan the Automator, whose mostnotable projects include Deltron 3000, Gorillaz and Dr. Octagon,join forces for the band’s debut album, Decadence.
Upon listening to the record, one realizes that thisexperimental dance/punk collaboration is a far cry from the throatyscreams of angst in Glassjaw’s music.
Palumbo obviously had a blast with this album.”We’re an electronic rock band…I just want tof***ing party.”
Which is exactly what he does. The punky riffs and hip-hopbackbeats in songs like “Please Please Please” and”Disco Hades II” make you want to drunkenly get out ofyour seat, shake your ass, and kick an authority figure.
While the amount of influence between hardcore and dancefluctuate between the poppy ballad “Beating Heart Baby”to the “f*** you” anthem “King Ceasar,”nuances of both can be found in every song.
It seems that Palumbo has developed a better command of hisvoice in Head Automatica. While his voice in Glassjaw wasinteresting enough to be unique and catchy, sometimes it wasgrating and sounded like it was being digitally augmented all overthe place.
Dan the Automator’s contribution to this album reallyshines. His infusing of low-end, hip-hop elements, digital loopsand old-school analog beeps and hums surprisingly manages to meldwith the hardcore elements.
Catchy and infectious, Head Automatica is a necessity if youwant to get your angry punk get-togethers jumpin’.