Volume 91, Issue 52

Friday, November 28, 1997

location, location


Sticking to a new concept

Gordon Hawkins
IDON'T WANNA GROW UP, I'M A ROCK 'N' ROLL KID. Glueleg will let its inner child shine at the Embassy Saturday night.

By Carey Weinberg
Gazette Staff

Glueleg, picked up recently by EMI after the last release Clodhopper, is carving a mark in the music industry by developing an attitude of maturity and childishness in the form of pure rock energy.

Glueleg's early days were filled with music for musicians. Singer/guitarist Ruben Huizenga discusses the embryonic glue-days of rock.

"We had weird time signatures, 'math-rock', more stop/start type music," Huizenga says. The prog-rock style was akin to artists such as King Crimson which appealed to a limited audience consisting predominantly of males. "Now we concentrate on song-writing, building tension and leaving behind the starts and stops," says Huizenga, adding happily "Women have picked up on the vibe."

Glueleg's diversifying audience indicates the change in style and attitude. Huizenga says, Glueleg has stepped into "Less of a 'head space' mentality into more of a 'heart space' mentality" – the stuff that hits more on a gut level.

Strangely, part of the maturation process for Huizenga and his band of sticky appendages comes in the form of letting the inner rock-child out on stage. This indicates Glueleg has a greater perspective of what being in a rock outfit entails. "It took me a long time to realize that whether you want to admit it or not, it's a visual performance, so don't stand there looking at your shoes, wearing clothes you usually wear around the house." Previously, the music was more for themselves, now the stage presence, performance and songs are no longer musical proving grounds for the band.

Building toward musical maturity means a distillation of musical ego for Glueleg. "If you always look in the mirror and question yourself and listen to criticism – not that all criticism is good," Huizenga says. "Don't always think that you're the shit and that you're above it all. I think that's the downfall. As soon as you get into that arrogant frame of mind – you're toast." Artistically speaking, Glueleg has fallen off the musical masturbation plateau butter-side up.

What really counts for Huizenga is, "When you get home and you can look in the mirror and you're not lying to yourself, you can look right into your eyes and there's nothing separating you from yourself. You're not trying to convince yourself of anything – as a band, we're stripping it down to who we are as people and I think that's reflected in the music." The new mirror image is coming unstuck, uninhibited and fluidly to The Embassy tomorrow.

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