Glenn’s Army 1998-2005
Glenn’s Army was the vehicle of world domination piloted by me and two of my best friends, Andrew and Steve, for large chunks of high school and college. Over about six years, we successfully evolved from a horrible, completely non-proficient trio of noisemakers into a surprisingly popular local band. Although it’s not saying much, my first band was also my most “commercially successful” — we recorded three homemade albums, two studio EPs, and a very good full length studio release that we never got around to, err… releasing. Before hanging it up in 2005, we played a ton of shows throughout New England, plus a few in New York, Pennsylvania, and the DC area, as well, in addition to selling CDs and merch literally all over the world. I am too fond of the band to ever accurately assess how “good” we really were, but at the height of our powers in 2002, I had zero intentions of ever getting a real job. No joke.
Streets Ahead 2006-2008
Streets Ahead was a very cool, sadly star-crossed punk rock band I assembled after moving to Cleveland in 2006 and realizing that I had no friends and nothing to do. I found our phenomenally talented, hilariously bitter guitarist (Justin) online, and my wife scouted out our drummer (Rob) at an area club. Before we knew it, we were incurring savage hearing loss in my South Euclid, OH basement with some of the most talented people I’d ever met. We managed to cobble together a pretty solid homemade album, but in general, none of us had any money, and no one came to any of our shows. No matter how excited my friends from home got about the band, we had trouble getting any momentum at all, and by the end of 2007, I was pretty much broke. I bailed in search of greener pastures, and found them outside of Washington, DC, but Streets Ahead remains the one single thing I miss about Ohio. Justin (now a Dad, and a good one) remains hilariously bitter to this day.
Bad Luck existed long before I rolled into town, but I’d like to think I was part of some of their more memorable adventures. Powered largely by garage-rock, power-trio rock in the vein of Johnny Cash and Social Distortion, Bad Luck (myself, Joe, and BJ) seemed capable of winning over any crowd, and quickly gained popularity in bars and restaurants throughout Virginia. The band introduced me to a ton of venues in a number of “burgs” (Stras, Fredericks, and Lees, to name a few), and our shows were always hipster-free and full of happy, often heavily-intoxicated locals. We managed to get a couple of very good live recordings, and produced a 5 song studio EP in 2009 — things moved so fast that before I knew it, three years had passed and I’d burned myself out. Shortly afterwards, I hung up my Dickies shirt for the last time, as Bad Luck continued its adventures undeterred.
Elementary came to life a few months after I’d gotten started with Bad Luck, after meeting the guitarist (Feathers) online and playing some acoustic open mike nights. In search of a real singer to do the dirty work for us, we eventually found Arwen, and began playing the exact opposite scene from Bad Luck — hipster bars on U Street where there’s absolutely nowhere to park. After a few good shows, and a few disastrous ones, we ended up taking a break from it all to focus our energies on recording. I have absolutely no idea how to describe our music, other than to say it’s a band formed by a guy who likes punk rock and a guy who likes the Beatles, except the guy who likes punk rock never finishes any of his ideas, and the guy who likes the Beatles is okay with the guy who likes punk rock deciding what his guitar sounds like.
Oh yeah, and Arwen swears a lot. But not in songs.