Hammering away, for twenty-five years
With new album and solidified lineup, Glass Hammer remains primed and prolific
B Y J O H N B O B O B O L L E N B E R G
Glass Hammer marked its 25th anniversary in 2017. In that quarter century the American group had not set foot in Europe until this past September, as members finally packed their figurative crystalline sledge in bubble wrap for transoceanic travel.
The occasion was Italy’s Veruno Prog Festival. That is where spokesmen Steve Babb (bass/vocals) and Fred Schendel (keyboards/vocals) paused to reflect on their shared role steering group fortunes through an impressive 16 studio albums, seven live recordings/concert videos and showcase performances domestically.
“When we were young and active in several upcoming bands, we toured around America many times,” says Steve. “We learned the hard way. When we finally got the opportunity to build our own studio and create our own music, we applied those valuable lessons.
“Often, you are given the opportunity to play a gig for a percentage of the ticket price. As an unknown band this means little compensation, usually not even enough to cover travel. From day one, Fred and I decided we’d rather play a few gigs for many people than many concerts for just handfuls of people. This goes for America and anywhere else in the world.