Lookin' for a Hero

Local punk preservationists pogo back into the spotlight after a four-year absence

Despite their wait-and-see approach to playing live, the group is entertaining the idea of making another record, a follow-up to 1994's Liars, Cheats and Thieves.

"There's a lot of original music that we wrote but never got to record, so we would like to go into a studio with some of those songs," Jackson says. "No big dreams of grandeur or anything like that. We're not even talking about touring or anything -- we just want to put it out."

The group is already in the process of negotiating with True Villain, an imprint of Florida-based punk/indie label Hello Records, about releasing the prospective album. Jackson says he's also talked to his old Michigan acquaintance and Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton about handling production duties.

The Glass Heroes: From left to right, Jeff Bourne, Steve Shelton, Keith Jackson and Steve Davis.
The Glass Heroes: From left to right, Jeff Bourne, Steve Shelton, Keith Jackson and Steve Davis.
21st century men: Sugar High greets Y2K with a CD release party.
21st century men: Sugar High greets Y2K with a CD release party.

But before any of that happens, the band will have to prove itself on New Year's Eve. While most of the focus on December 31 is being reserved for another local music reunion, Jackson says the Heroes' show is the ideal place for the Mohawk-and-safety-pin set to ring in the year 2000.

And for the rest of us?

"If you don't want to deal with the glitz and glamour of downtown, you can come out and hang with the leather crowd," Jackson says.

The Glass Heroes are scheduled to perform on Friday, December 31, at the Mason Jar, with the Mob 40s, and the Impossibles. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Anti-Socialites: One of our favorite local pop progenies, Sugar High, is marking the new year with the release of its first CD, a four-track EP titled Ice Cream Anti-Social.

Taking cues from Tommy Keene, Greenberry Woods and the Velvet Crush, the album is a stellar piece of power pop. Cuts like "One Hundred Years" perfectly mix the shimmering croon of front man Adrian Evans and the mod-inspired crunch of guitarist Jason Garcia with the rhythmic punch of drummer Sean Gens and bassist Patrick Singleton.

The disc also includes the cut "Turbo Teen," a song that was prominently featured in the opening of the Melissa Joan Hart acne-crowd pleaser Drive Me Crazy.

Sugar High will be celebrating the release with a Saturday, January 1, performance at Hollywood Alley in Mesa. Evans is urging New Year's Eve revelers to "bring us their hangovers" and make it out to see the bill, which also includes performances by Haggis and Brickyard, among others.

Sugar High is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 1, at Hollywood Alley in Mesa, with Haggis, the Pennydrops, and Brickyard. Showtime is 9 p.m.

This Could Be the Night: If you're like us and are just "Working for the Weekend," then your New Year's Eve plans should definitely include a stop at the Fort McDowell Casino to see Loverboy.

But what if you're not working for the weekend? Say you're just a fan of clichéd classic rock performed by red-bandanna-wearing Canadians (and, after all, who isn't?). Then you won't want to miss the group as it drops the proverbial ball on the new century with a set that will include timeless classics like "Destination Heartbreak," "Passion Pit," "Hot Girls in Love" and "The Kid Is Hot Tonight."

If you aren't already scurrying to change your party plans, admission to the Loverboy show is free. If that still isn't enough to get you to take a walk on the "Wildside," consider this: Loverboy, Millennium Bingo and . . . free hors d'oeuvres. C'est si bon!

Loverboy is scheduled to perform on Friday, December 31, at the Fort McDowell Casino, with Jed's a Millionaire. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.

Contact Bob Mehr at his online address: bob.mehr@newtimes.com

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