Gladhander was born at Sacred Heart Hospital on August 23, 2005. Guitarist Mitch Chamberlain offered drummer Kasey Waite a tincture of rock and suggested they invite along bassist Rick McFadden. The lineup was built to be unstoppable - the members had...
Gladhander was born at Sacred Heart Hospital on August 23, 2005. Guitarist Mitch Chamberlain offered drummer Kasey Waite a tincture of rock and suggested they invite along bassist Rick McFadden. The lineup was built to be unstoppable - the members had known each other for years through the West coast music scene and JAMPAC. All three singer-songwriters had collectively decided to put their other projects on hold and return to their original instruments.
Gladhander began playing the kind of music they loved for themselves. Based out of the college town of Eugene, Oregon, Gladhander planned on taking the music to the streets locally and then up and down I-5. “The economy and war situation has the people begging for some real music,” says Mitch. Rock sensibility, strong melody, and a three piece showcase of talent brought them a local following.
Songs like "Pee girl" and "Tooly" earned them a recording deal in late 2007 and their debut album "One Against Three" was released in 2008. “We all just want to make our parts as important as possible, for the good of the music.” says Kasey. “Gladhander was designed for the fans.” As for the future, Gladhander is hitting the road in support of their CD and will be screening a brand new music video in Hollywood, California, on November 19th 2009.
Eugene Weekly Review by The Eugene Weekly After Mitchell Chamberlain moved from Eugene to Seattle in 1997, he worked with Krist Novoselic and JAMPAC to overturn Seattle’s restrictive laws against all-ages concerts. Chamberlain returned to...
The ChickenFish Speaks by The ChickenFish Gladhander has a heavy punk sound with the bass leading most of the songs. The songs have that young band roughness that I heard many times at all ages shows during my college days. The music is...
Eugene Weekly Review by The Eugene Weekly After Mitchell Chamberlain moved from Eugene to Seattle in 1997, he worked with Krist Novoselic and JAMPAC to overturn Seattle’s restrictive laws against all-ages concerts. Chamberlain returned to Eugene in 2005 and formed Gladhander, which overcame personnel changes and a fire that destroyed the band’s jam shed before signing to indie Hollywood label DeMille Productions in 2007. They’ve just finished their first recording, One Against Three.
Chamberlain’s devotion to Seattle grunge is potent. He’s a “huge” Alice in Chains fan and worked with the late singer Layne Staley’s mother on yearly tribute concerts. Unlike AiC, however, self-destruction and drug abuse don’t seem to be Gladhander’s main themes, though there’s no shortage of lyrical riffs on desolation.
In “Blind,” a catchy hook fills in space around such lines as “I can’t see when I am blind / Feeling like this most of the time with you.” “Space” streams forth with a surprisingly agile bass line that wraps through a spare guitar accompaniment. The whole album moves along like machinery, and with a full bouquet of minor keys, restrained-but-gritty vocals and melodies they keep on a tight leash, it’s clear that AiC is Gladhander’s main muse.
In January the band will travel to L.A. to record a video for one of the songs on their new album, and the label is exploring some unique street-level promotions to get out the good word on Gladhander. Meanwhile, all three band members are busy at home, having each had a baby girl born within the past year. Gladhander celebrates the release of One Against Three with First Sleep and Like Breathing at 10 pm Friday, Dec. 12, at the Black Forest. 21+. Free. — Vanessa Salvia
The ChickenFish Speaks by The ChickenFish Gladhander has a heavy punk sound with the bass leading most of the songs. The songs have that young band roughness that I heard many times at all ages shows during my college days. The music is nothing really revolutionary, but is the kind that great for getting out your angst, especially in a live show setting. They go mellow on the tune “Space” which contrasts with their overall sound, but then again they do seem like a group of musicians who are still at the point of emulating their favorite bands and finding their own voice.
-- Mite Mutant (2009)
The Music Korner Review by The Music Korner If you’re longing for the days when Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots were topping the charts, then this debut from Eugene, Washington’s Gladhander is here to continue carrying that torch. One Against Three contains a good mixture of hard-driving tunes with strong melodies and grungy guitars and a few slower cuts that along with Mitchell Chamberlain’s vocals are at times a bit Cobain-like and bring to mind Nirvana. While they definitely wear their influences on their sleeves, this trio is taking them and making them their own (check out “Pee Girl”). One Against Three is a disc that should definitely make the grunge forefathers proud.(DeMille Productions) - Geoff
BabySue Review by BabySue The guys in Eugene, Oregon-based Gladhander play a modern brand of hard pop reminiscent of many of the hard grunge bands from the 1990s. The band's tunes feature hard driving rhythms, loud thick guitars, and appropriately masculine vocals. Formed in 2005, the band consists of Mitchell Chamberlain (guitar, vocals), Kasey Waite (drums), and Dustin La Roche (bass). The band has apparently become a favorite in their home town and its no wonder. The tunes on One Against Three are catchy and cool and the playing is super tight. The vocals kick ass. It's amazing there aren't more post-grunge bands around considering the vast influence the genre had on music for so many years. This album features twelve classy tracks including "Fit For a King," "Tooly," "Do You Have It?", and "Make You Hate Me." (Rating: 4+++++)