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MUSIC | Vol. 8, No. 19, May 15, 2008
(The Rant 2008)

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Old Glory

by Ira Holden

Glory of This Original Members Playing One-Time Reunion Show

In his mind, Pensacola-based vocalist James Harrah envisions a pitch-black room and hears the chants from fans expressing their "Adoration" for his former band, Glory of This.

"I want to come on stage and blow them all away and then spend the rest of the night shaking hands and seeing people I haven't seen in a while," Harrah says, envisioning himself basking in the limelight created by the group that officially called it quits in 2006.

No, Harrah is not suffering from narcissistic bouts of nostalgia-he is mentally preparing himself for the band's exclusive reunion show being held at The Red Door in Pensacola on Saturday, May 17.

The performance will feature the original five members: bassist Grant Mosley, drummer Matt Rogers, guitarist Corey Seals, guitarist John Wingate and Harrah. During the one night only reunion, the band members pledge to only play songs from their first full-length album, "Adoration."

"Those were the best times," Wingate says of the band's early success. "We worked really hard on that album. Then we all quit our jobs and went on tour."

Mosley is looking forward to playing with two bands Saturday night because he is also a member of Ambush, a hardcore punk outfit that opens the night's festivities along with My Farwell and Serra Velle.

"I don't think Glory of This will ever be together again," Mosley says, adding that the group's eventual demise was due to band members not getting along. A week before the reunion performance, band members say they have yet to practice as a group, relegating themselves to the personal perfection of their respective instruments.

Harrah compared his preparation to that of the Italian Stallion in the "Rocky" films, "because it's like I'm coming out of retirement, but I'm not going to lose," he says.

Rogers paralleles Harrah's concern about his own physical preparations, saying, "I haven't played in a while so it will be interesting to see, if I can play it like I did before."

Rogers won't be the only one looking for him to mirror his past success. The band's MySpace page boasts more than 140,000 visits, about 7,000 friends and 3,000-plus comments from people claiming to be from all over the country and the world. The band was also selected as "Best New Band" by Independent News readers for it Music Awards show in 2006.

Despite the band's popularity and success, a majority of the original members agree that it is time to move on.

Seals and Wingate say they are working cooperatively on a new project and hope to make an official announcement at their Saturday, May 17 performance.

"No one has any desire to get Glory of This back together (permanently)," Seals says.

Rogers adds he thought the exclusivity of the reunion show was "regrettable."

"I'd  love to get together with Corey and the guys again.I thought the second CD was pretty good, but Adoration' was when it was fresh."

Glory of This was loosely formed in 2003 and solidified the lineup in 2004. It imploded after two short years of delivering their impressive version of melodic hardcore to thousands. The band's accelerated career began with a string of appearances at the 2004 Vans Warped Tour and also included two album releases on the independent label, Indianola Records.

But Rogers and Wingate left the band in 2005, to be replaced by drummer Dave Miller and guitarist/vocalist Chino. Harrah left in 2006 and was replaced by Chino. Seals and Mosley were the only original members left when the group finally dissolved in 2006.

Fast-forward almost four years and the musicians who made up the group are in very different places, both physically and musically.

"This is the first time me and John have talked in very ling time," Seals says. "John was living in Boston, and I was living in New York."

In his time away from Glory of This, Seals hooked up with the North Carolina-based band Hopesfall and toured all over the U.S. and Canada.

Seals was one of 14 other musicians that at one time or another landed on the now defunct Hopesfall roster.

Seals says he had a coincidental meeting with Wingate, which sparked discussions about the reunion event.

"This was the lineup that got us on the label and got us on the Warped Tour," Seals says. "A lot of our old fans seem to be excited about the show. We knew people would be more excited to see original lineup."

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Glory of This
reunion show, with Ambush, My Farwell and Serra Velle
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17
Where: The Red Door, 6510 W. Jackson St. (corner of 65th St.)
Cost: $10
Details:  www.myspace.com/reddoorvenue or www.myspace.com/gloryofthis666