Fall For Glory

local punk band sets out on summer tour

Andrew Patrie, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

THE BAND, SEEN HERE ON A NATURE WALK. Fall for Glory (Pat Olson, Jeremy Mitchell, Gary Zuleger, and Brian Hawn) have an ambitious tour lined up for this summer.

Spring is a boy at his bay window, elbows propping fingers laced securely under his chin, as nighttime tree branches are ghosted by silent lightning. Moments pass and the firmament is charged with a crescendo that vibrates the very frame and all around is awe. Spring is electric and erratic. No wonder writers have rendered countless metaphoric iterations equating the season with youth. It is this same vitality that has made punk rock the proper domain of the young. And if you want potent proof, I suggest you take notice of 1:35 into Fall For Glory’s track Trapped (from current EP Pressin’ On). Drums, vocals, and everything but a lone guitar riff hush like a lightning flash, and the hair stands up, the pulse quickens in anticipation, the fist begins to rise, and then the entire band returns, thundering for a few measures, and life has never seemed more vivid.

Originally hailing from Medford, home to Vegetable Spit, Crimes Against Humanity’s Nick Carroll, and the first punk dude I ever met in college, the band (Pat Olson – guitar/vocals, Jeremy Mitchell – drums, Gary Zuleger – guitar, and Brian Hawn – bass) now calls EC its home, albeit reluctantly. The band, responding like a Greek chorus, clarifies, “Eau Claire is a weird city for us because we have met some great people since moving here, but it doesn’t seem to be all that great for live music. We love playing locally and are all about helping local bands. It seems that it’s a constant struggle to get new faces at shows, but it hasn’t discouraged us.”

Although on the surface the boys project a certain sheen, suggesting a ready for prime time-ness, there is an undeniably surly swagger to their sound that situates them squarely amidst the back channels. The song, Everything, from the same EP, reminds me of Moral Crux before the pop elements totally subsumed their sound. However, Fall For Glory seems less than concerned with reconciling their “look” with their recorded output. Comments the band, “We strive to be an honest, uplifting band that plays for ourselves regardless of the labels we have been given.”

    The band launches a June tour with Milwaukee’s Number 9 Hard on the first of the month at the House of Rock. Circa 1995, the bands this scribe associated with adhered to MRR’s Book Your Own F****n’ Life as we frustratingly planned a summer “tour” of satellite cities/states. According to drummer Jeremy Mitchell, not much has changed in 15 years for an upstart, DIY punk rock band. “This tour has been very frustrating to set up. It’s definitely a change of pace from our local shows and required countless hours of talking to bands, venues, and others trying to figure everything out. I’m sure we will be glad we went through the stress of setting it up.”

One unforeseen snag was finding a replacement for initial tour mates All Shook Down out of Nashville. “We were talking with them and there were differences in how we do things and how we wanted to go about setting this tour up. There are no hard feelings, however, and we are really excited to play with Number 9 Hard,” says Mitchell.

Excitement also characterizes their live shows. Mitchell promises a “high energy show with a lot of crowd interaction. We definitely feed off the crowd, and when the crowd gets into it, we do as well. For most shows expect the crowd piling on stage for our last song.”

Looking ahead, the band plans on recording new material later this summer; the bloom of youth portending an august adolescence.

    Fall for Glory + Number 9 Hard + Purge the Woods + Defenestrator • June 1 • House of Rock, 422 Water St. • 9pm • $5