Interview with Former Glassjaw Guitarist Todd Weinstock: Social Security, Afrobots, & GJ

by | Apr 5, 2011

I was listening to Glassjaw’s Worship and Tribute album a few weeks back, and thought to myself: what’s former guitarist Todd Weinstock been up to lately?

Weinstock — who had been a member of Glassjaw from 1996 to 2004, and appeared on all releases from the band’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (1997) debut EP through second full-length Worship and Tribute (2002) — has stayed pretty busy since he and the group parted ways in ’04. Following his near-decade stint with Glassjaw, Weinstock handled guitar duties for electropop band Men, Women & Children, lent his talents to a project dubbed Cubic Zirconia, and stayed active DJing in New York City. Today, one of his more recent endeavors: producing bands.

Mr. Weinstock came over to Bonnerhaus, the Ryan’s Rock Show headquarters, to give his first interview in years. He brought along fellow producer Marc Jordan (The Cult, Velvet Revolver) to discuss their new production duo Social Security, Weinstock’s new band with ex-At The Drive-In drummer Tony Haajar called Afrobots, and to reminisce on time spent in Glassjaw.

From left to right: Todd Weinstock, Marc Jordan.

Social Security is currently working a Klaxons remix, something producer Ross Robinson approached you to do. Having worked with Robinson previously in Glassjaw, are there production techniques of his that you have adopted?

 

In a band? Send Social Security your material [producedbysocialsecurity#gmail.com].

Photos by Dorothy Gilbert

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