The Glasspack
The Glasspack circa 2008.
Background information
Origin Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Genres Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Years active 1999 - Present
Labels Small Stone Records
Associated acts Muddy Nasty River, The Decline Effect, Dirty Bird, The Hookers, Lords, Crain, Kinghorse, Bush League
Website Official Page
Current members "Dirty" Dave Johnson
Rodney Roads
Billy Lease
Nick Hall
Mark Campbell

The Glasspack are a Stoner Rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Active since 1999, they have released four studio albums and toured numerous places around the world including Roadburn Festival and SXSW.


Origins and Small Stone Records (1999-2010)Edit

"Dirty" Dave Johnson formed The Glasspack in 1999 mainly from an interest in punk rock and blues in his youth while sporadically playing live in the Louisville area, including an infamous show opening for The Frogs. "Dirty" Dave recalled the following story:

“In 1999, I started playing guitar by myself a lot, and I was playing a lot of John Lee Hooker. I learned to play guitar and sing. I started learning blues scales. I already knew punk rock. I was real fascinated with John Lee Hooker and the Didjits. They were both from Chicago. What I was trying to do was take some punk rock and mix it with the blues.”

“‘Demolition Derby’ is the most hateful Glasspack song ever,” Johnson declares. “That was written to the indie crowd. I was mad. Don’t care if this song sounds like the rest/Hope it makes your ears bleed bitch/Don’t care if this song goes on too long/In my head it goes on and on … There is one line in there, Don’t care about your trendy, trendy scene/Hope this song shatters your black-framed glasses … That, like, totally says it all right there.”

The Glasspack’s first big show was an assault on the coolie crowd. When Johnson heard the art rock group The Frogs were coming to the Mercury Paw, he told Frederick it was his favorite band. His plan was to play the three Glasspack songs he’d written so loudly that people would actually leave the club. It didn’t work out that way. The crowd loved it, and The Glasspack developed a reputation as a must-see live act.

— "Dirty" Dave Johnson, LEO Weekly [1]

In 2000, The Glasspack sent a demo to Frank Kozik with an interest of getting a record released on Man's Ruin Records. While Kozik was interested, Man's Ruin would go under in 2001, ultimately forcing the band to self-release their debut "American Exhaust" in late 2001 with a tour to follow, documented by This included a show at Stoner Hands of Doom that year.[2][3]

The record was distributed well enough that Small Stone Records signed them in the early 2000s. Three albums would follow from the label (2002's "Powderkeg", 2004's "Bridgeburner" and 2007's "Dirty Women") along with multiple tours to follow.

In 2010, The Glasspack would celebrate their 10th anniversary with a special show featuring multiple guests and 7" release party at Zanzabar in Louisville, Kentucky. They would go one somewhat of a hiatus shortly after.[4]

Moon Patrol (2014-Present)Edit

Sometime during the band's hiatus, "Dirty" Dave Johnson would work with former collaborator Mark Abromavage (Kinghorse) along with Chris Abromavage and Jae Brown (Satellite Twin) to form The Decline Effect, a political punk rock band. That band's debut show would happen in 2011 with an album and a string of shows to follow.[5]

In 2014, The Glasspack announced that a fifth album entitled "Moon Patrol" was in the works, intending to be entirely instrumental and somewhat of a departure from their previous sound.[6] On 9 July 2019 it would be announced that The Glasspack would be returning to the live stage for the first time in nearly a decade, performing at Headliner's Music Hall on 7 September 2019. The band is also returning to the studio to finish work on the space rock album entitled "Moon Patrol".[7]



Other ReleasesEdit

  • Road Warriors (2000, Better Days Records)
  • WFPK Live / Muddy Nasty River (2007, Sleeping Village)
  • Split with Trophy Wives (2010, Noise Pollution)
  • Beer City Underground Invasion #4 (1999, Beer City Records)
  • Sucking The 70s (2002, Small Stone Records)
  • Louisville Is For Lovers 2002 P.S. I Love You (2002, Louisville Is For Lovers/Double Malt Music)
  • Sucking The 70s - Back In The Saddle Again (2007, Small Stone Records)
  • Rise - A Louisville Lip Tribute to Kinghorse (2010, Louisville Lip)
  • Head Cleaner: A Louisville Music Compilation Vol. 1 & 2 (2013, Gubbey Records)


Current LineupEdit

  • "Dirty" Dave Johnson - Guitar, Vocals (1999 - Present)
  • Nick Hall - Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer (2010 - Present)
  • Rodney Roads - Guitar, Bass (2014 - present)
  • Billy Lease - Guitar, Bass (2014 - Present)
  • Brett Holsclaw - Guitars, Drums, MC, Vocals (1999 - 2005, 2008, 2019 - Present)

Past MembersEdit

  • Brian Foor - Keyboards (1999 - 2010)
  • Zach Dorsett - Bass (1999 - 2001)
  • David Wright - Bass (2002)
  • Andy Garrett - Guitar, Bass (1999 - 2004)
  • Todd Cook - Bass (2004)
  • Chad Omen - Bass (2007)
  • Eric McManus - Drums (2005 - 2008)
  • Peter Searcy - Bass (2008 - 2010)
  • David Walker Mancini - Bass (2008 - 2010)
  • Tony Rymniak - Drums (2008 - 2010)
  • Mark Campbell - Drums (2014)

External LinksEdit


  1. LEO Weekly Pack Mentality, accessed 29th January 2016
  2. via Wayback ArchiveThe Glasspack Tour Diary, Part One, accessed March 1, 2016.
  3. via Wayback ArchiveThe Glasspack Tour Diary, Part Two, accessed March 1, 2016.
  4. The Obelisk
  6. The Obelisk
  7. The Obelisk
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