Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1990s


While Fugazi tends to get the majority of the attention for putting Washington, D.C. on the alt rock map, the oft-overlooked post-punk quartet Jawbox proved to be just as important. Stop-start rhythms, slashing guitar work, almost hardcore like vocals, and a pinch of melody served as the blueprint for the style that Jawbox would follow throughout their career, and as a result, spawn countless imitators (as evidenced by en vogue twenty-first century musical styles such as emo and math-rock).

Formed during the summer of 1989, Jawbox rose from the ashes of another Washington-based outfit, Government Issue (one of the area’s longest running hardcore bands at the time of their split). Former Government Issue bass player J. Robbins decided to move over to guitar (in addition to providing vocals), recruiting new bass player Kim Coletta (who would remain alongside Robbins throughout Jawbox’s career) and drummer Adam Wade. The trio began...

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