Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: punk emo punk rock indie pop punk indie rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Critically lauded throughout their career, Jawbreaker ran the gamut from independent hardcore to major label pop punk, while maintaining a strong songwriting ability and propensity to dark poetic lyrics. Formed as Red Harvest in Santa Monica, California, USA, by guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach and drummer Adam Pfahler, the band came together formally when Schwarzenbach met bass player Chris Bauermeister while studying at New York University. Pfahler was studying at UCLA at this point and recording sessions entailed several cross-country jaunts. The band then went through a brief period as Rise with the addition of vocalist Jon Liu. Songs written as Rise then appeared on Unfun, Jawbreaker’s 1990 debut album, with Schwarzenbach taking over on vocals. As the blueprint for much of what would follow, Schwarzenbach’s monumental guitar style and dark lyrics were highly influential. Despite touring it almost proved too much for the band, and they briefly broke up...

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