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FEST 18 announces first wave of bands

The first round of bands has been announced for this years’ biggest punk rock party in Gainesville, FEST 18.  The announcement comes with a headliner that I personally have heard many FESTers begging for since their first reunion show a couple years ago.  That’s right, Jawbreaker will be joining the party going on between November 1st and 3rd.

Also on the lineup are bands including Less Than Jake, Jawbox, Dag Nasty, Mariachi El Bronx, Off With Their Heads, AJJ, Iron Reagan, Joyce Manor, Teenage Bottlerocket, and so many more.  You can check out all the current details here.



Adam Pfahler confirms Jawbreaker are writing new material

Jawbreaker drummer Adam Pfahler confirmed in a recent interview with Music Radar that new music for what will be the band’s first album in over two decades is in progress. He was quoted as saying:

“Yeah, absolutely. We’re writing right now and we’ve rescued a couple of old songs that we never had a chance to record right at the end of the band. We’re going to get together in San Francisco and get right back to it. We don’t have a label yet, and we haven’t booked any studio time. We’re just dipping our toes and taking it one step at a time.”

Jawbreaker broke up in 1996, shortly after the release of their iconic record Dear You, but reunited in 2017 and have been performing live occasionally since then.



Show Review: Jawbreaker at Brooklyn Steel with War On Women and Pohgoh

 

            Jawbreaker at Brooklyn Steel 3/24/19. Text and Photos By Kate Hoos.

Jawbreaker- who first ignited a frenzy when they reunited in 2017 at Riot Fest and then went on to tour throughout 2018- is back on the road again, currently on a week long run on the East Coast with War On Women and an also re-united 90s group, Pohgoh. The tour hit NYC for a pair of shows at Brooklyn Steel on 3/23-3/24. While the 3/23 show was sold out, Sunday was more low-key attendance wise, but that didn’t hinder any of the bands in giving rock solid, spot on performances. Keep scrolling for pics and show review.

Pohgoh opened up the night with a set of emo flavored indie cuts. The band was initially active in the mid 1990s, releasing a split with Braid, as well as several of their own singles and a full length in 1997 that came out shortly after they ceased playing shows. Their song “Friend X” was also the closing track on the very first of the legendary Emo Diaries series of comps on Deep Elm Records, which any eagle earred longtime fans in the crowd would have picked out right away when they closed their set with it. Having been a Deep Elm devotee in the late 90s and 2000s, who owned almost every comp they put out until 2003ish, I certainly perked right up when I heard it, smiling as recognition of a nice slice of the past set in.

Though the band ended their first run in 1997, they are officially back now with this tour and a recently released album, Secret Club. Released in 2018, it is a deeply personal album that touches on singer Susie Ulrey’s life with Multiple Sclerosis, the last 20 years, and what it is like being a re-united band now.

War On Women is fresh off of an Australian tour, having just barely arrived back home before this current tour kicked off, but you would never suspect a single ounce of fatigue or jet lag in them. They blazed full force into their set, opening with the searing rager “Pro-Life?” from their 2015 self titled debut leaving no question as to exactly what this band stand for. Singer Shawna Potter is one of the best front women in punk today, captivating audiences while never giving less than 110% in every performance and the rest of her band mates have the intensity to match her. In a set that was pretty evenly split with songs from their debut and their latest album, 2018’s brilliant and fiery Capture The Flag, they minced no words and took no prisoners, making it very clear their stance on life in America today with every lyric of every single song confronting misogyny, rape culture, transphobia, the brutality of healthcare and a whole host of issues that are sadly all too relevant in the political climate of 2019.

The band will continue their frenetic pace up through summer with North East and Canadian dates scheduled for May right before they embark on a UK/European tour with feminist post hardcore shredders Petrol Girls. War On Women is without a doubt one of the most important bands making music today, be sure to keep your eyes open for when they hit your town next.

 

Like many fans of Jawbreaker my age (just a shade under 40 if I’m dating myself!) I’m just a bit too young to have caught them in their initial run which ended in 1996, so this was something I had looked forward to for over 20 years. I also sadly wasn’t able to see them on their first shows back in New York in 2018, so this was really a night I had absolutely been waiting for. They have meant so much to so many people for a very long time, myself included, and I was not at all disappointed; from the reaction of the crowd- with a few attendees in the front row shedding tears- no one else was either. Hearing so many of the songs that were such a big part of my formative years played live was an incredible experience. It didn’t even dawn on me that all of the material they were performing was over 20 years old, some songs even 30 years old; they are all still so fresh in my mind and in the mind of so many of the fans, regardless of if they listened to Jawbreaker in the 90s or were even born at the time some of their albums came out. Needless to say, the band effortlessly delivered an intense and remarkable set as if no time had passed at all since their initial years.

The set list was switched up from night to night and touched on tracks from all over their catalog, sure to please even the most die-hard fans. On Sunday they opened with “Want,” the first track from their 1990 debut Unfun and went on to hit B-Sides “Sea Foam Green,” and “Kiss The Bottle” along with tracks from all four of their albums including solid helping of gems from Dear Youan album that on initial release in 1995 was particularly polarizing to long time fans, but now finally has the healthy respect it always deserved. It almost seemed like they weren’t going to play fan favorite “Boxcar,” but they held out and saved it for the encore to the delight of a very enthusiastic crowd. It is truly a special band that can write and play songs that sound as necessary today in 2019 as they did when they were first written in the late 80s and early 90s.

While fans new and old are certainly waiting to see if this reunion will bring new music, it hasn’t been made clear by the band yet if that is something on the horizon. For now they will finish this tour and then head to the UK/Europe for dates with Beach Slang and will also play for the 25th anniversary of Warped Tour in July.



Beach Slang Stream Video for “I Hate Alternative Rock”, Announce UK/EU Tour Dates With Jawbreaker

Philadelphia’s Beach Slang are streaming a music video for a single from their forthcoming EP. The recently released cover of Bob Mould’s “I Hate Alternative Rock” is the track chosen for visualisation treatment. It will feature on MPLS, which is due to come out on March 15 via Quiet Panic.

Whilst you wait for the full EP, why not check out the video for “I Hate Alternative Rock” below.

The previous release from Beach Slang was the 2018 effort, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening [Quiet Slang].

In addition to the new music video, Beach Slang will also be hitting the road with Jawbreaker for a short run of dates around the UK and Europe. You can find details of the shows below too.



Jawbreaker announce run of East Coast shows

Punk legends Jawbreaker have announced a small run of East Coast shows this year. After being forced to cancel a couple of shows last year due to weather.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Jawbreaker has played a steady stream of reunion shows since back in 2017.  Jawbreaker released Etc. back in 2002, while fans have been chomping at the bit to get some new material from the fellas, it has yet to materialize.



DS Photo Gallery: Jawbreaker, Naked Raygun; and Smoking Popes at Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

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Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on the north side of the city played host to three heavy hitters Sunday November 4, 2018. The bill provided fans a bit of relief from near constant coverage running up to the midterm elections. There more than a few “I Voted” (early in those cases) wristbands, politically motivated t-shirts and buttons visible. But for the most part this show would promise a a time-out from the heavy 24 hours news cycle.

The crowd proved that they were among those undeterred by heavy rains. They were too interested in watching Jawbreaker, a beloved headliner returning to Chicago roughly a year after the city played host to the band’s reunion at Riot Fest 2017. There had been more than a little grumbling about the ticket prices for this show when it was first announced. However, it appeared those in attendance in short order decided that shelling out north of $40 was well worth it.  Surely seeing two groups of favorite sons, Naked Raygun and Smoking Popes from Chicago’s tight knit punk rock community helped.

Speaking of tight knit, this show did draw a strong representation of aforementioned community. Spotted in the crowd, but not a complete list by any means I’m sure, were members of Pegboy, The Bollweevils, Death and Memphis; and The Usuals.

Smoking Popes

The Smoking Popes launched into a set of both old tracks and new tunes from “Into The Agony,” the band’s first full length album in many years. Lead singer Josh Caterer dedicated “You Spoke To Me,” off their third album, 1997’s “Destination Failure,” to Jawbreaker, as the song was written about Blake Schwarzenbach himself. Caterer described how fortunate he felt to be on same bill as one of his musical inspirations.

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Naked Raygun is routinely described as legendary. And despite any hesitation about that word from its founder and lead singer Jeff Pezzati, it is so frequently used one may come to believe that is actually part of the band’s name.

There had been rumors that due to heath and other concerns, this show would be Naked Raygun’s last live performance. Jeff Pezzati dispelled those rumors and assured me they will in fact continue playing live shows.

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Jeff Pezzati of Naked Raygun

Bill Stephens, of Naked Raygun, in a lighthearted moment, sticks his tongue out at photographers shooting from the pit below.

Pierre Kezdy, Naked Raygun’s longest running bass player is presently battling cancer and was not in attendance on stage or in the crowd. But his spirit was nonetheless felt and it was seen, on one of the most popular items at Naked Raygun’s table: a t-shirt featuring a full-bodied portrait of Kezdy.

 

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Returning to Naked Raygun’s performance on this night, Pezzati’s bandmates, drummer Eric Spicer, Bill Stephens on guitar and bass player Fritz Doreza, in their respective roles matched Pezzati’s vocal strength and powered through almost two dozen songs. Highlights including “Home of the Brave, “Peacemaker,” “Vanilla Blue,” the perhaps fortuitously named “Treason,” on which Eli Caterer of The Smoking Popes guested on stage. And of course “Rat Patrol” with its frenzy inducing “Whoah oh oh oh oh oh.” 

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Oh and a photographer’s note: After the first three songs were completed Pezzati glanced down into the photo pit when he noticed the security signaling for the shooters to leave the pit and indicated to them with “he stays, she stays…” and so on. When the security again signaled for us to leave, Pezzati once again took a moment to tells the security, “they stay.” This was not the first time, Pezzati has advised security that the photographers stay for the entire set. It’s always appreciated by those of us documenting the show.

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Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes guests on a couple of Naked Raygun songs.

Jawbreaker’s reunion at Riot Fest 2017 whet their fans’ cravings for more shows. Headlining the annual festival weekend apparently also whet the band’s own appetite to play together more often. Jawbreaker kicked off its set with West Bay Invitational and filled it with some of its best songs, including “Jinx Removing,” “Chesterfield King,” “Kiss The Bottle,” and “Accident Prone.” Their energetic performance challenged the crowd to keep up.

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By the end of the night, many the show attendees straggled out of the Uptown venue and up to the “L” red line platform just across the street, shoulders hunched with exhaustion and clothes soaking wet. But it was hard to tell if that was more due to the rain outside or sweat earned inside by leaning into a solid punk rock bill top to bottom, working to match the energy expelled by those on stage. Just your average Sunday night in Chicago, IL.

 

 



Jawbreaker add Portland shows to reunion dates

Jawbreaker has added another stop in their reunion tour. They’ll be playing the Crystal Ballroom in Portland Oregon on August 17th and 18th, and will be joined by Swearin’ and Hurry Up.

You can see all of Jawbreakers upcoming reunion shows below.



Jawbreaker adds Austin, TX show to reunion tour

Jawbreaker has added another stop in their reunion tour. They’ll be playing the Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center in Austin, Texas on July 13th.

The four (currently) remaining stop on the tour are

June 1-3 – Upstream Fest, Seattle, WA
July 13 – Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center, Austin, TX
Sept 14 – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Sept 15 – Stone Pony Summer Stage, Asbury Park, NJ



It’s official: there will be new music from Jawbreaker!

After months of speculation of new music, Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach confirmed on the latest episode of the Going Off Track podcast that they are indeed planning to work on what will be their record since 1995’s Dear You. Here’s what he had to say:

“Our summer is just gonna be trying to write, jam. What we really wanna do is just riff out and see what comes. I’m spending the next month writing at home, and then we’re gonna converge in San Francisco and go in a studio and see what happens.”

He was also asked what the new Jawbreaker would sound like, “I like the more band-like jams that we have [like “Bivouac”] or “Jet Black” or songs like that, that could only be as a unit.”

And then Blake was asked why the band decided to work on new music for the first time in more than two decades since their breakup, and his response was, “It’s for our own excitement. We can’t keep playing these same songs. I mean, they’re wonderful for people who have not seen it — we’re lucky there are people that wanna see it — but we need some new songs to make it exciting.”

You can listen to the podcast right here. Talk about new music from Jawbreaker comes in around the hour and 37-minute mark.

Jawbreaker broke up in 1996, but reunited a year ago and have been playing shows sporadically ever since then.



Fans Petition Jawbreaker For a New Album

Inspired by the recent reunion shows, Jawbreaker fans are appealing to the band to write and record a new record by way of petition. It reads:

“The 90’s punk music scene wasn’t just all about bands like Green Day, The Offspring or even Blink-182. There was this band called Jawbreaker who released four amazing albums that remain a major influence on pop punk, emo and similar genres in general, including their last one from 1995 “Dear You”. The band went their separate ways in 1996, but have been back together since 2017.

Given how many years it’s been since the last Jawbreaker album was released, many fans would love to hear a new album. Our patience is running out, especially after too many years of waiting for a reunion, and Blake Schwarzenbach saying in the summer of 2017 that Jawbreaker has been trying to write what may be a new album. Let’s get this petition out there and shared to as many Jawbreaker fans as possible to let the band know that we want to hear at least one new song.”

If you’re behind the motion, head over to the petition page and add your name.



Jawbreaker announce shows in California and New York

Punk legends Jawbreaker have announced a string of US reunion shows. The band will be getting together for four shows in California (two in SoCal and two in NorCal) as well as two dates in NYC. The dates will take place over the course of January, February, and March. They will be joined by comedy acts Clare O’Kane, Emily Flake, and Kate Willett as well as bands like The Smokers, Composite, The Neutrals, Post Life, and Waxahatchee.

You can check out a full list of dates and locations below and see a detailed outline of the guests that will be joining them on each date.

Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach recently revealed that the band has been “trying to” write new music. It’s been 22 years since their last album Dear You was released.



DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day 3 (Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, The Flatliners, The Menzingers and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Once again, Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. You can check out our coverage of day one here and our shots from day two here, but we, like Riot Fest organizers this year, certainly saved the best for last. 

While last year’s Riot Fest included a Danzig-led Misfits reunion that was noteworthy in its own right, this year’s headline reunion band felt somewhat bigger and more important in a lot of ways. There’s a giant faction of the punk rock scene that’s effectively been the House That Jawbreaker built, and that was certainly reflected in this particular day’s lineup. There’s a direct sonic and stylistic connection from newly-reformed trio, playing only their third show in over two decades, to bands like Hot Water Music to more recent torch-bearers like The Flatliners and The Menzingers. All of the above were on display on a hot and sweaty third-and-final day of Riot Fest 2017, marking a notable past, present and future that seemed to find each generation drawing inspiration from the others.

But wait, there was plenty of other punk rock history to go around! GWAR have kept on keeping on following the death of frontmonster Dave Brockie a few years ago, and have been Riot Fest regulars for years. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones made another stop on their Let’s Face It 20-year celebration shows that’ll wind down with this year’s Hometown Throwdown around Christmastime. Pennywise, who will be celebrating their thirtieth birthday as a band next year, played one of the weekend’s best-received sets. Check out our full photo rundown below!



Fat Wreck announces Riot Fest flexi pack that may feature new Jawbreaker music

Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will once again be releasing a special flexi pack exclusive to Riot Fest. In total, the pack will include four flexis with previously unreleased songs.

As most of you know, Jawbreaker will be playing this festival, and some puns in the label’s press release make it sound like one of the flexis may include new music by the recently-reunited band:

“Trust us, you’ll Want the special bonus two song flexi that will be included with every pack…that’s right, four flexis total! Leave your Chesterfields at home and get to Riot Fest and grab a flexi pack!”

Jawbreaker frontman Blake Schwarzenbach recently revealed that the band has been “trying to” write new music. It’s been 22 years since their last album Dear You was released.



Jawbreaker trying to write new music

Following a screening of the new Jawbreaker documentary last night in New York City, frontman Blake Schwarzenbach participated in a little Q&A session. When asked whether the band has any plans to release a new album, he said they are “trying to” write new music.

Jawbreaker’s last album Dear You was released 22 years ago, so to say fans have been patiently waiting for a new record would be an understatement. The band reunited earlier this year and will be playing Chicago’s Riot Fest next month.



Watch Jawbreaker’s full reunion set in San Francisco!

A few months ago, it was announced that Jawbreaker would reunite to play this year’s Riot Fest, but the guys just don’t seem to want to wait.  After some videos surfaced of the band playing in Albany, CA a few weeks ago, it appears the band played another reunion show in San Francisco a few days ago.  Luckily, a video of the full set has been uploaded, so if you weren’t one of the lucky few to catch this set, you can now see the whole thing below.