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San Francisco, California, United States (1988 – 1996)

Jawbreaker was an American band from San Francisco, California, United States. The band has its root in Los Angeles, CA, where Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler were students at the exclusive private Crossroads High School. The band came together when they met Chris Bauermeister at New York University in 1988.

With Schwarzenbach on guitar and vocals, Bauermeister on bass, and Pfahler on drums, the band gained recognition in the late eighties and early nineties for their melodic yet driven sound built on the foundation for Schwarzenbach’s poignant, bleeding-heart lyrics and signature rasp.

The band’s first full-length release Unfun was put out by Shredder in 1990. On this, the band stuck close to the sound coming out of their contemporaries in the nascent scene in their sound, with the exception of Bauermeister’s prominent bass lines and Schwarzenbach’s lyrics, at times walking the line of the melodramatic.

Unfun was followed by Bivouac on Tupelo/Communion in 1992. Bivouac proved thicker and darker - both thematically and melodically - yet served to elevate the band above a crowd of previously similar acts. This more ambitious release also artfully used pieces of found-audio, in what was becoming one of the band’s signatures, weaving it in and out of the ten minute title track, “Bivouac.”

Their third release, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, produced by the ubiquitous Steve Albini, unveiled a sparse pop-punk with more carefully crafted lyrics. This album also holds what has become arguably their best known song, “Boxcar.”


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  • thenearestdoor

    happy jawbreaker day

    4 May 9:40pm Reply
  • mortauxvaches_

    Oh, how I miss you 90s

    20 Apr 11:36am Reply
  • AprilPhantom

    @Miikser17 I guess you never heard Rites of Spring, One Last Wish, Embrace, Gray Matter, The Hated, Dag Nasty, Moss Icon and a shit-ton of other bands.

    17 Feb 2:55am Reply
  • Keolia

    Unfun, epic album. [2]

    13 Jan 7:26am Reply
  • BruceMcD2020

    Guess who had one of the most played songs on "Steven's Untitled Rock Show?" Check out the full playlist at!

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • TheMally98

    THE youth's band. Punk, emo, or what genre you want to call them, they were the best.

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Miikser17

    Jawbreaker - Boxcar's melody is somewhat similar to Green Day - She's a Rebel. Even funnier, that both bands are from San Francisco's Bay Area, they were both doing the same kind of music in around the same timeframe (late 80's-early 90's). Althought if someone wants to believe that it was not a coincidence and that the melody was stolen by Green Day, it would be so much fun to think that Green Day ripped their melody off of one of the Very Essentials of Oldschool Emo.

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • lfbj

    I wanna call you and tell you that I'm a fan.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • pezhead27

    The remaster of 24HRT is perfect.

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    The remaster of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy is fucking amazing, cheers guys! :)

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MoogInRow

    im so upset that ive slept on these guys for so long

    7 Nov 2014 Reply
  • negroid101

    my favorite band since the day i discovered them

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • thrashidolatry

    Dreamed I was a fireman, I just smoked and watched you burn.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • knight_88

    These guys were amazing!

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • grumpie70

    Better get started. It's a long walk home.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Bloofy2

    superfans should check out Jawbreaker Bootleg 5/29/93! (the show the live Chesterfield King on Rock Against Bush Vol. 2 is taken from)

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • felipeteles

    Unfun, epic album.

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • savepenguins1

    Jawbreaker is always my favorite band to dickride :)

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
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    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • msrebridges

    One of the greatest bands in history.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
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