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Jawbox is an American alternative rock band from Washington, D.C., United States. Its original members were J. Robbins (vocals, guitar), Kim Coletta (bass guitar) and Adam Wade (drums). Bill Barbot (vocals, guitar) later came on board and Zach Barocas (drums) joined the group replacing Wade.
|Origin||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, post-hardcore, noise rock|
|Years active||1989–1997, 2009, 2019–present|
|Labels||Dischord, Atlantic, TAG, Desoto|
|Associated acts||Government Issue, Shudder to Think, Burning Airlines, Channels, Office of Future Plans|
|Past members||Adam Wade|
Robbins had played in the final incarnation of Government Issue, which was the longest lived of the original Washington, D.C. punk bands. After Government Issue called it quits, Robbins formed Jawbox with Kim Coletta and Adam Wade. The trio recorded a demo cassette and their first, self-released single (this was also the beginning of their use of the Desoto Records rubric, which went on to become a formal, successful independent record label); inclusion of the song "Bullet Park" on the Maximumrocknroll compilation They Don't Get Paid, They Don't Get Laid, But Boy Do They Work Hard (1989) was their most widespread early exposure. They also recorded a four-song EP, Jawbox (1990), which was incorporated into the CD release of their first album, Grippe (both released by Dischord Records). Shortly afterwards, Bill Barbot joined the band as second guitarist and second singer. Not long after, they recorded Novelty with Iain Burgess, and toured the USA.
Wade then left the band to play drums with Shudder to Think, and their friend Zach Barocas was called upon to play the drums. Barocas' adoption of various stage-names caused some confusion at the time; he used the monikers Jim Schortz, El Jefe and even borrowed the name of the Japanese actor Takashi Shimura. Barocas' unique drumming style is central to what became recognized as the band's signature studio and live sound following their major label debut.
Jawbox gained some notoriety in the indie music community by becoming one of only two bands to move from legendary record label Dischord Records to a major label, when they signed to Atlantic Records for 1994's For Your Own Special Sweetheart (the other band was Shudder to Think, which signed to Epic Records). The band had a minor MTV hit with "Savory" in 1994. A second single, "Cooling Card", was issued and received some MTV and radio play, but it wasn't as popular as "Savory".
The band recorded a second album for Atlantic, produced by John Agnello, but during the sessions, Atlantic started a vanity label for alternative artists, TAG Recordings, which had the band Fountains of Wayne signed to it, and they transferred Jawbox to the new label. In 1996, they released the album, which was surprisingly successful and had a college radio hit with "Mirrorful" and a cover of Tori Amos' "Cornflake Girl", but Jawbox was eventually dropped by the label due to a perceived lack of singles on the album.
In early 1997, at the completion of the tour supporting the self-titled record, Barocas decided to move back to New York, and Jawbox called it a day. After the split, Robbins and Barbot, along with former Government Issue drummer, Pete Moffett, formed the band Burning Airlines, which itself broke up after releasing two albums. Barbot and Coletta continue to run DeSoto Records. Barbot is owner of Threespot, a web agency in Washington, DC. Coletta is also currently a substitute teacher at Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Barocas became a part of The Up on In which, like Burning Airlines, broke up quickly thereafter. Barocas currently lives in Brooklyn and plays in the band Bells≥. Barocas also writes poetry and publishes the online literary journal The Cultural Society. Robbins is currently part of the bands Channels, Office of Future Plans, and Report Suspicious Activity with Articles of Faith frontman Vic Bondi and has continued to be a successful producer.
In January 2019, Jawbox announced that they would be reuniting, and touring the USA. In June 2019, Jawbox began the Impartial Overview tour.
Jimmy Fallon performance and 2019 reunionEdit
On October 7, 2009 it was announced that Jawbox would reform for a one-night-only performance of "Savory" on the December 8, 2009 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This was their first show since early 1997 and was done to mark the reissue of their 1994 album For Your Own Special Sweetheart.
J. Robbins has also put to rest rumors of a full-fledged reunion, saying that the band will not play any concerts outside of the Late Night appearance.
In addition to taping "Savory" for their Jimmy Fallon appearance as planned, Jawbox also performed "68" and "FF=66" during their rehearsal. Footage of the extra songs was then released online.
In December 2006, Desoto Records bought the rights of Jawbox's Atlantic Records albums and put them on iTunes and eMusic, along with the Dischord albums and EPs. They also released the albums in stores under the Desoto print and put the videos for all of the major label albums on their site, including their rendition of a Tori Amos song, Cornflake Girl, originally released as a hidden track on 1996's Jawbox.
- Singles & EPs
- Jawbox 7" EP - Dischord Records (1990)
- split 7" w/ Jawbreaker (1991?)
- Your Choice Live Series - Your Choice Records (1995)
- (split w/ Leatherface)
- "Motorist" 7"- Dischord Records (1993)
- "Savory" CD - Atlantic Records (1994)
- "Absenter" 7" w/ "Chinese Fork Tie" as the B side - Bacteria Sour (1996)
- Studio Albums
- Grippe - Dischord/Fontana Distribution (1991)
- Novelty - Dischord/Fontana Distribution (1992)
- For Your Own Special Sweetheart - Atlantic Records/Desoto Records (1994)
- Jawbox - TAG Recordings/Atlantic Records/Desoto Records (1996)
- Cut Off (1992)
- Savory (1994)
- Cooling Card (1994)
- Mirrorful (1996)
- Cornflake Girl (1996)
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