The one and only Jawbox will be stopping by First Avenue on Friday, July 26th. Jawbox was formed in Washington, DC in 1989 by J. Robbins, bassist Kim Coletta, and original drummer Adam Wade. The group released their debut 7” in 1990 on their own DeSoto label. Grippe, released on Dischord Records in 1991, was Jawbox’s first full-length outing. That year saw second guitarist/singer Bill Barbot join the line-up in time to create a denser sound for 1992’s Novelty, also released on Dischord.
Zach Barocas assumed drumming duties in April ‘92, ushering in a new era for the group with his contributions to the rhythm section and the band’s songwriting, as first exhibited on 1994’s For Your Own Special Sweetheart. Tours of all sizes and durations throughout Europe and the U.S. were part and parcel of Jawbox’s routine back then. Equally explosive at Red Rocks or a Roman squat, they were in all cases a galvanized, well-oiled band.
They released their last album, the self-titled Jawbox LP, in 1996, and after another year of touring, broke up in 1997. Although Atlantic Records released the last two albums, Dischord has since made all of the band’s full-lengths available. The group reunited briefly in 2009 for an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The performance was a one-off, and there was no subsequent talk of any other shows of any kind for years.
In early 2017, however, Zach contacted his former bandmates to see what they thought about playing some shows. The resulting conversations were at first casual, but eventually moved the band to action, and by June they began rehearsing for the shows that now comprise An Impartial Overview. It’s been an exciting time, reacquainting not only with the music but also with each other. However much the members of Jawbox have played elsewhere over the years, there is no doubt that the chemistry and energy they bring to this band remains unique for each of them.
The sets will draw from most of their discography with an emphasis on the Robbins/Coletta/Barbot/Barocas recordings, especially For Your Own Special Sweetheartand Jawbox, which albums mark the peak of their creative and performative time together. Longtime fans will be in familiar territory: Coletta’s irrepressible presence; Robbins’s heartfelt guitar and vocal harmonic roar; Barbot’s razor-sharp vocal and guitar challenge and complement; and Barocas’s exacting flail and crash continue to coalesce as they always have, as a single functioning musical unit.
Kicking things off will be the one and only Justin Courtney Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack fame.
It’s been a couple of years since we heard from Justin Courtney Pierre. When we last left off, his celebrated rock band Motion City Soundtrack decided to take a hiatus following a victory lap in support of their sixth album, Panic Stations. This culminated with a Riot Fest performance and a sold-out, career-spanning show at The Metro in Chicago in September of 2016… and since then aside from a few sporadic singles—both under his own name and as half of the video-game-themed duo The Rapture Twins—Pierre has kept a pretty low profile after spending nearly two decades in the band. In reality, what he’s been doing lately hasn’t been terribly exciting bio fodder: He’s been in Minneapolis, mowing the lawn, cultivating tomatoes, taking care of his daughter and figuring out who he is if he isn’t the guy fronting Motion City Soundtrack. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been making music.
Tickets are still available HERE!
Remaining Tour Dates:
07/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
07/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
07/19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
07/20 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
07/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
07/27 – Chicago, IL @ Metro