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Jawbreaker - Unfun

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1990
Label: Shredder - SH-07 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Repress • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
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San Francisco's Jawbreaker straddled a pivotal moment when emo was a "core": halfway between insult and genre, hardcore and pop, underground and mainstream. Their lyrics stressed both punk principles and emotional outpourings.

Their music was furious but catchy, with a set of mannerisms that flowed smoothly into indie-rock, pop-punk, and alt-rock: palm-muted power chords laced with bright octaves Jawbreaker - Unfun harmonics; guitar leads rounding off into whistling feedback; counter-melodic bass lines; and epic Jawbreaker - Unfun with arty sampled monologues. They had lofty ideals, but their songs walked around on the streets, sullen and pissed, with fresh scabs and dog-eared volumes of Bukowski in their back pockets.

The phrase "emo-core" itself is a problematic compromise between hardcore and pop-- an angst-inducing identity for a young band. Blake Schwarzenbach was 22 when Jawbreaker's debut, Unfuncame out, and this was but one of the pressures that drove him. Recriminating tunefully through a shredded throat, he calibrated himself against a punk scene and adult world of coequal injustice. Jawbreaker - Unfun was Jawbreaker's punkest record, but he feared it wasn't punk enough: "Sorry we ain't hard enough to piss your parents off," he snipped on "Incomplete".

His fretful intelligence often led him to dispense free psychological evaluations and strawman parables. There are many issues-based songs: "Softcore" is anti-porn, and "Seethruskin" Prey - Enabler - La Fin Absolue Du Monde anti-racism.

It gets almost Orwellian: "Don't think that I ain't counting all the things you do," Schwarzenbach bristles in scene-cop mode. He always loved those sassy "ain'ts. Yet the music itself is irrepressibly fun. Drummer Adam Pfahler was a fucking behemoth, a whiz Jawbreaker - Unfun galloping toms and breathtakingly long fills. And Schwarzenbach's prickliness was ultimately sympathetic, because it stemmed from a vulnerability he laid bare in songs like "Want", where dark secrets are exorcised in the name of love.

He's looking for survivors, imploring on "Busy", "We're all close to the end; don't you need Jawbreaker - Unfun friend? By 's major-label but still-fierce swan song, Dear YouJawbreaker seemed wholly out of step with the scene that revered them; a broken lineage made painfully clear by the terrible cover versions modern emo bands produce. Schwarzenbach managed one pretty great album Jawbreaker - Unfun Jets to Brazil, Orange Rhyming Dictionarybefore petering out into mojo-less soft rock.

With reunion and documentary rumors rumbling, Jawbreaker is primed for renewed attention, though one wonders what emo fans raised on Dashboard Confessional, Warped Tour, and Vagrant Records will make of their pinched, petulant sound. Regardless, the original music stands tall. On UnfunJawbreaker's conviction that punk could open up to pop while staying hardcore burns more urgently than ever, in the retrospective light of futility.

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    Moshura 04.11.2019
    Unfun recorded &mixed January/February at Radio Tokyo, Venice, California. Busy was re-mixed. Originally Recorded at Radio Tokyo, June, Tracks are from the Whack & Blite E.P. Recorded & mixed May, at Radio Tokyo. Mastered at K-Disk, Hollywood, California The LP was released in , CD in /5(25).
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    Faukasa 07.11.2019
    16 rows · Jan 02,  · Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Jawbreaker - /5().
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    Kazisida 31.10.2019
    AllMusic Review by Mike DaRonco. Jawbreaker could be easily described as a pop-punk band with more of a dark side. Not that this isn't true, but it just wouldn't do this trio any justice to their poetic lyrics and complex song structures. With Unfun, a very influential record way ahead of its time, they make a name for themselves -- not as your 8/
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    Kigarn 02.11.2019
    Apr 07,  · On Unfun, Jawbreaker's conviction that punk could open up to pop while staying hardcore burns more urgently than ever, in the retrospective light of futility/
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    Mazutaur 01.11.2019
    Jun 10,  · However, unlike contemporary Pop-Punk, Unfun has a dark quality and a maturity emblemized by it's literary aspirations. While many bands at the time were willing to settle for pat social commentary, Jawbreaker pushed it's lyrics, emphasizing depth and resonance. 12 tracks/5(14).
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