In the 1990s, Blake Schwarzenbach established his rep as one of the most mature and incisive lyricists in Punk Rock and early Emo. Over seven years, the guitarist/singer’s Bay Area-based breakthrough band, Jawbreaker, explored subjects both dismal (death, loneliness, destroyed relationships) and lighthearted (the politics of Punk, moments of falling in love) over evocative, carefully plotted hooks.
Once Jawbreaker imploded (soon after the release of 1995 major label debut Dear You), Schwarzenbach formed the Indie Rock-leaning Jets to Brazil and began constructing looser narratives that utilized more complex and abstract imagery, but that group was finished by 2003. For a good number of years thereafter, Schwarzenbach completely dropped out of the scene, trading his musical pursuits for an English professorship at New York's Hunter College.
forgetters play the newly opened MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine Thursday. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice recommendation and to get show and club details.