For Jawbreaker Day: The Best Jawbreaker Songs

I remember when emo broke to the  high school kids in my town (thanks, Jimmy Eat World) and everyone quickly began drawing lines in the sand regarding which bands fell into this often maligned, frequently misunderstood category. I was one of them, diving deeper and deeper through All Music, trying to figure out where this sound came from and where it fit between hardcore, punk, post-hardcore, and everything else. Like everyone else, I wound up in Washington D.C. reading about Dischord Records and Revolution Summer, but it was San Francisco’s Jawbreaker that caught my eye. A badass name, a perfectly tortured album title (it doesn’t get much better than 24 Hour Revenge Therapy to a 15 year old male) , and, most importantly, an iffy cover by Brand New were all I needed to check out a band. Years later, it would seem my shithead 15 year old self didn’t mess everything up.

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