Independently minded and adhering to the old-school D.I.Y. punk mentality, West Coast punk-pop trio Jawbreaker
's street-smart -- yet poetic -- lyrics, spirited musicality, and marathon live shows put them a cut above contemporaries like Green Day
. After a series of EPs and singles, guitarist/singer Blake Schwarzenbach
, bassist Chris Bauermeister
, and drummer Adam Pfahler
released the band's debut album, Unfun
, in 1989. Independent label San Francisco Tupelo/Communion signed the group the following year, releasing Bivouac
in 1991 and their breakthrough record, 24 Hour Revenge Therapy
, in 1993.
As 1995 saw the first in a three-record deal with DGC, fans were split over the band's newfound success and move to a major label. But Jawbreaker
were undeterred, releasing the influential Dear You
, a powerhouse collection of punk, grunge, and emo that paved the way for groups like Jimmy Eat World
and Dashboard Confessional
. Sadly, the group disbanded in the late-'90s, leaving 2002's Etc.
, a collection of all of the group's non-album material, as their last will and testament. Dear You
was reissued by Blackball in 2004.