Jawbreaker was a San Francisco-based band that helped define the sound of modern emo rock and pop punk genres. Combining poetic, introspective lyrics with punk rock aggression and a DIY approach, the group formed in 1987 after founding members Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler moved from New York City to Los Angeles in hopes of solidifying a stable lineup of musicians. As Jawbreaker's sound progressed over the years, the three-piece found a bridge between hardcore punk and a mature, melodic style that offered listeners an angst-ridden and cathartic brand of indie rock. The band's third album, 1994's 24 Hour Revenge Therapy, was recorded by notable producer Steve Albini and is still considered an essential piece of mid-1990s pop punk and emo. In 1996, soon after the release of its major label debut, Jawbreaker called it quits due to tense personal disagreements and ideas as to where the band should be headed. Schwarzenbach went on to front the emo-pop group Jets to Brazil, while Pfahler returned to San Francisco to open a video store.
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