When the dust clears, it's quite possible that Jawbreaker will be viewed as one of the most influential punk bands ever. Contemporaries of Green Day prior to that band's ascendency to mega-stardom, Jawbreaker and its enigmatic frontman Blake Schwarzenbach introduced a sense of literate intelligence, musical adventurousness, and genuine emotional honesty (read: emo) to the righteous pogo-inducing fury of punk rock. Jawbreaker broke up shortly after the release of their 1995 major-label debut, DEAR YOU, but the band left in its wake a legacy and a blueprint that have been often imitated, but never quite duplicated. One of a kind indeed.
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