JAWBOX was an American alternative rock band from
* 1 History * 2 Possible reformation and Jimmy Fallon performance * 3 Desoto Records * 4 Discography * 5 Videography * 6 References * 7 External links
Robbins had played in the final incarnation of
Government Issue ,
which was the longest lived of the original
Wade then left the band to play drums with Shudder to Think , and their friend Zach Barocas was called upon to play the drums. Barocas' adoption of various stage-names caused some confusion at the time; he used the monikers Jim Schortz, El Jefe and even borrowed the name of the Japanese actor Takashi Shimura . Barocas' unique drumming style is central to what became recognized as the band's signature studio and live sound following their major label debut.
Jawbox gained some notoriety in the indie music community by becoming
one of only two bands to move from legendary record label Dischord
Records to a major label , when they signed to
In 1995 Jawbox released a split-live-album with Leatherface on Your Choice Records , produced by Tobby Holzinger with cover-artwork designed by Chris Scheuer .
The band recorded a second album for Atlantic, produced by John
Agnello , but during the sessions, Atlantic started a vanity label for
TAG Recordings , which had the band Fountains of
Wayne signed to it, and they transferred
Jawbox to the new label. In
1996, they released the album, which was surprisingly successful and
had a college radio hit with "Mirrorful " and a cover of
In early 1997, at the completion of the tour supporting the self-titled record, Barocas decided to move back to New York, and Jawbox called it a day. After the split, Robbins and Barbot, along with former Government Issue drummer, Pete Moffett, formed the band Burning Airlines , which itself broke up after releasing two albums. Barbot and Coletta continue to run DeSoto Records . Barbot is owner of Threespot, a web agency in Washington, DC. Coletta is also currently a substitute teacher at Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Barocas became a part of The Up on In which, like Burning Airlines, broke up quickly thereafter. Barocas currently lives in Brooklyn and plays in the band Bells≥ . Barocas also writes poetry and publishes the online literary journal The Cultural Society. Robbins is currently part of the bands Channels and Office of Future Plans , and has continued to be a successful producer.
POSSIBLE REFORMATION AND JIMMY FALLON PERFORMANCE
On October 7, 2009 it was announced that
Jawbox would reform for a
one-night-only performance of "Savory" on the December 8, 2009 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
J. Robbins has also put to rest rumors of a full-fledged reunion, saying that the band will not play any concerts outside of the Late Night appearance.
In addition to taping "Savory" for their Jimmy Fallon appearance as planned, Jawbox also performed "68" and "FF=66" during their rehearsal. Footage of the extra songs was then released online.
In December 2006,
Desoto Records bought the rights of Jawbox's
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