(Feature Music Documentary)
Jawbreaker is considered one of the most influential acts of the 1990’s new punk scene — the connective bridge between Nirvana and Green Day.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, and drummer Adam Pfahler formed the band while students at New York University, later relocating to Los Angeles where they released their debut album Unfun (1990), and finally to San Francisco the following year, where they released 1992’s Bivouac. Soon they were mascots of San Francisco’s infamous 924 Gilman punk scene, inspiring and collaborating with bands like Green Day and Rancid.
Schwarzenbach’s charisma and personal lyrics helped to establish the band as cult idols, even as he underwent surgery to remove painful and voice-threatening polyps from his throat. Jawbreaker toured with Nirvana in 1993 and released 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994, attracting the attention of major labels.
They signed with a major label and released 1995’s Dear You. It seemed that, after years of struggle, success was finally theirs. But then… a backlash. Dear You‘s polished production and smooth vocals resulted in rejection from the band’s formerly adoring audience. Infighting and tension led to Jawbreaker’s legendary dissolution in 1996.
Over the years Jawbreaker’s reputation has grown to almost cult-like status as numerous new bands have followed in their musical footsteps.
But, sadly, they refused to ever play together again.
That is, until 2007, when they spent the weekend together in their old recording studio for an awkward, emotional reunion. This weekend of reminiscing, jamming and coming to terms provides the centerpiece of this feature length documentary by director/producers Tim Irwin & Keith Schieron (We Jam Econo — The Story of the Minutemen).
A Rocket Fuel Production, in association with September Club
Director/Producers: Tim Irwin & Keith Schieron
Co-Producer & Post Supervisor: Dan Didier
Editor: Erin Elders
Story Editor: Barry Poltermann