Fans of the punk rock band, Jawbreaker are in for a treat.
Jawbreaker is the subject of the new documentary, Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker. The band will also be reuniting after a 21 years hiatus during the Chicago punk rock festival, Riot Fest. The iconic punk rock band departed ways back in 1996 after touring their 4th LP Dear You but will come together for a limited, one time performance.
Jawbreaker pioneered and set standards in the punk genre when they formed back in 1986 with guitarist and singer Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, and drummer Adam Pfahler. According to Scott Heisel of Alternative Press, “They’re the best punk band of the ’90s, hands down. They never put out a bad record.”
Since their breakup in 1996, the band have stayed broken up. That is, until Riot Fest.
In honor of Jawbreaker day, a new clip from the upcoming documentary was released. The clip has interviews with a member of Jawbreaker and Steve Albini as they record 24 Hour Revenge Therapy. Albini is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and audio engineer and is the founder and owner of Electrical Audio, a recording studio complex located in Chicago.
The clip starts off with one of the members talking about getting Albini to help record their third album. “I was starstruck.” He admits in the clip. Later on in the interview, Albini confesses that he mistook the band for another rock band, Jawbox. A common mistake.
As Albini plugs in his guitar in his studio, he quickly messes with a few chords before turning back to the camera and saying in a straightforward tone; “I’m sorry, I don’t know any Jawbreaker songs.” With that, the clip fades to black and the coming soon title appears on screen.
The teaser gives just enough of nostalgia to bring fans forward, to hold on to that punk feeling of familiarity.
The documentary will feature interviews with Billy Joe Armstrong, Jessica Hopper, Graham Elliot, Chris Shifflet, Josh Caterer and many more.
As of now, there’s no release date for the documentary.
The festival, however will be held at Chicago’s Douglas Park from September 15-17. The lineup includes a variety of popular bands but the rare, exclusive performance of Jawbreaker will make this Riot Fest one no one will forget.
Tickets can be purchased here.