JAWBOX was formed in Washington, DC in 1989 by guitarist/vocalist J. ROBBINS, bassist KIM COLETTA, and drummer ADAM WADE. The trio released their debut 7″ in 1990 as a split between Dischord Records and their own label, DeSoto. Over the next three years, Jawbox put out two albums and three 7″ singles. Grippe, released in ’91, was the band’s first full-length. Second guitarist/singer BILL BARBOT joined the line-up in time to record ’92’s Novelty. Both albums were released on Dischord. ZACH BAROCAS took over drumming duties that same year, performing on For Your Own Special Sweetheart, which was released in 1994 on Atlantic Records. Recorded in Hoboken, NJ with JOHN AGNELLO in winter of 1995, Jawbox was the band’s fourth and final album. If Sweetheart presented the band’s music in a straightforward and unembellished state, Jawbox found the group more open to experimentation. Arrangement-wise, it contains some of the band’s densest compositions (“Chinese Fork Tie”), but also some of it’s most concise and tuneful songwriting (“Excandescent”). While the basic tracks were recorded more or less live, the songs were later augmented with sounds-toy drum kit, Hammond B3 organ, and saxophone-that were outside of the band’s established palate. Long out of print, Jawbox has been remastered on LP by DAN COUTANT at Sunroom Audio and is reissued by Dischord and DeSoto Records.
Label: DeSoto Records – JA17, DeSoto Records – ja17
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Released: 22 Sep 2015
Style: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
A4 His Only Trade
A5 Chinese Fork Tie
A6 Won’t Come Off
B9 Desert Sea
B10 Empire Of One
B12 Nickel Nickel Millionaire
B13 Capillary Life
Phonographic Copyright (p) – DeSoto Records
Copyright (c) – DeSoto Records
Copyright (c) – A-1 Maintenance Music
Copyright (c) – EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Manufactured By – Dischord Direct
Distributed By – Dischord Direct
Recorded At – Water Music
Mixed At – The Magic Shop
Remastered At – Sun Room Audio
Lacquer Cut At – SST Brüggemann GmbH
Bass Guitar, Voice – Kim Coletta
Cover [Mechanic] – Jason Farrell
Design Concept [Cover] – Zach Barocas
Drums [Maple], Brass – Zachary Barocas
Engineer [Assistant – Mixing] – Juan Garcia (10)
Engineer [Assistant – Recording] – Jeff Gattens, Wayne Dorrell
Guitar, Vocals, Saxophone, Organ [Hammond Left Hand] – W.C. Barbot
Lacquer Cut By – MW
Producer, Songwriter [All Songs Written By] – Jawbox
Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer – John Agnello
Remastered By – Dan Coutant
Technician [Live Sound] – Robert Bowers
Voice, Guitar, Organ [Hammond Right Hand], Percussion, Design, Photography By, Graphics – J. Robbins
Issued with an insert sheet and includes a download coupon for free mp3s of the entire album.
Tracks are listed sequentially on the back sleeve, regardless of sides.
Recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ. Mixed at the Magic Shop, NYC.
Vinyl remastered for 2015 reissue at Sun Room Audio.
All songs © 1996 – 2015 A-1 Maintenance/EMI Blackwood Music Publishing (BMI)
℗© 1996 – 2015 desoto records / manufactured and distributed by dischord direcht