I can't listen to anything even remotely related to
emo, but Jawbreaker has always been an exception. Maybe
it's because they don't whine, or maybe because their
songs speak to me, but whatever the reason they were
a great band. Blake Schwarzenbach, now in Jets to Brazil,
got his start here playing guitar and singing. Even
at this point, the lyrics are surprisingly heartfelt
and mature. Much of the songs are well-crafted and encompass
a broad range of emotions, all the while containing
catchy melodies that add a certain pop-punk aspect to
the overall sound. Just check out "Boxcar"
and "Jinx Removing" (which happen to be two
of my favorite songs) to see what I'm talking about.
If you're looking for an intro to the band, this is
probably the best place to start.