Jawbreaker is a band that has created many waves in their time. They became fast favorites in The Bay Area, New York and the Los Angeles punk scenes. Raw, poignant and vital, the band carved a niche within the scene as a band that could stand toe to toe with any of the grittier punk outfits while also providing a level of dynamics and intensity that garnered them attention outside of the hardcore scene and more into the indie/emo world. At one point considered sellouts (pfft), the band came to an abrupt end not long after their major label debut album Dear You, and it wasn’t until many years later that the band decided to try their hand at it again, and were met with an incredibly welcoming response.
The purpose of a tribute album is to highlight not only the distinction of the original album, but also the influence that band has had across music genres. Dear You is one of the most important examples, blending the worlds of punk and what was to become emo. On Dear Who?, you’ll hear how the music of Jawbreaker has spread itself throughout the current musical landscape all while paying tribute to the album’s legacy. Dear Who celebrates 25 years of Jawbreaker’s Dear You, with every song reimagined and mangled into something new yet familiar. Featuring bands made of up members of the older guard like Jonah Matranga, Heavy Seas & Middle-Aged Queers alongside a newer generation of bands like Sarchasm, Lousy Advice and Nobody’s Baby, the album has been re-worked to showcase how much the band has influenced musicians across a few generations.
With a release date of May 4, the album will be available in three vinyl variants along with digital:
Silver – Sell The Heart Records exclusive variant (50 copies available)
Dark Forest Green – Lavasocks Records exclusive variant (50 copies available)
Cream – both labels will be carrying these (250 copies available)
“‘Chemistry’ has always been one of our favorite tracks on this record,” says Peter Niven of Nobody’s Baby. “That really heavy, dark opening riff contrasts in such a cool way with the upbeat chorus. It’s something we try to channel in a lot of our original songs, so we thought this one was a perfect fit for us. It was recorded and mixed at District Recording in San Jose, and I borrowed a friend’s 1963 Vox AC-30 to get that weird fluttery guitar sound.”
Photo courtesy of Nobody’s Baby