Jawbox are undeniably one of my favourite (and in my opinion most underrated) bands from the 90's. Starting out in the hardcore/post-punk scene in Washington D.C in the late 80's they are the perfect mix of aggression, emotion and melody, and their song-writing was, to me, next level. Recently re-united, Kim, who happens to be one of the most genuinely nicest people i have met, has graciously agreed to answer some questions. If you don't know them, check them out. My favourite is their self titled 1996 album, so i'd recommend starting there.
Hi Kim, thanks so much for doing this. I know you are super busy with, well, life so i'll keep it short and sweet.
1. What is the favourite release you have been a part of?
I would say our 3rd record, “For Your Own Special Sweetheart.” It marked a big departure in musical style for us, and we had a great time in the studio recording it.
2. What is the favourite show you've played and why?
This is a challenging one as we’ve played a LOT of shows. One that sticks out in my mind is a show we played in 1994 in Leuven, Belgium at a club called Sojo. The audience was incredibly enthusiastic, and it was so hot in there that our bodies were literally steaming after the show.
3. What are your top 5 desert island albums?
-Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
-Big Heavy Stuff, Size of the Ocean
-Shiner, Lula Divinia
-Sharon van Etten, Epic
-Joan Baez, Vol. 2
4. What is one CURRENT band or artist you would like people to check out?
The Pauses from Orlando, FL. Great band and people; we’ll be playing some dates with them this summer. Their newest album is titled “Unbuilding."
5. What is your most treasured piece of vinyl and why?
Pushead individualized the art on each of the four band members copies, so my copy really is one of a kind!
Photo credit: Jawbox band practice, April 2019 by Janet Morgan