Jawbox Frontman Says No to Reunion Show Rumors

Jawbox, J. RobbinsJ. Robbins, the pumpkin-pie-loving frontman of Jawbox, recently took some time to have a heart-to-heart with Buzzgrinder, and we were stoked.

Dude is pretty legendary, whether you’re talking about the band’s he was in (Government Issue, Jawbox, Scream, Burning Airlines, among others) or the bands he’s worked with in the studio (Clutch, Texas Is the Reason, Promise Ring, mewithoutYou, Murder by Death, Jets to Brazil, Against Me!, the list goes on). So we were more than happy to chat and tell him how awesome he is.

Among other things, we discussed the rumors swirling that the band’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon appearance was the just the beginning of a Jawbox reunion that would include multiple live dates. Robbins was quick to shoot that notion down:

It seems like if we were ever going to do it — now would be the time. We all put our heads together, and it just seemed like — with all of us in different cities and leading complicated and over-committed lives as we do — that it would be very, very difficult for us to to dedicate the time it would take for us to live up to the standards that we want to live up to.

If we were going to do shows, we would not want it to be half-assed. There were good and bad things about Jawbox, but we always held ourselves to a pretty high standard as far as playing shows. We would want to make sure we did it right, and we felt like we couldn’t take the time to do that. So that was pretty much the beginning and the end of the reunion discussion.

Since the band seemed so resolute about this point, we couldn’t help but wonder how their late-night TV appearance came about. Robbins explained:

[Bobbie Gale at Big Hassle] called the music booker at Jimmy Fallon, and that person used to work for Alternative Press and has a history with the band unbeknownst to us. And he got really excited and extended the invitation to us. We were just like, “Well that is completely out of left field.” It’s so strange and such a one-off that we just have to do it. It’s too weird of an opportunity not to do it.

And it’s so much easier to get our heads around learning one song and being able to execute it the way we want to do it. That’s something we do have the time for.

Jawbox – Savory

Jawbox – Jackpot Plus!
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by Sean Cannon | 12:00 pm
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TAGS: Against Me, Burning Airlines, Clutch, Government Issue, Jawbox, Jets to Brazil, mewithoutYou, Murder By Death, Promise Ring, Scream, Texas is the Reason
4 Responses to “Jawbox Frontman Says No to Reunion Show Rumors”

On 10/27/09 1:03 PM, Jawbox rules out reunion shows – Punk Rock Feed! said:

[…] J. Robbins recently addressed rumours that the band would be reuniting for more shows beyond their appearance on Jimmy Fallon. The performance is set to coincide with the re-issue of the band’s album For Your Own […]

On 11/10/09 11:49 PM, Is Jawbox Reuniting or What? « Perfect Lines said:

[…] especially considering just a short while ago, J. Robbins told Buzzgrinder something completely different: There were good and bad things about Jawbox, but we always held […]

On 12/9/09 8:41 AM, Watch: Jawbox reunites on Fallon said:

[…] released reissue of For Your Own Special Sweetheart, this reunion appears to be in the form of a one-off variety. So, while we have a moment, thanks […]

On 12/10/09 3:06 AM, FameWired.com » Bizarrely, Jawbox reunite just for Jimmy Fallon said:

[…] is in celebration of their recent Best New Reissue of 1994’s For Your Own Special Sweetheart. According to a Buzzgrinder interview with frontman J. Robbins, no reunion tour is currently planned. So try to really enjoy the videos […]