The latest project from Jawbox's J Robbins lives up easily to the legacy he forged with both that legendary outfit as well as his work with Burning Airlines. Robbins still has a way with tangled guitar riffs, managing to make them sound chaotic and tidy all at the same time. There's an undeniable tunefulness to the songs, but they never sink into rote rock and roll. Instead, Robbins keeps them delightfully off-kilter; the guitars yawn and scratch in the background of the riotous "The Licensee" and stammer and blurt through "$99.99". Even when the vocal melodies are sturdy and solid, the chaos of the instrumentation keeps things riveting and unpredictable. Robbins 'wife, Janet Morgan is indispensable, a snarling response to Robbins 'soulful call. Waiting for the Next End of the World is a welcome comeback from a reliable force.
By Jason Schreurs on 10.08.14 in Features
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By Andrew Parks on 08.11.14 in News
Much like they did for Minor Threat a little over a decade ago, Dischord Records have announced plans to properly release the earliest recordings of Fugazi. Due out sometime this winter, First Demo is exactly that: 11 so...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Icons
"Beautiful, funny people. Generous to and respectful of the people they work with. Inspirational in a lot of ways. Maybe the best band." - Steve Albini on Fugazi From their first public performances in 1987 to the sta...
By Joe Gross on 07.27.11 in Reviews
Now confident behind the boards, Red Medicine is the first broad expansion of their musical palette. The hard strumming on "Do You Like Me?" almost sounds like furious, heavy...indie pop. (After all, Fugazi had a long fr...