Jets to Brazil
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|Jets to Brazil|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Genres||Indie rock, Emo|
|Labels||Jade Tree Records|
|Past members||Blake Schwarzenbach
Jets to Brazil was an American rock band formed in 1997. It was founded by Blake Schwarzenbach, former frontman of Jawbreaker. When Schwarzenbach relocated to Brooklyn, New York, after Jawbreaker had disbanded, he reunited with friend Jeremy Chatelain and the two began working on four-track recordings aided by drum machines. This lasted until former Texas Is the Reason drummer Chris Daly joined the band. Daly came up with the name "Jets to Brazil", and the band joined Jade Tree Records in 1997. The origin of the band's name comes from a poster in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's, a film well liked among the band members.
The group's first album, Orange Rhyming Dictionary, was released on Jade Tree Records in 1998. They did extensive touring following its release with bands like The Promise Ring. The band followed up the success of Orange Rhyming Dictionary with Four Cornered Night in 2000. Four Cornered Night included new guitarist Brian Maryansky, formerly of the band The Van Pelt. This shift allowed Schwarzenbach to become the pianist for the band. In 2002, Jets to Brazil launched their third—and what was to be final—album, Perfecting Loneliness. By fall 2003, the band had broken up for unspecified reasons.
Schwarzenbach now teaches English at Hunter College in New York and is pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature; in October 2008, he started a new band, The Thorns of Life, but broke up in August 2009. Shortly afterwards Schwarzenbach enlisted ex-Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon and bassist Caroline Paquita from the band Bitchin' to form Forgetters who have since released an album and started their own record label, Too Small To Fail Records, and remain active. Daly reunited Texas Is The Reason for two shows at the Irving Plaza in New York City in November 2006, with no further future plans.