The Thorns of Life

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The Thorns of Life
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Punk rock
Years active 2008–2009
Associated acts Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, Crimpshrine, Cypher in the Snow, Gr'ups, Forgetters
Members Blake Schwarzenbach
Daniela Sea
Aaron Cometbus

The Thorns of Life were a punk rock band from Brooklyn, New York. In October 2008, Blake Schwarzenbach, formerly of Jets to Brazil and Jawbreaker, revealed that he had started writing music for a then "as-yet-unnamed group"[1] with drummer Aaron Cometbus (formerly of Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder, among other bands) and bassist Daniela Sea, formerly of the Gr'ups (as "Danyella Dislexica") and Cypher in the Snow, but best known for her recurring role on television's The L Word.

As of November 2008, the group had played a couple of shows in Brooklyn, New York, with videos and reviews available online.[2][3][4] In January 2009, they played a string of shows across California including dates in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Berkeley (selling out 924 Gilman Street), and ending with a final date on February 1, 2009, in Santa Cruz.

Regarding the band, Schwarzenbach has been quoted as saying:

In August 2009, Blake Schwarzenbach announced that The Thorns of Life had broken up and that he had started a new band named Forgetters.[7]

Although the band never released any studio recordings, the various bootlegs of their live performances indicate that they wrote a total of twelve songs during their formation: "My First Time," "Available," "I Hate New York," "Kryptonite," "Subway," "Vivid Green," "We Build Al Qaeda in Washington," "From a Tower," "Black Art," "Not a Track Bike," "O Deadly Death," and "Ribbonhead." The last four songs listed were carried over by Schwarzenbach to Forgetters's setlist; "O Deadly Death" and "Ribbonhead" also appear on the band's debut album.

Despite the band being very short-lived, The Thorns of Life signified Schwarzenbach's return to punk rock since the break up of Jawbreaker in 1996.

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