The Thorns of Life
|The Thorns of Life|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York|
|Associated acts||Jawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, Crimpshrine, Cypher in the Snow, Gr'ups, Forgetters|
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" 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. 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:
|“||I can say only that it's loud and tender and we're called the Thorns of Life. Whether it's more Jetsesque or Breaker-like I honestly don't know; it sounds like a storehouse of fond hatred from the last few years and in the now.||”|
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.
- Navel Gazing: October 26th, 2008 from punknews.org
- AP Exclusive: A Review of The Thorns of Life (Blake Schwarzenbach, Aaron Cometbus Show) from altpress.com
- More details, video from the Thorns of Life (Blake Schwarzenbach, Aaron Cometbus) from punknews.org
- "Music Can Make ME Stupid", LarryLivermore.com, Nov. 16, 2008; also, "MCMYS", Nov. 23, 2008.
- Schwarzenbach, Cometbus, and the Thorns of Life from bohemian.com
- Video of Blake Schwartzenbach’s Thorns of Life in Brooklyn from blog.synthesis.net
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