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OriginBrooklyn, New York
GenresPunk rock
Years active2009–2013
LabelsToo Small to Fail
Associated actsJawbreaker, Jets to Brazil, The Thorns of Life, Against Me!, Oogle Orphanage, Bitchin'
MembersBlake Schwarzenbach
Kevin Mahon
Michelle Proffit
Past membersCaroline Paquita

Forgetters are a punk rock band from Brooklyn, New York. In August 2009 shortly after the breakup of the Thorns of Life, Blake Schwarzenbach (formerly of Jets to Brazil and Jawbreaker) announced his involvement in a new band, Forgetters,[1] with original Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon[2] and Caroline Paquita.[3]

In November 2009, the Village Voice remarked that "If they wanted to, probably, Forgetters... could be a 'supergroup'—drummer Kevin Mahon played in the first Against Me! lineup, and bassist Caroline Paquita was in Bitchin'—but mostly they keep a low profile".[4] The band has been described as "a lean, rough power trio" by the Chicago Reader.[5]

Their first recording, a self-titled double 7" featuring the songs "Vampire Lessons", "Too Small to Fail", "Not Funny", and "The Night Accelerates", was released on the band's own label, Too Small to Fail Records, on September 21, 2010.[6][7] "Too Small to Fail" was a reference to the band's tour in late 2009 and early 2010 through the northeast and southeast United States.[8] The EP was released to positive reviews; Willamette Week called it "a gorgeously drunken stumble through the East Bay's fog and smog".[9]

In early 2011, Forgetters mounted a tour of the West Coast,[10] and in April and May 2011, the band embarked on a European tour.[11] Paquita left the band after the European tour. There were rumors that the band had broken up, but in early 2012, a photograph[12] emerged that indicated Forgetters was still recording as a duo. On November 13, 2012, the band released its debut album, produced by J. Robbins who also played the bass guitar on the record.

Following the release of their full length, the band quietly ceased operations and eventually disbanded in. In 2017, Schwarzenbach reunited with Jawbreaker.[13][14]


  • Forgetters EP (Too Small to Fail, 2010)
  • Forgetters LP (Too Small to Fail, 2012)


  1. ^ "Thorns of Life (2008-2009); Schwarzenbach forms new band with ex-Against Me! drummer". 2009.
  2. ^ "Forgetters to release album". 2010.
  3. ^ "Blake Schwarzenbach Brings the Forgetters--Along With the Ghost, Spirit, and Sound of Jawbreaker--to Vera Last Night". 2011.
  4. ^ Baron, Zach (2009). "Catching Up With Blake Schwarzenbach's Forgetters".
  5. ^ "Forgetters, 97-Shiki". 2010.
  6. ^ "Studio material from forgetters on the way". 2010.
  7. ^ Zaleski, Annie (2010). "forgetters -- Fronted by Jawbreaker/Jets to Brazil's Blake Schwarzenbach -- Coming to St. Louis - St. Louis Music - RFTmusic".
  8. ^ Sutherland, Sam (2010). "Jawbreaker - Days of Whine and Poses (Page 5)".
  9. ^ "forgetters, Street Eaters, Social Graces".
  10. ^ Heisel, Scott (2010). "forgetters (ex-Jawbreaker) plot West Coast tour".
  11. ^ Heisel, Scott (2011). "forgetters (ex-Jawbreaker) schedule European tour".
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