J. Robbins

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J. Robbins
Background information
Birth nameJames Robbins
Born1967 [1]
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresHardcore punk, Punk rock, Post-hardcore
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
Bass guitar
Associated actsChannels
Burning Airlines
Government Issue
Rollkicker Laydown
Jack Potential
Report Suspicious Activity
Office of Future Plans

James Robbins (best known as J. Robbins) is an American rock music artist.

Music career[edit]

Robbins began his career as a bassist for Government Issue, and has also led five of his own bands: Jawbox,[2] Rollkicker Laydown, Burning Airlines,[2] Channels, and Office of Future Plans.[3] He was a touring bassist for Scream and played bass on the debut 7" from Jack Potential, which was issued by DeSoto Records in 1993. More recently he played bass in Report Suspicious Activity with Vic Bondi, which released two albums on Alternative Tentacles Records.

In 2011, Robbins, along with Kerosene 454's drummer and fellow Channels bandmate Darren Zentek, bassist Brooks Harlan, and guitarist/cellist Gordon Withers, released an EP under the name Office of Future Plans.[3] The band, who had been playing since 2009 and released an album on Dischord Records in November 2011,[4] but as of October 2016, they are not together anymore.[5] In April of 2019, J. Robbins announced that he would soon be releasing his first solo album, Un-Becoming.[6][7]


Robbins is also a successful producer and engineer for bands such as Ponytail, Clutch (and side project The Bakerton Group), Jets to Brazil, Hey Mercedes, Shiner, Mock Orange, The Pauses, The Life and Times, Miranda Sound, Time Spent Driving, Faraquet, The Dismemberment Plan, The Monorchid, The Promise Ring, Dwindle, Pilot to Gunner, Paint it Black, None More Black, Jawbreaker, Against Me!, Goodbye Soundscape, Modern Life is War, Stapleton, Murder By Death, mewithoutYou, Black Cross (hardcore), Lemuria, Caustic Casanova, The Sword, Debate (from Sao Paulo, Brazil), Coliseum, Hammer No More the Fingers, Small Brown Bike, Broadcaster and Nakatomi Plaza.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Robbins's son Callum was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy, an incurable nerve disorder.[8] A number of benefit shows for Callum Robbins have been organized and played in cities such as Chicago, Washington DC, Minneapolis, and New York.  


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2013-10-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b Case, Wesley (June 4, 2014). "J. Robbins' resonance remains felt in rock circles". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Heller, Jason (December 6, 2011). "Office Of Future Plans: Office Of Future Plans". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Office of Future Plans (2009-2016)". Dischord Records. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "A Q&A with former Jawbox frontman J. Robbins". clatl.com. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Jawbox's J. Robbins Announces First Solo Album, Releases New Single". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  7. ^ "J. Robbins' solo debut "Un-becoming" out 5/31". Dischord Records. April 11, 2019. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "J. Robbins, His Wife Janet, Their Son Callum". Sub Pop. January 19, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2019.

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