Jason Thornberry

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Writer and reporter, Jason Thornberry was once very actively involved in music, playing the drums in a number of punk alternative rock bands in Southern California. His tenure with the band Mulch saw them perform 200 times in two years, a feat for an unsigned band. Mulch performed with everyone from No Doubt to NOFX in the early 1990s. Jason helped form The Pressure, who went from complete obscurity to the cover of The OC Weekly less than a year after they had played their first concert. In 1999, The Pressure was readying the release of their debut album, when it was discovered that Thornberry was in a coma after being curb-stomped and beaten nearly to death by gang members.[1][2] Four months later Jason was released in a wheelchair. Within a year he was walking again, and he'd begun to document the experience. Jason would continue to see therapists for a long time, having also temporarily lost the ability to speak or to use the left side of his body after the assault.[3]

He returned to school and edited his college newspaper, The Coast Report, along with contributions to The OC Weekly, URB, Mean Street, and more than two dozen print and online music magazines around the world.[4]

He has recently finished his first book, a memoir based upon his experiences in music, as well as overcoming a traumatic brain injury.

Jason lives in Seattle with his wife.


(This list includes musical artists with whom Thornberry appeared.)

  • Mulch

Nowhere to Climb (1994). 13 Dayz (1995). Aces and Spaces (2008). Organic Recordings from Wrightwood's Mulch (2015)

  • The Pressure

My Heart Was Lost (1996). The Pressure (1997). I Wanna Call Someone (1998). v/a Brother Can You Spare Some Ska Vol. 4 (1998). v/a Al's Bar Compilation, Vol. 2 (1998). v/a Styzine Compilation (1998). v/a The Buddy List (1999). Things Move Fast (1999). v/a Orange County Weekly compilation’’ (1999). v/a Sampler WE 20.0’’ (year?).



  • The Stranger
  • The Coast Report
  • The Orange County Weekly


  • Adirondack Review
  • American Music Press
  • The Blacklist
  • Central Circuit
  • Mean Street
  • Mic Stand Magazine
  • Skratch
  • URB


  • Alternative Zine (Israel)
  • Americore
  • AMZ Music Zine
  • Aversion
  • Beat The Blizzard (UK)
  • Bendies
  • Bite Me!
  • Blistering (Canada)
  • Buzzine
  • California Pop
  • CanEHdian (Canada)
  • Chaos Control Digizine
  • Chaotic Critiques
  • Cosmik Debris
  • Crud (UK)
  • Daily Vault
  • Geek America
  • Gepetto
  • Global Hip Hop
  • Hybrid Magazine
  • Inkblot
  • Legion (Russia)
  • Maelstrom
  • Mavis's Dream
  • Metal Crypt
  • Metal UK (UK)
  • Mic Stand Online
  • Misfit City (UK)
  • Open Up & Say
  • Pandomag
  • Punk News
  • Rockezine
  • Sweet Tea (UK)
  • 2Walls


  1. ^ "Ska Parade Homepage News". Skaparade.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Orange County". Ocweekly.com. 6 June 2002. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Rich Kane (2 September 1999). "Life Moves Fast – Page 2 – Music – Orange County". OC Weekly. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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