Blake Schwarzenbach’s New Band – The Thorns of Life?

Ripping through the internet over the last couple days is word that Blake Schwarzenbach debuted a new band on Saturday, November 8th at the Jerk House in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The band features Aaron Cometbus (Crimpshrine and Pinhead Gunpowder among others) on drums and Daniela Sea (The L Word) on bass. It’s not totally clear if the band has a name, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone on the internet yet who actually saw the band perform.

Heavy breathing internet speculation leads the netizens to believe the band is called The Thorns of Life. This because Schwarzenbach’s Facebook image says the same and because he is currently defending his masters thesis on Percy Bysshe Shelly whose poem “Ode to the West Wind” features the line (emphasis his) “I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!”

In an unsubstantiated quotation, Schwarzenbach describes the band as such, “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.”

I’m going to take a cold shower for a week. To say this is exciting is an understatement.

Pic by Brooklyn DIY
Pic by Brooklyn DIY

(Hat tip to Brooklyn DIY, pop punk bored, Complete Jawbreaker Cigarbox Guitars, and Punknews)

Blake Schwarzenbach’s New Band – The Thorns of Life?

0 thoughts on “Blake Schwarzenbach’s New Band – The Thorns of Life?

  1. kylie says:

    Exciting news. I still have a letter from Aaron Cometbus from 1989 responding to my goofy 16-year-old girl fan letter. He informed me that I had just missed Crimpshrine playing with Bad Religion in my city. Sad news. Never saw either of them play.

    Saw Jawbreaker though and would love to see Thorns of Life – so English lit of them!


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