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?

Cory Branan – TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA (10/11/08)

Cory Branan, a singer from Memphis (now living in Austin), sung about in a Lucero song, is a compelling stage presence. Dustying up his voice to better suit the narration of the song and playing the shit out of his acoustic guitar, Branan is a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll. There weren’t too many people there, but those who were had a good time.

Cory Branan – TT The Bears, Cambridge, MA (10/11/08)

The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

So there’s these punkers, right, and usually they’re playing with electric guitars and amps and drums, and then they go on the Revival Tour without their bands and with their acoustic guitars. They bring along a slide guitar player, a stand up bass player, and a fiddle player for support, and then the awesomeness happens. I liked it better when they were all playing together, but then Ben, Tim, and Chuck in that order.

The Revival Tour – Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music) – Tim Barry (Avail) – Ben Nichols (Lucero). The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

Avail, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA

I saw Avail for the first time about 10 years ago and they’re still rocking the finger wagging sing along punk. You now get thrown out of the club for stage diving (which I’m too old for anyway) so the band kept promising to “announce when it was the last song”. They did, and mayhem ensued, which reminded me of the first time I saw them, every song was the last song, and they didn’t kick people out for stage diving (which I wasn’t too old for).

Avail, The Middle East, Cambridge, MA