by Miles Raymer
Former Chicagoan Brian Moss, who you may know from his emo-tinged projects the Ghost and Hanalei, has a reputation as a very earnest musician, but he obviously has a goofier side that he's willing to indulge. His new project is called Jahbreaker and, as the name implies, it's a reggae Jawbreaker cover band. Recently they posted two songs online with titles that are similarly on-the-nose, "Hotboxcar" (which is "Boxcar" but the lyrics are about weed) and "Bad Weed, Dealer's Fault" (which is "Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault" but the lyrics are about weed). The band does an impression of roots-style reggae that's adequate, but isn't going to make you mistake them for serious reggae dudes, which is fine because that's not the point. The group's primarily a delivery device for one groan-worthy pun that most people wouldn't have even care about enough to spend the ten minutes in Photoshop that it would take to mock up a T-shirt design, so the fact that they've followed through far enough to actually make a recording is truly admirable.
You can stream the two songs—which, despite what the group's Bandcamp page claims, are almost certainly not going to appear on an upcoming split seven-inch with 311—after the jump.