Jets to Brazil

Jets to Brazil
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Genres Indie rock, emo
Years active 1997–2003
Labels Jade Tree Records
Past members Blake Schwarzenbach
Jeremy Chatelain
Chris Daly
Brian Maryansky

Jets to Brazil was an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 1997 until their disbandment in 2003.


The basis of what would become Jets to Brazil was founded by Blake Schwarzenbach, former frontman of Jawbreaker, and Jeremy Chatelain when Schwarzenbach relocated to New York City after Jawbreaker had disbanded. The two began working on four-track recordings aided by drum machines until former Texas Is the Reason drummer Chris Daly joined the band, and they signed to Jade Tree Records. The origin of the band's name came from a suggestion by Daly, after seeing it on a poster in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The group's first album, Orange Rhyming Dictionary, was released on Jade Tree Records in 1998 to critical and commercial success, followed by extensive touring with bands like The Promise Ring. Their second album, Four Cornered Night, was released in 2000 to mixed reviews. Four Cornered Night was the first album to feature new guitarist Brian Maryansky, formerly of the band The Van Pelt. With Maryansky included in the band, this allowed Schwarzenbach to also become the keyboard player for the band. In 2002, Jets to Brazil released their third and final album, Perfecting Loneliness, to positive reviews.


By autumn of 2003, less than a year after the release of Perfecting Loneliness, the band had broken up for unspecified reasons.

Schwarzenbach teaches English at Hunter College in New York City and is pursuing a PhD in English Literature. In October 2008, he started a new band, The Thorns of Life, but was short-lived and broke up in August 2009. Shortly afterwards Schwarzenbach enlisted ex-Against Me! drummer Kevin Mahon and bassist Caroline Paquita to form Forgetters who released an album and started their own record label, Too Small To Fail Records.

Daly reunited with Texas Is The Reason for two shows at the Irving Plaza in New York City in November 2006 and a reunion tour from 2012 to 2013.

"Sweet Avenue", the final track of Orange Rhyming Dictionary, has since been often attributed to Damien Rice due to misattribution on peer-to-peer networks.


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