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About Jeff Rosenstock

Before making his first solo effort, Long Island native Jeff Rosenstock was the driving force behind the bands Bomb the Music Industry! and the Arrogant Sons of Bitches. A major advocate of D.I.Y. ideals since his teenage years, he also founded the donation-based indie label Quote Unquote Records in 2006. From the mid-'90s until their breakup in 2004, the Arrogant Sons of Bitches released three high-energy ska-punk records and various EPs, after which Rosenstock and a couple of other members formed the new collective Bomb the Music Industry! Incorporating ska, punk, hardcore, and even synth pop, Rosenstock stuck to his D.I.Y. ideals both musically and conceptually. The prolific group generally offered its albums as free downloads, kept its concert tickets under $10, and even provided free stencils and paints at its gigs so fans could make their own T-shirts. With a rotating cast of members, Rosenstock was the one constant during the band's ten-year run. In addition to starting his own label and fronting side projects like Kudrow and Antarctigo Vespucci, he had stints playing in various other punk and ska bands like Mustard Plug, the Bruce Lee Band, and Andrew Jackson Jihad. His solo debut, I Look Like Shit, arrived in 2012. By this time, Bomb the Music Industry! had begun to slow down and eventually called it quits in 2014. Rosenstock delivered his second solo album, We Cool?, the following year, followed in 2016 by the nervy, ambitious Worry., his second effort for SideOneDummy. Written early 2017 and recorded by producer Jack Shirley in a marathon one-week session, Rosenstock's third full-length, Post-, was released with no advance promotion on New Year's Day 2018. ~ Timothy Monger

Baldwin, NY
7 Sep 1982

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