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Jawn n. Slang. Region: Greater Philadelphia. (jôn) 1. The universal noun. Any object, being or entity. Used particularly in reference to something which is difficult for the speaker to describe.
The press has called them "experimental and jammy," "poppy blues rock" and a mix of "funk, rock, pop and soul." Upon joining the band at the close of 2013, drummer Anthony Rodriguez referred to them as "groovy metal." When asked what kind of music they play, they become uncomfortable, looking at their feet and mumbling any number of adjectives. They are all of this and more; they are The Jawn.
Taking their name from the swiss army knife-like, all purpose Philadelphia slang term, The Jawn have left audiences stunned with their high energy performances.
The Jawn combine tight, virtuosic musicianship and improvisation with catchy hooks and melody; while many acts excel at one realm or the other, The Jawn equally cultivate both skills, offering something for everyone. Guitarists Pat Durkin and Ricky Haldis trade lead guitar licks and provide vocals, while the rhythm section of bassist Mike Novak and newcoming drummer Anthony Rodriguez lay a hard hitting groove underneath.
In just under a year, The Jawn have made a mark on the city they get their name from, playing shows with local heroes like Bong Hits For Jesus and The Great Socio; opening for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett); performing at the Caravan Music Festival in Maine opening for Cheers Elephant; and closing out 2013 by winning a contest to open a Disco Biscuits New Years Eve after party with Brothers Past in New York.
The Jawn is looking forward to 2014, with sights set on recording a debut album and branching outside of the city.