Every now and then, you stumble across a band that speaks to you at just the right time, and they end up becoming one of your all-time favorites. This group seems to understand what you're going through better than any of your peers, and acts as a gateway drug to all of its influences and similar bands. I'm willing to bet that everyone had "the band that changed everything" at one time or another, and for me, it was Jawbreaker.
Jawbreaker is a bit of an acquired taste. The band is one of the forerunners of emo, and not in the guyliner and sideswept-bangs sense. Blake Schwarzenbach's raspy voice isn't for everyone, but Jawbreaker evolved from album to album, so there's something for both emo purists and pop-punk fans to enjoy.