Few in the modern musical landscape have reinvented themselves like Jesse Malin. Revered by iconic figures from Bruce Springsteen and Joe Strummer to Joey Ramone and Jim Jarmusch, Malin's writing is a fearless blend of gritty street poetry and incisive self-reflection. "His songs are so good they hurt my feelings," Ryan Adams once said, and it's little wonder considering Malin's ability to bridge the reckless abandon of The Replacements with the sensitive introspection of Neil Young. Against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, he's chronicled love, loss, desire, guilt, and salvation, thriving in the chaos like a musical chameleon and outlasting the bastards at every turn.
Malin's career began on Manhattan's Lower East Side at the age of 12, when founded the pioneering hardcore band Heart Attack, which would go on to release the seminal 'God Is Dead' 7-inch and play dates with Bad Brains, Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys, and more. Out of the ashes of Heart Attack, Malin formed D Generation, the influential punk band described by Rolling Stone as "the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties." Major label releases and critical acclaim followed, along with tours with the Ramones, Cheap Trick, Social Distortion, KISS, Green Day, and more, but the years of hard living and volatile personalities caught up with the band by the end of the decade, and Malin needed a change.
Forced out of his apartment in the rapidly-gentrifying East Village, Malin booked five days of studio time (all he could afford) and used it to cut the entirety his debut solo album, 2002's 'The Fine Art Of Self Destruction.' Produced by Ryan Adams, the record was stripped-down, acoustic, raw, and intimate, and it was an unqualified smash with press on both sides of the pond. Malin would spend the next decade-and-a-half blurring the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker, releasing a string of celebrated records including 2004's self-produced 'The Heat' and 2007's 'Glitter In The Gutter,' which was released on Green Day's Adeline Records and featured appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jakob Dylan, The Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett, and Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. In 2010, Malin put together a new backing band, The St. Mark's Social, and released 'Love It To Life,' called "the best album of his career" by Paste Magazine. Throughout it all, he continued to circle the globe relentlessly, touring with everyone from Gogol Bordello and The Hold Steady to The Gaslight Anthem and Butch Walker, in addition to performing on The Tonight Show, Conan, Letterman, and more.
After a five-year studio hiatus, Malin returned with a bang in 2015, releasing a pair of albums within seven months of each other. Showcasing a newfound musical adventurousness that tipped its cap to the bass-driven grooves of The Clash and punchy brass of Motown, 'New York Before The War' and 'Outsiders' found Malin tying together all the disparate threads of his musical life like never before.
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